Schools may be off on break, but we're up and ready to go. Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports.
What to watch for Friday
1. Boys basketball - I-90 Holiday Showcase at Villa Maria
No. 7 small school Dunkirk (4-3) opens Friday's action against V-School of the Arts at 3 p.m. The Marauders are a high-scoring bunch, led offensively by juniors Darnell Butts and Tyreese Kristan Johnson.
The next game at 4:45 p.m. features No. 2 small school East Aurora (6-1) and V-Newark, which dominated CSAT yesterday, 74-33. The Blue Devils have won five straight since losing to Olean by 21 the first week of December. Seniors Nick (16.7 points per game) and Joe (11.7) Montgomery lead the team in scoring.
No. 3 small school East (4-2) then takes on V-Clyde Savannah at 6:30 p.m. The Panthers have scored 100-plus points the past two games in dominating wins over Emerson, 101-62, and Hutch-Tech, 120-70. Junior Willard Anderson (30.8 ppg) scored 79 of those 221 points. Fellow junior Justin Allen averages 18.2 ppg.
Friday's headliner at 8:15 p.m. has two teams from Western New York: No. 5 small school Cardinal O'Hara (3-4) vs. Medina (3-3). The Hawks snapped a two-game losing streak with a win Wednesday against Kenmore East. Sophomores Justin Hemphill (17.6 ppg, 13 rebounds per game) and Jermaine Haynes (16.4 ppg) lead O'Hara in scoring. High-flying junior Jalin Cooper (20.8 ppg) is the top player for the Mustangs, who are riding a two-game win streak. Sophomore Johnny Salone averages 11 ppg.
2. Girls Basketball - Orchard Park Tournament
No. 1 small school East Aurora (6-0) takes on the host, No. 8 large school Orchard Park (5-2), for the tournament title at 3:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils scored a 51-43 victory over honorable mention large school Hamburg yesterday. Junior Emma Brinker had a triple-double with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 13 blocks. Julianna Meisenheimer had only four points, but the senior also added 12 assists and five steals.
The Quakers nearly tripled-up Sweet Home, 62-22. Four different players scored in double figures, led by 19 from junior Sam Fischer. Jenna Probst scored 11, while Danielle Hore and Celeste O'Connor each added 10.
3. Boys basketball - IAABO Holiday Classic at St. Bonaventure
Small Schools Championship
No. 6 Chautauqua Lake (7-0) and honorable mention Franklinville (3-2) play for the small schools title at 6 p.m.
Junior Devin Pope scored 22 points and had eight rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead the Thunderbirds past Portville, 71-52. Aaron Swan added 17, Tyler Meredith 14.
The Panthers topped Allegany-Limestone in the other game, 72-51.
Large Schools Championship
Honorable mention small school Nichols (3-4) takes on honorable mention large school Olean (6-2) at 7:45 p.m. to warp up the IAABO Classic
The Vikings received 14 points from senior Will Johnson and 12 from freshman Aidan Horan in their 45-26 win over Bradford (Pa.).
The Huskies disposed of Warren (Pa.), 51-35, in their Thursday matchup. Senior Monty Shoemaker (four three-pointers) and Tristen Snyder (12 rebounds) each scored a game-high 15 points for Olean.
4. Girls basketball - IAABO Holiday Classic at St. Bonaventure
The championship between Allegany-Limestone (1-4) and Franklinville (5-0) is set for a 4:15 p.m. tip-off.
Honorable mention small school Allegany-Limestone earned its first win of the season with a 58-47 decision over Bradford (Pa.) yesterday. The Gators outscored the Owls, 35-20, in the second half to overcome a 27-23 deficit at the break.
No. 2 small school Franklinville topped honorable mention large school Olean, 56-43, in the other matchup. The Panthers opened up a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and pretty much maintained it throughout. Danielle Haskell (32 points, seven three-pointers) and Allyson Haskell (19 points) were a force for Franklinville. Olean sophomore Sara Pfeiffer, who scored 12, reached the 1,000-point plateau midway through the third quarter.
5. Boys hockey - 31st Nichols-Belmont Hill Holiday Tournament
After round-robin play Wednesday and Thursday, the top two teams in each division qualified for this morning's semifinals.
First up is Nichols (3-0) against Brunswick School of Connecticut (1-1-1) at 9 a.m. The Vikings were the only team to win all of its preliminary matchups the past two days.
The other semifinal has The Rivers School of Massachusetts (2-0-1) taking on Kimball Union Academy of New Hampshire (2-1) at 11 a.m.
The tournament final also takes place Friday, with the winners returning to the ice for a 6:30 p.m. puck drop
St. Francis plays in the fourth-place consolation game against Upper Canada College (Ont.) at 2 p.m.
- Boys basketball: North Tonawanda at Amherst, 6:30 p.m.
- Boys hockey: Canisius vs. Orchard Park, 7:30 p.m. at Leisure Rinks
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
#PrepTalkLive updates: While we follow ALL the high school action via our Prep Talk team, we encourage YOU to also tweet updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive attached.
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