Shayla Tillman and Sarah Mullane were two unsung heroines Monday night in Starpoint’s 41-39 overtime nonleague girls basketball victory over Akron Monday night.
Tillman had the defensive assignment on Akron’s Neely Abrams, holding her to nine points.
Mullane, who had not seen much playing time in Starpoint’s first two came came through with nine points and took down some key rebounds.
Elizabeth Bradley, the Spartans’ usual scoring leader had 13 points in the victory.
Akron led 22-20 at the half but Starpoint led by five entering the fourth quarter before the Tigers rallied to send the game to overtime.
"They took us apart for the first two quarters but our girls really adjusted nicely," said Starpoint coach Jack Coppola, who was interim coach at Sacred Heart Academy last season.
Freshman hits winner
Freshman Isabella Russo hit the only three-pointer of the game in overtime and it provided the winning point in Nichols’ 44-42 nonleague victory over Nardin Monday at Nichols.
The host Vikings came from five down (39-35) to force overtime. In the extra period, senior Imani Dockery scored the first points to put Nichols in front. Russo’s shot made it 44-39.
Tapestry tops I-Prep girls
Shi Freeman, a sophomore, scored 20 points in Tapestry Charter’s 59-44 victory over International Prep at Grover at Tapestry.
It was the second win in three starts for coach Doug Houron’s Thunder Hawks.
Tapestry, which was 13-5 last season and unbeaten against Charter school opposition took charge Monday with a 25-7 first-quarter advantage.
"We’re not there yet but by the end of the season she should beat most of the charter and public school teams," Houron said.
Taylor Jones led I-Prep with 20 points.
N-Wheatfield boys win opener
Devon Ware and Anthony Ruffino led Niagara Wheatfield to a 68-51 win at Kenmore East in the Niagara Frontier League opener for both teams. Ware had 21 points and seven steals while Ruffino had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Falcons (1-0, 1-0 NFL. Senior guard Tyler Everett and junior D’Anzo Young led the losing Bulldogs with 12 points.
Monsignor Martin hockey wins
Monsignor Martin stayed undefeated in Western New York Girls Varsity Hockey Federation (3-0) but just barely Monday at Riverworks. Emily Matthew’s second goal of the game a t 5:13 of the third period turned out to be the game winner in Monsignor Martin’s 3-2 victory. Nina Stockman narrowed the margin to one goal when she scored at 13:57 of the third. Abigail Blair had the other goal for K-GI in the opening period before Fionna Danahy tied it for Monsignor Martin at 14:02. Mathew had the only goal in the second period to make it 2-1. Sophomore Grace Harrington had 20 saves for Monsignor Martin. Eight-grader Ellie Simmons had 19 stops for Kenmore-GI.