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High School Extra (Dec. 13): After taking lumps last season, Violets open Cup play with a win

Lafayette High won only two of its 14 games last season in the Yale Cup series among Buffalo Public Schools boys basketball teams.

The Violets are already 1-0 this year and coach Patrick Foster believes they will have some more.

After opening with two losses, Lafayette opened the Yale Cup season with a 52-38 victory over International Prep at Grover Cleveland in a League II match. The Violets led only 34-28 after the third quarter but pulled away with an 18-10 fourth quarter.

"We were able to pull away by breaking their press and getting a couple of threes," Foster said. "It was good to see what we can do if we put four quarters together."

Senior Jeffrey Felix, a third-year varsity player, was high scorer with 14 points for Lafayette. Felix hit two three-point shots in the fourth quarter to give his team a boost and also had five rebounds and four steals.

Lafayette also received strong games from junior Dayshawn Elliott (12 points) and senior Takeylo Burts (11 points). Burts, an athletic 6-feet-2, had nine rebounds and five blocked shots.

"We took our lumps last year and lost two good players from that team but our two seniors, Felix and Burts, and Elliott are good players, too."

Lafayette played without injured guard Austin Grimes, who at 5-7 figures to give the Violets a ballhandler with quickness.

In Yale Cup League 1, East and Riverside staged a high-scoring affair at East with the host Panthers coming out on top, 86-68.  There were some big individual point totals. Junior Willard Anderson had 34 points and Justin Allen, another junior had 25.. Anderson hit five three-pointers, but that was only half of what junior Dialo Stevens shot for the Frontiers. Stevens also 34 points, 30 of if coming on 10 treys.

Pfeiffer gets 33 for Olean

As a sophomore last season Sara Pfeiffer of Olean was a second team All-Western New York selection and averaged 23.2 points a game.

Pfeiffer didn’t seem like herself to coach Randy Samuelson, as the Huskies split their first two games against Frewsburg and Hornell of Section V.

"Last season she played loose and free the whole season. We struggled in our first two games and Sara didn’t seem to have that bounce to her step," said  Samuelson.

Well, the old Sara was back Monday night. She scored 33 points, including seven three-point shots, in Olean’s 65-36 victory at Pioneer.

"Old Sara was nice to see," Samuelson said. "She looked a lot more confident tonight."

Olean sped away to a 24-5 first quarter lead and never was really threatened by the Panthers, who just beginning to get used to a new coach, Patrick Souder.

Pfeiffer went into this season with 821 points for her two varsity seasons and added 41 in the Huskies' first two games before her 33 Monday night.

In a nonleague game between two Monsignor Martin Association teams, junior Micaela Ryan scored 23 points to lead Sacred Heart (3-0) over Nardin, 63-40.

Jennifer Grimm had 10 points for the Sharks.

Eighth-grader leads Billies

Six-foot-four eighth-grader Amari DeBerry scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds for Williamsville South in a 53-50 victory over Amherst at Daemen in their ECIC II opener. Amherst moved up this season from ECIC III.

Monsignor Martin icers win

Kaitlin Drew-Mead scored twice for Monsignor Martin (4-1-1) in a 3-2 victory over CASH (Clarence-Amherst-Sweet Home) in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation game at

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