Williamsville East handed West Seneca East its first loss of the season with a 56-48 road win in ECIC II girls basketball play Saturday afternoon.
The Trojans (7-1, 2-1) held a 19-13 lead after the first quarter, but the Flames (7-2, 2-1) outscored the home team in the middle frames, 15-11 and 19-8, to take control.
“Both teams had the previous day off with the weather, so we started slow while they came in hot and hit every shot,” said first-year Flames coach Ryan DiVita, who was previously the junior varsity coach at Williamsville North.
Junior Rachel Romanowski scored 30 and 32 points her past two games for Williamsville East but was held to nine because she picked up three fouls in the first quarter and was double-teamed throughout.
“We switched to a 2-3 zone in the third, which stopped them from getting inside and kept our girls out of foul trouble,” DiVita said. “That was a big quarter for us. Other players were able to step up.”
Fellow juniors Maddy Miske and Madeline Reid scored 19 and 16 points, respectively, to pick up the slack. Miske hit three three-pointers. Courtney Mclay also added eight points.
West Seneca East had five players score at least six points. Fourth-year senior Amanda Weiner led the Trojans with 19.
The Amherst and Lew-Port boys basketball teams both pulled out close divisional matchups at home.
The Tigers beat West Seneca East in ECIC II, 58-57, while the Lancers edged Kenmore West, 73-71, in the Niagara Frontier League.
The Trojans took a 43-40 lead with a 24-12 third quarter, but Amherst outscored its visitors in the fourth, 18-14, for the one-point win.
Junior Jake Mullen led the Tigers with 19 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc. Daesean Ashley and Ja’Kye Womack each scored 11. East’s Zamari Mitchell led all scorers with 29 points, including five threes.
In Lew-Port, the Lancers outscored the Blue Devils by three in the second half after using a 29-20 second quarter to bring the halftime deficit down to 41-40.
Lew-Port junior Trent Scott had a game-high 23 points. Zack Clayborne added 18 and William Duff 12.
West also had three scorers in double figures with Andrew Fron (21), Dylan James (16) and Zac Boyes (14).
Meanwhile, Orchard Park won the championship of the Bank of Holland Southtowns Classic over Iroquois, 54-47. Sophomore Tino Mancabelli led the Quakers with 16 points. Senior Dave Morris earned tournament MVP, while Nate Wereski was named to the all-tournament team.
Panthers shine at Penn State
Sweet Home’s boys 4x200 relay team of Anthony Williams, Eric Johnson, Thomas Rivera and Nate Davis came in first place at the Kevin Dare High School Invitational at Penn State University with a school-record time of 1:31.64.
“The exact words from the Penn State coach were, ‘That was like NASCAR out there,’” Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo said.
Davis also won the 200 (21.74) and finished second in the long jump (21-8). Amaya Turnage won the girls high jump with a person-best jump of 5-4.
Johnson was third in the 200 (22.5) behind Davis. Williams ran a personal-best 7.17 in the 60 meters to place fourth. Rivera’s 6-0 in the high jump was good for fourth.
Elsewhere, West Seneca West junior Anna Rybczynski claimed first place in the 600 meters with a time of 1:37.99 at the RIT Invitational.
She also ran the second leg of the victorious 4x800 relay team that finished first with a time of 10:34.93. The other runners were Sarah Mruk, Madison Mariani and Chloe Wegelan.
The Indians also had three second-place finishes.
Peter Borzillieri, Travis Kelly, Thomas Woods and John Archilla ran the 4x200 in 1:38.19, while the girls 4x200 of Madeline Freeland, Brieanna Lambert, Casey Vehen and Jasmine Mings finished in 1:55.44. Freeland was also the runner-up in the 55 hurdles (9.77).
Brett Sardina (four goals, two assists) and Andrew Bruno (two goals, four assists) each had six points in Williamsville North’s 12-0 boys hockey win over Frontier.
Matt Bielinski added a goal and three assists for the Spartans, while goalies Cole Guzda and Riley Moyer combined for the shutout.
Thunderbirds claim crown
The Chautauqua Lake wrestling team won three weight classes to take home the team title at the 25th Ripley Invitational. Bryce Rowe (160 pounds) was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler, while teammates Hunter Harris (99) and Brendon Ramsey (12) also won individual titles.
Fredonia wrestlers Dalton Gardner (126), Hector Colom (132) and Giovanni Russo (138) placed first to help the Hillbillies finish second as a team.
Other local winners included Southwestern’s Garrett Swan (106), Cattaraugus/Little Valley’s Sam Grey (145) and Dunkirk’s Angel Carbello (170).
Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) dominated the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament winning nine of 15 finals matches for 384 points. Lancaster and Niagara Wheatfield were next with 136.5 points each.
Falconer was the only other school with multiple winners. Dan Torres won the 160-pound title via 7-0 decision, and Robbie Penhollow won a 6-1 final.
Maple Grove’s Luke Tomlinson (99), North Tonawanda’s Tyler Bartolomei (106) and Grand Island’s Jaquan Johnson (285) won their respective weight classes via fall.
Wheatfield’s Warren McDougald won a 7-3 decision over Wyoming’s Connor Kievman in the 145 final.
Lancaster’s Joe Andreessen lost a close 5-4 decision at 195 to Wyoming’s Austin Cooley.