Last season Claire Wanzer set the Amherst girls basketball career scoring record. Now she owns the overall mark of 1,490 points, passing the boys' record of 1,482 set last season by Terrell Brown.
Wanzer scored 18 points for the Tigers Tuesday night inn a 74-36 win at Sweet Home. She needed 11 points to pass Brown and she did it with a free throw with 2:52 left in the second quarter. She did not play in the fourth quarter.
Only three of Wanzer's points came via the three-point shot.
"She can score a lot of ways," said Amherst coach Mike Chatelle, "and she can handle the ball."
Wanzer, who has signed with Niagara University, has played six seasons for Amherst, beginning her varsity career as a seventh-grader at Amherst Middle School.
Claire's younger sister, Ella, an eighth-grader, had 12 points in Tuesday's victory which left the fourth-ranked Tigers with an 11-3 overall record and a 7-2 mark in ECIC II, where their only losses were in close games against No. 2 ranked Williamsville South.
Cooper leads Amherst win
Amherst, fifth-ranked in the boys large school poll, got a huge game from senior Marcellus Cooper in an 88-45 romp past visiting Williamsville East in an ECIC II game.
Cooper made 14 of 17 shots and had 10 rebounds and eight steals. DaShawn Hines had 14 points and seven assists in the victory.
Williamsville South, No. 2 in the boys large school poll, turned in a 74-49 victory over Jamestown, ranked 10th behind the 1-2 punch of Greg Dolan and Dakota Wiley. Dolan had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 5 assists and a block in the victory. Wiley scored 24, including four three-pointers and had three steals. Jamestown played without its leading scorer James Rojas.
In ECIC III, East Aurora improved its divison record to 8-1 with a 61-32 triumph over visiting Depew as Josh Denz led four double-digits scorers for the Blue Devils with 17 points. East Aurora moved a half-game in front of idle Cheektowaga for the division lead.
Holland girls win in ECIC IV
Juniors accounted for all but 11 of the points for Holland Tuesday night in a 46-23 triumph at Cleveland Hill, that left the winners in sole possession of first place in ECIC IV girls basketball.
Kaitlyn Bulega led the Dutchwomen with 15 points. Junior Cassidy Slocum had 12 points while senior Hulia Grupp added 11. Slocum also had 12 rebounds in the victory while Kara Schmidt and Bulega had four assists each. Bulega also blocked four shots.
Holland turned the showdown game into a rout early, limiting the Golden Eagles to two points in the opening quarter while taking a 10-2 advantage. It was 23-11 at the half. The teams had come into the game tied for the division lead with 8-2 record.
Down, 30-19 at halftime, Alden rallied to send the game to overtime and went on to a 53-51 victory over the Raiders in another ECIC IV game.
"It's the third game this year we were down double-digits at halftime and came back to win," said Alden coach Bob Delzer. "They’re making me lose my hair."
The Bulldogs made similar comebacks against Springville and Holland.
Sydney Thompson scored six of Alden’s 10 points in the overtime. She had 14 points and 10 rebounds, nine on the offensive end.
Monsignor Martin probe over
The investigation is over. The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday night that there will be no further discipline by the league in wake of last Friday’s post-game incident at St. Francis High School following the Red Raiders’ close win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
Here is the press release the league issued by Pete Schneider, the league’s interim executive director, Tuesday night:
"The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association has determined that the administration and Athletic Directors of both Bishop Timon-St. Jude and St. Francis high schools have taken the appropriate corrective measures to address the conclusion of Friday night’s basketball game. MMHSAA would like to thank both schools for their cooperation and proactive response. No further action is required by the league."
Police and coaches defused a minor situation in which St. Francis fans and Timon players gathered together after the game. According one eyewitness no punches were thrown but a St. Francis fan appeared to taunt Timon players as they were walking off the court.