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High School Extra (Dec. 16): O'Hara boys drop Newfane

Second half keys O’Hara

Truth be told, the weather had an impact on Cardinal O'Hara's boys basketball team. With after-school activities shut down on Wednesday, that meant the Hawks couldn't practice.

But O’Hara came away with the 64-58 win over the Panthers.

"We didn’t get our defense together until the second half," O’Hara coach Tony Pulvirenti said. "Once we did that in the second half, we did pretty well."

The Hawks (2-2) used an 11-0 run in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Justin Hemphill led O’Hara with 16 points and 17 rebounds while Rene Velazquez also scored 16. Newfane’s Max Weber led all scorers with 20 points.

In the other game, Niagara Catholic defeated Starpoint, 54-47.

Falls-Aquinas postponed

The game between Niagara Falls and Aquinas scheduled for Thursday will be made up at Aquinas at a date to be announced. The game, part of the AdPro Public/Private Challenge, will be a rematch of last season’s Class AA Far West Regional between the Wolverines and Little Irish. Aquinas dominated Falls at Buffalo State, 65-42, on its way to a NYSPHSAA title.

Kromer leads offense

Mary Kromer had a goal and three assists for Orchard Park/Frontier/Lake Shore in a 5-0 win over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden in Western New York Federation girls hockey. Brooke Becker had a goal and an assist.

In other girls hockey games, Williamsville had seven different goal scorers in an 8-0 win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew. Jenna Cavaleri had two goals for Williamsville.

Clarence-Amherst-Sweet Home earned a 7-3 win over Kenmore-Grand Island. Julia Mings, Emma Faso and Page Gross each had two goals in the win.

Blair nets game-winner

Cam Blair scored the game-winning goal for Grand Island in a 2-1 victory over Niagara Falls in Western New York Federation boys hockey. Grand Island improved to 5-2. Niagara Falls dropped to 0-4.

 

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