Depew, ranked No. 7 among small schools, knocked off No. 1 East Aurora, 46-36, in the biggest girls basketball game of the night. Tess Borgosz led the Wildcats with 24 points. Sarah Tully had 15 points for the Blue Devils, who lost center Emma Brinker to injury earlier this month.
Hannah Cybart of Fredonia showed a good sense of drama during the Hillbillies game with Falconer. The senior needed 31 points to reach 1,000, and that’s exactly how many she scored in a 72-31 win. That’s a career high for Cybart.
Clarence, ranked No. 6 among large schools, didn’t hurt its case to move up by beating Jamestown, 41-21. Carly Reynolds had 19 points for the Red Devils, who improved to 12-2, 7-1 in ECIC I.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster, ranked No. 9 among small schools, moved to 14-3 (4-2 in the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association) with a 51-47 win over Nichols. Courtney Kline led the Lancers with 12 points, while Caroline Zanghi had 11.
Rachel Senek had 19 points, 10 rebounds and six steals as Wilson defeated Akron, 64-48. Shea Munnikhuysen had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Lakewomen.
Frewsburg jumped out to a 32-12 lead at the half and coasted to a 56-36 win over Allegany-Limestone. Kaitlyn Blanchard had 20 points for the Bears, while Olivia Lynn finished with 17 points. Frewsburg (12-2) is ranked No. 4 among small schools.
Crusaders get rolling
Canisius had a slow start during its nonleague game with Bishop Kearney of Rochester on Friday night. The Crusaders trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half.
“We were lethargic,” Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. “I don’t know why. We were down, 30-22, at halftime.”
The Crusaders got a boost of energy just in time. They rallied to pull out a 59-58 home win.
Austin James led Canisius with 26 points. The rest of the team seemed to follow him during the course of the comeback.
“Once we finally had some shots go down, mostly from Austin, our energy level picked up,” Husband said. “We like to say that when the defense takes over a game, we get some energy. But it was Austin’s scoring that gave us a lift.”
The Crusaders have a busy week next week, playing three games in five days. It’s capped by a matchup with St. Francis next Friday.
In another nonleague game, Burgard and Franklinville couldn’t have played a much closer game. The lead switched sides after every quarter, and it was Burgard that came away with a 52-50 win. Deamonte Riley had 17 for the Bulldogs, while Dajuan Williams added 16 points with seven rebounds.
In ECIC I, James Rojas scored his 1,000th point for Jamestown, as the Red Raiders defeated Clarence, 69-61. Rojas finished the game with 33 points to go with 13 rebounds, five blocks and five assists. Jamestown is 9-4, 6-0 in ECIC I. Jack Putney had 16 points with four three-pointers for the Red Devils.
Josh Denz and Nick Montgomery had 15 points each as East Aurora defeated Depew, 42-26. The Blue Devils – ranked No. 2 among small schools – had a 20-4 edge in the decisive second quarter. East Aurora improved to 12-3, 7-1 in ECIC III.
In Msgr. Martin Athletic Association play, Eric Brown put on a clinic in free throw shooting for St. Mary’s of Lancaster in an 83-70 win over Cardinal O’Hara. Brown went 10 for 10 from the line in the fourth quarter, 12 for 12 in the second half and 14 for 14 in the game. He finished with 22 points. Christian Schablewski came up with 27 points and 17 rebounds for the Lancers.
• Nate Maloney of Niagara Wheatfield (674) and Sierra Lassman of Niagara Wheatfield (626) were the top series scorers in the boys and girls bowling competitions respectively in the Niagara Frontier League’s Individual Championships. The event was held at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.
• In boys hockey, Zach Biasillo had three goals and Jimmy Doran finished with two goals and two assists as Orchard Park pounded Hamburg, 9-1. The Quakers moved to 11-3-1.
• Pioneer wrapped up its fourth straight division wrestling title in ECIC III. The Panthers defeated Cheektowaga, 66-15. Matt Roblee (170 pounds) won by pin in two seconds less than a minute.