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What to watch for Tuesday
1. Boys basketball - Jamestown at Williamsville South, 7:30 p.m.
No. 2 large school Williamsville South (11-2) and No. 10 large school Jamestown (9-4) continue their tough nonleague schedules with another high-profile boys basketball matchup on Tuesday. The game also feature two of the best players in Western New York in South junior Greg Dolan and Jamestown senior James Rojas.
The Billies have been the top public school team in WNY this season, as evidenced by wins over Amherst, Bishop Timon-St. Jude, St. Francis and V-University Prep. South's losses have been to No. 1 Park and No. 5 Amherst. The Billies have one more nonleague tune-up coming up on Thursday when V-Aquinas comes to town. South then ends the season with five straight ECIC II games before the quest for a third Section VI title in as many years gets underway.
All four of Jamestown's losses have come in nonleague games, but playing against high-level competition like Canisius, V-Leadership Academy, McKinley and Amherst should help the Red Raiders once sectionals come around. They have been dominant in ECIC I play, though. Jamestown's tied with Lancaster at 7-0, with the first head-to-head matchup with the Legends coming next Tuesday.
2. Boys basketball - North Tonawanda at Lockport, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 large school North Tonawanda (11-3, 8-2) visits honorable mention large school Lockport (12-4, 8-3) to determine which team will be the first to nine wins in the ultra-competitive Niagara Frontier League.
NT's first loss this season came in a 64-51 home game to the Lions, its largest margin of the season. The others came at Amherst by four points and at Niagara Falls by two. A win tonight at Lockport and the Lumberjacks would be in the driver's seat for a division title with CSAT, Kenmore East and Lew-Port left in league play. Grand Island is the only other NFL team with two losses, but it has a much tougher schedule with Kenmore West, Niagara Falls and Lockport coming up.
The Lions scored a huge 56-53 win at Niagara Falls on Saturday to split the season series with the Wolverines. Lockport only had four players score, but all of them scored in double figures. Tavon Chambers had a game-high 20 points, while Kyle Brown added 16 (four three-pointers), Cordel McDowell 12 and Malik Brooks 10. Remaining on the league schedule after tonight is Lew-Port and Grand Island.
3. Girls basketball - Holland at Cleveland Hill, 6:30 p.m.
No. 10 small school Cleveland Hill (11-3, 8-2) and Holland (9-6, 8-2), the top two teams in ECIC IV, battle it out for first place in the division. Holland protected home court with a 51-46 win against the Eagles on Dec. 22.
Cleve Hill's eight-game winning streak since that loss at Holland was snapped last Thursday in a 47-40 loss at Tonawanda, which also has a win against Holland and is in the divisional race at 7-2. Fifth-year seniors Sydney Turley (21.3 points per game, 12.3 rebounds per game) and Jayla James (12.2 ppg) are the top two players for the Eagles.
Holland's Cassidy Slocum had one of her best games of the year with 26 points and 14 rebounds against Cleve Hill in December. The junior leads the Dutchwomen averaging 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Their other ECIC IV loss came by two points at Alden on Dec. 13.
4. Girls basketball - Ellicottville at Pine Valley, 7:30 p.m.
No. 7 small school Ellicottville (14-1, 4-1) looks to keep pace with new No. 1 small school Franklinville in CCAA East II when it visits league foe Pine Valley (12-2, 3-2).
The Eagles scored a season-low 34 points and gave up a season-high 50 in their lone loss against Franklinville on Jan. 12. They've won five games since by at least 15 points. UB-bound senior Marrissa Hamilton leads the team in scoring at 18.8 ppg, while Emmalea Erlandson (11.9 ppg) and Linnea Jimerson (10 ppg) both average double figures.
Pine Valley's two losses have come to the two teams above it in the standings, Ellicottville and Franklinville. Four players average at least seven ppg for the Panthers, led by Zoe Nelson's 10.4.
5. Girls hockey - Last day of the regular season
Seeds 1-4 are set for the Section VI playoffs that start on Thursday. The Nos. 5 and 6 spots will be determined today when Williamsville (14-0-3) takes on Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew (1-15-1) at Holiday Twin Rinks and Monsignor Martin (11-3-2-0-1) takes on West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden (1-14-1-0-1) at West Seneca Ice Rink. Both start at 4 p.m.
Current No. 5 seed West Seneca sits one point ahead of Lancaster in the standings due to an overtime loss against Kenmore/Grand Island two weeks ago.
Thursday's quarterfinals at Northtown Center:
- 3-Amherst/Sweet Home/Clarence vs. No. 6 at 4 p.m.
- 4-Kenmore/Grand Island vs. No. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
- Boys basketball: Depew at East Aurora, 7:30 p.m.
- Girls basketball: Iroquois at Hamburg, 7:30 p.m.
Today's schedule can be found at our high school scoreboard.
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