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 - Williamsville South at Amherst, 8:15 p.m.
If Part Two of "The Battle of Main Street" is anything like Part One, the fans in attendance at Amherst High School are in for quite a treat when the No. 6 large school Tigers (11-2, 6-1) welcome the No. 2 large school Billies (9-1, 6-0).
South won a 62-59 overtime thriller on Dec. 12 at Daemen College, where Greg Dolan and Dakota Wiley each scored a game-high 16 points and combined for 16 more rebounds. Those two also helped limit Amherst's Marcellus Cooper to 10 points and nine rebounds, noticeably below his season averages of 17.2 points and 12 rebounds per game.
Otherwise, both teams have dominated a relatively weak ECIC II division. South's next-closest game was a 23-point win against West Seneca East. Amherst's was a 10-point win against Sweet Home. The Billies and Tigers beefed up their nonleague schedules as a result.
The Billies own wins over Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Cheektowaga, held a 20-point lead at Park before losing by six, and have St. Francis (which beat Park in double overtime on Wednesday), V-University Prep, Jamestown and V-Aquinas coming up their next four games.
The Tigers have wins over East, Lancaster, Maryvale, North Tonawanda and McKinley, lost to Timon, and head to Jamestown this coming Tuesday.
2. Girls Basketball - Williamsville South at Amherst, 6:45 p.m.
As if the boys nightcap wasn't enough, the preceding girls matchup between No. 3 large school Williamsville South (8-3, 6-0) and No. 5 large school Amherst (8-2, 6-1) has the look of that appetizer that fills you up before the main course even hits the table.
The first round between these teams wasn't too shabby, either, with the Billies pulling out a 53-50 win on their home floor. Amherst held a 27-20 lead at halftime, but South's 6-foot-4 eighth-grade center Amari DeBerry scored 20 of her game-high 25 points after the break and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Billies back for the win.
Tigers senior Claire Wanzer, a Niagara commit, averages a team-leading 17.7 ppg but was held to 13 against South in the first meeting.
3. Boys Basketball - North Tonawanda at Niagara Falls, 6:30 p.m.
Niagara Frontier rivals No. 8 large school North Tonawanda (10-2, 7-1) and No. 9 large school Niagara Falls (7-5, 6-2) meet for the second time this season, with the Lumberjacks attempting to earn the season sweep.
NT won a defensive slugfest, 42-37, back on Dec. 9 in the third game of the season for both teams. Vincent Tripi and Trevor Book led the Lumberjacks with eight points a piece, while Tazaun Rose of Niagara Falls led all scorers with nine. Charles Lamar and Syquan Ralands also each had eight for the Wolverines.
The Lumberjacks have only lost to Lockport in the league and have wins over Grand Island and Kenmore West. The Falls lost to NT and Grand Island and have wins over Lockport and Kenmore West.
4. Girls basketball - Lake Shore at Depew, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 large school Lake Shore (10-0, 6-0) looks to remain the only unbeaten basketball team left in Western New York when they visit No. 8 small school Depew (9-5, 5-2) in an ECIC III contest.
The Eagles pulled out a 59-52 win the first time these teams met on Dec. 13. The Wildcats held a 15-8 lead after the first quarter and a 41-40 lead after three but were outscored 19-11 in the final frame.
Lake Shore was led by Tashawni Cornfield's (12.4 ppg) 21 points and Raeann White's (13.3 ppg) 13. Shayla Scanlan (11.7 ppg) added eight points and eight rebounds.
Depew played without its second-leading scorer in Tess Borgosz, who's averaged 14 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in the 12 she's played. Aviance Clark (17.7 ppg) led the way with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Brittany Bobeck more than picked up the slack on the boards with 13 points and 19 rebounds.
5. Boys basketball - Walsh at Cardinal O'Hara, 6:30 p.m.
No. 6 Walsh (7-3, 1-2) heads to No. 4 small school Cardinal O'Hara (9-5, 4-1) for a Monsignor Martin Class B showdown.
The Hawks have won five in a row, including wins over East, St. Mary's of Lancaster and Nichols. Sophomore Justin Hemphill continues his strong play averaging a double-double with 18.7 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. Fellow sophomore Jermaine Haynes averages 15.7 ppg.
The Eagles, meanwhile, are coming off a buzzer-beating 48-47 loss to Niagara Catholic on Tuesday. Senior Tavien Kemp, Western New York's leading scorer at 36.5 ppg, had 29 in the losing effort. The returning All-WNY fourth teamer hasn't scored less than 27 in a game this season and has scored at least 40 four times. His running mate, half-brother Latrell Butler-Kemp, added 10 points.
- Boys basketball: St. Joe's at St. Francis, 7 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Lockport at Kenmore West, 6:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Frontier at Jamestown, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Pine Valley at Ellicottville, 7:30 p.m.
- Boys hockey: Lew-Port at West Seneca East, 7 p.m. at West Seneca Ice Rink
- Wrestling: Day one of the ECIC Championships at Starpoint
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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