OP girls top East Aurora
No. 3 large school Orchard Park girls basketball handed No. 6 East Aurora its first loss of the season, defeating the Blue Devils, 46-33, in the final of the Orchard Park Tournament.
Quakers coach Gary Janas said he prepared entirely new schemes in an effort to surprise East Aurora coach Mike Fronckowiak. Orchard Park switched to a five-player press and settled into a 3-2 zone defensively. The Quakers ran an offense drawn up two hours before the tournament began.
“I knew that he was going to try and shut down what we do, so we totally flipped it on him,” Janas said.
Danielle Hore was named the tournament’s MVP. She had 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and six steals against East Aurora.
Sam Fischer, who scored six points and played strong defense in the final, was named to the All-Tournament team.
Sacred Heart gets revenge
Sacred Heart blew by Clarence, 83-42, in a battle of the No. 4 and No. 10 girls basketball teams in the large school poll.
The victory secured a title for the Sharks in their home tournament and avenges a loss to Clarence from last season.
“We had an inside presence that we have not had the whole season,” Sacred Heart coach Carrie Owens said. “Our post players came to play, which forced Clarence to stay in and guard them.”
The Red Devils’ focus on slowing down Sacred Heart inside opened up shots for the guards outside. The Sharks hit seven three-point shots, led by Michaela Ryan with four.
“It was like we were a well-oiled machine,” Owens said.
Sacred Heart’s Makenzie Sees was the most dominant inside presence. She had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Micaela Ryan led the Sharks with 28 points, while her sister Siobhan scored 17 and earned tournament MVP honors.
The Sharks return to action on Jan. 3 when they host Niagara Catholic.
Tigers best Section III foe
Ella Wanzer and Emma Stelley each scored 18 in Amherst girls basketball’s 66-35 victory against Section III’s Whitesboro, the No. 19 ranked team in the state.
The Tigers used strong defensive pressure and impressive ball movement advance to the final of the Bishop Ludden Tournament. Amherst had 20 assists on 27 field goals in the game.
Macks win Austin Tourney
McKinley’s Deon Spencer earned tournament MVP honors as the Bulldogs won the Harvey Austin Tournament for the fourth year in a row. McKinley bested Tapestry, 77-53, in the final.
Spencer scored 16 points for a second straight game Friday in addition to five assists and eight rebounds. Combined, he totaled 32 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists in the two-game tournament.
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