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High School Extra (Jan. 21): Cardinal O'Hara contains Walsh's Kemp

No one has been able to stop Tavien Kemp of Walsh – the area’s top scorer – this season. Cardinal O’Hara at least figured out a way to slow him down a little.

Kemp scored 32 points, but his Eagles dropped a 65-50 decision to the Hawks. Cardinal O’Hara tried using a triangle-and-two zone defense in
order to contain Kemp. Latrell Butler-Kemp had 12 points, and the rest of the team only scored a total of six points.

For O’Hara, Jermaine Hayes scored 21 points with four three-pointers. Justin Hemphill added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

It was a milestone night for Nate Brawdy of Gowanda. He went past the 1,000-point mark as his team earned a 68-47 win over Pine Valley. Brawdy finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Jacob Genzel put the Hamburg team on its back and carried it to a 67-60 victory over West Seneca East. He had only seven points in the first half, and then scored 12 in the third quarter. Genzel topped himself with 15 points in the fourth to finish with 34. Zamari Mitchell had 19 points for WSE.

In the Niagara Frontier League, Dylan James of Kenmore West came through when it counted the most. With the score tied, 53-53, James hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left. It gave the Blue Devils the 55-53 win over Lockport. Kyle Laplante had 21 points for Kenmore West, while Kyle Brown led Lockport with 13 points.

Newfane had to kill the last 18 seconds before claiming a 59-57 win over Wilson. Max Weber led the Panthers with 18 points, while Connor Seeley scored 21 for the Lakemen.

Depew pulls big upset

Depew has spoiled Lake Shore’s long undefeated run. The Wildcats recorded a 51-43 victory after Lake Shore had notched 10 straight victories. The Eagles had been ranked No. 2
among large schools, while Depew was eighth among small schools.

Cleveland Hill, ranked No. 9 among small schools in girls basketball, had its hands full with a pesky Springville team. The Golden Eagles eventually came away with a 42-35 win. Sydney Turley finished with 21 points and 21 rebounds, while Jayla James contributed 13 points.

Frontier is intent on moving up in the large school rankings. The Falcons received 20 points from Claire Kruska as they defeated Jamestown, 57-34. Frontier is ranked sixth in the current poll.

In ECIC II, Sweet Home didn’t score a point in the first period, but the Panthers made up for it the rest of the way. They beat Williamsville East, 42-37. Danielle Brandt had 20 points for Sweet Home, while Rachel Romanowski finished with 21 points for the Flames.

Ellicottville – ranked sixth among small schools – improved to 11-1 with a convincing 59-27 win over Pine Valley, which dropped to 10-2.

The Eagles were paced by Linnea Jimerson, who had 18 points, and Marissa Hamilton, who scored 16 points and added eight rebounds, 10 assists and four blocks.

Orchard Park skates to win

Both of Orchard Park’s hockey teams earned victories. The boys knocked off Frontier, 5-1. Tyler Bienias finished with three goals and an assist, and Zach Biasillo had four assists.

The girls, part of the Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park team, defeated West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden, 4-3. Frangelica Bautz had four points for FLOP.

New time, date for game

The Niagara Falls boys’ basketball team’s home game against Lockport has been moved from Feb. 15 to Jan. 28. Start time will be 1:30 p.m.

The games were moved from an evening start time to afternoon for precautionary reasons following an incident at Lockport High. At least 50 spectators attending the teams’ Jan. 10 meeting got into a fight in the lobby outside the gym toward the end of the contest – a brawl that spilled into the parking lot, according to the Niagara Gazette.

“Student-athletes from Lockport and Niagara Falls were not involved in the recent incident in Lockport, and I don’t anticipate any problems,” Falls Superintendent Mark Laurrie said in a statement. “But it makes sense to reschedule for the safety of all students from both schools.”

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