Nicola Adimey calls Julia Mings a team player, but with a milestone at hand and the outcome of Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home’s playoff game pretty much secure the coach let the senior make a run at a historic goal.
Mings capped a seven-point effort by scoring her 100th career goal – her fifth tally of the game – during the Katz’ 10-4 Section VI girls hockey quarterfinal win over Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew.
Mings scored three goals during a wide-open third period at Northtowns Center in Amherst in which the teams combined for seven goals. CASH led 6-1 after two periods.
Adimey said the Katz knew Mings needed five goals for the milestone but didn’t know if that was doable in a single game. After Mings scored her fourth, the coach decided to leave her on the ice during the final 4 minutes, 30 seconds in an attempt to get No. 100.
“She’s a great kid,” Adimey said. “She’s been a team leader the past few seasons, but if something doesn’t go right she doesn’t blame someone else. She’s always encouraging. I’m really happy for her.
CASH (8-9-1) plays Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park in the semifinals on Monday at 5:30.
Smith lifts Kenmore/GI
In another girls hockey quarterfinal, Olivia Smith’s second goal with 22 seconds left lifted defending champion Kenmore/Grand Island to a 2-1 win over West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden.
Smith, a senior, pumped in a rebound of a shot by Nina Stockman shortly after exiting the penalty box as Kenmore/GI rallied to keep hope alive for winning its sixth straight championship. Smith has been part of the previous five title marches.
“She put the team on her back,” coach Jeff Orlowski said. “The first goal she went end to end and wrapped it around the other team’s goal.”
Kenmore/GI (9-10) held a 48-23 edge in shots and will face old friend, unbeaten Williamsville, next.
Williamsville is the top seed for the second year in a row but lost in the semifinals to Kenmore/GI last season. Two years ago, Kenmore/GI defeated Williamsville in the Section VI final.
St. Joe’s edges Cheektowaga
St. Joe’s left Cheektowaga with a 54-53 win over the host Warriors in a nonleague boys basketball contest.
Caleb Cockrell’s free throw with 6.8 seconds left broke a 53-53 tie for the Marauders, who survived a final shot attempt from the baseline that missed by Cheektowaga star Dominick Welch.
Cockrell scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, while Naseer Jackson led St. Joe’s with 18 points.
Welch took game-scoring honors with 24 points, but the Marauders defense used a box-and-one defense throughout – limiting the returning first team All-Western New Yorker to eight second-half points.
“Casey Kelly and Trey Boling were assigned to keep him from scoring and did a great job,” St. Joe’s coach Mark Simon said of the defense on Welch. “It was a great team defensive effort.”
Cheektowaga trailed by five late but tied the game with 20 seconds left on a three-pointer by Vaughn Burdette.
South Park, Olmsted win
South Park (11-4, 9-1) retained a share of first place in Yale Cup I by defeating McKinley, 77-56.
Raymond Mushat scored a season-high 30 points for the Sparks, while senior Shakur Harris delivered a solid all-around performance for coach Peter Hudecki’s crew. Harris finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals. Jeremy Jackson grabbed 15 rebounds and made five blocks in his first game since suffering a broken wrist in the Sparks’ season opener.
East also kept its share of first by cruising to a 76-51 win over Hutch-Tech as Jahahd Maryon had 20 points.
Olmsted rallied to remain unbeaten in Yale Cup II play, defeating I-Prep/Grover 71-61 in overtime.
Olmsted trailed by 15 after three quarters but forced overtime on Dan Reid’s long two-point basket with 2 seconds left. Overtime belonged to
the Owls (14-2, 9-0), with Reid scoring five points to cap a 20-point effort. Naseem Baynes finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Justin Evans had back-to-back threes during Olmsted’s rally.
Jason Hawkes’ trey in the closing seconds completed a game-ending 7-0 run by defending state Class AA champion Aquinas in a 54-51 win over host Williamsville South. Greg Dolan’s 18 points led the Billies, who are ranked second in the News’ Large School poll.
Arts beats Olmsted
When Buffalo Arts dropped a battle of Canisius Cup co-leaders last week, struggles at the free-throw line doomed the Cavaliers in a four-point road loss. They learned their lesson and once again hold a share of first after handing Olmsted its first league loss, 62-53, in girls basketball action.
Both teams are 8-1 in the league.
Alexis Campbell led the winners with 27 points as she went 14 for 17 from the line. The 14 free throws were more than Arts had as a team in last week’s loss to the Owls, when it went 10 for 26. On Thursday, the Cavaliers finished 28 for 42 – going 14 for 17 in the fourth quarter to pull away.
Taliah Bush added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Arts.