Sharks start big
Sacred Heart got its season off to an impressive start, rolling over Tapestry Charter, 61-30, in the opening game of the Pastor-Cooper Showcase girls basketball tripleheader at Daemen College.
MVP of the game for the Sharks was Jennifer Grimm who had 16 points and was a factor in the boards. Grimm is a sophomore transfer from Immaculata Academy, which closed last spring.
Micaela Ryan, a returning standout, led the Sharks with 18 points.
It was Sacred Heart’s first game under interim coach Joe Coppola, who is filling in for Debbie Laux, who is on leave.
"We had 11 people score. That was nice," said Coppola, who liked the way his team moved the ball. "They really found the open player and it was great to see them making the right plays."
"The defense got better and better," as the game moved along, he added in an understatement. After taking a 32-16 lead into the intermission the Sharks had a 17-0 shutout in the third quarter..
Destiny Purdue led Tapestry with 11 points, nine coming on three-point baskets.
Fresh off two tough games on Long Island, Cardinal O'Hara disposed of a young Williamsville South team, 74-51, in rather routine fashion.
"We got out of the gate pretty strong," said O'Hara coach Dan McDermott. It was the 60th straight win for O'Hara over Western New York competition. The Hawks' last loss locally was to Sacred Heart in the 2013 Monsignor Martin championship game.
Shilah Parker, who usually sets up her teammates for scoring chances and pops from the outside, led the Hawks with 21 points.
"Shilah had an outstanding game," McDermott said. "She's been working hard on penetrating an driving. It was very evident tonight. She had a couple of threes, but she had seven two-pointers mostly on drives."
Cardinal O'Hara will be on the road again this weekend in the Best of New York Tournament at Jamesville-DeWitt in the Syracuse area. The Hawks will face Albertus Magnus from Rockland County in the first round on Saturday.
Scanlan leads Eagles
It wasn't pretty, but the Lake Shore girls fought off a second-half comeback by Amherst for a 72-62 win in the second game of the Pastor-Cooper card at Daemen.
Senior Shayla Scanlan, who will go to Louisville on a lacrosse scholarship next year, led the Eagles with 21 points and 11 rebounds. She’s been a varsity player for Lake Shore since eighth grade. Senior RaeAnn White had 19 points, leaving her needing 26 points to reach 1,000 for her career. She played three seasons at Gowanda before transferring to Lake Shore for her junior year last season.
"We were a little sloppy, but that’s what its like in December before we get our feet under us and start to learn the system again," Lake Shore coach Andrea Conrad said. "We were not taking care of the ball the way we should,."
Amherst star Claire Wanzer was held to 13 points.
"We did a really nice job against her," Conrad said, " but teammates surrounding her made some clutch shots in the third quarter. Emma Stelley and Morgan Halt had six points each for them in the third quarter.. Wanzer did a great job of distributing the ball. They are going to be a tough team come playoff time. They’re young and eager to learn."
Halt, a freshman, and Stelley, a sophomore, led Amherst to a 22-point second quarter which narrowed Lake Shore’s lead to 49-43.
Frontier looks better
Frontier struggled through a winless season with an inexperience team in ECIC I last season. Coach Gary Domzalski's Falcons are still young - three sophomores and a junior start 0 but they may be much improved.
"A year wise, a year stronger," Domzalski said after Frontier's 63-38 victory over Lake Shore in an opening round game of the Hamburg Lions Southtown Tournament at Hamburg.
Sophomore Brian Norsen and junior Kyle Ebert each scored 23 points for the Falcons, and combined to make 11 three-point shots. Norsen was 7 for 7 from three-point range and added a layup for a perfect shooting night. Ebert hit four threes as he followed up his 36-point performance in last Friday’s loss to Hamburg.
Sophomore pivot Brandon Dunz had eight points.
"Our point guard, Ben Taylor is a sophomore," Domzalski said. "He didn’t score tonight, but he had eight assists."
Andrew McDonagh led Lake Shore with 20 points.
Noah Grabar, the MVP of last year's tournament with 39 points in two gams, scored 17 to led Lackawanna over host Hamburg, 70-60, in other Southtowns first-round game. London Smith added 15 points, seven rebounds two steals and a blocked shot for the Steelers, who had a 23-13 advantage in the third quarter that spelled the difference.
Patrick Hart led Hamburg with 27 points. Mark Henry had 10.
Maryvale wins in OT
Down 46-42 in the final minute, Maryvale rallied to force overtime and went on to a 59-54 victory over visiting Olean.
"We beat a very good team," said Maryvale coach Mark Kensy. "As I told our team we have a pretty good squad, top to bottom. We’re not big but we’re feisty."
A three by Mark Bailey started the Maryvale comeback. Mike Schmidt of the Huskies made a free throw but a basket by Ted York-Brown of the Flyers tied the game. Ray Blackwell of Maryvale took a charge to create a turnover with 13 seconds left but Maryvale didn’t cash in .
In the overtime, Olean jumped to a five point lead but Maryvale came back again. Bailey hit another three to tie it and Brown drove the lane to give the Flyers the lead. Another three by Brian Sullivan made it 55-51. A fast break layup by York-Brown and two free throws by Blackwell closed it out.
Blackwell finished with 26 points to lead Maryvale.
Schmidt, a sophomore guard who is the son of St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt, led Olean with 19 points. Monty Shoemaker added 17 for the Huskies.