Allegany-Limestone’s Frank Martin has been part of plenty of overtime games over his 20 years of coaching, but Saturday was the first time his team has gone three extra periods.
While Martin doesn’t prefer to play too many more that way, he’s glad that the Gators (12-1) were the ones who were able to pull out the 85-78 nonleague win over of visiting Fredonia.
“It was one of those playoff atmospheres,” Martin said. “When I went down the line I told their girls that if ESPN was here, this would’ve been an instant classic.”
Sophomore A’Cetta Farriat scored 11 of her team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to help Fredonia rally from a 45-37 deficit to force overtime, where it was never more than a one-possession game until Limestone’s Anna Seamon had a big steal with about a minute to go and converted a layup for an 80-75 lead.
Both teams had two players foul out during OT, including Limestone standout Morgan Davis (27 points, 16 assists).
“It was going to be a war of attrition, Martin said. “To have other kids step in from both sides today, it’s nice when you see that.”
Molly Wolfgang (15 points) and Tierney Hemphill (11 points) each scored eight in overtime for the Gators, who also received 16 points from Brooke Giardini and 11 from Shaelynn Maley (14 rebounds).
Scoring in double figures for the Hillbillies were Katie Price (20 points), Gracie Morrison (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Hannah Gullo (14 points).
Elsewhere, Frontier handed Panama its first loss of the season with a 61-43 win. The Falcons were up at half, 25-14, and pushed the lead to 46-21 after three quarters.
Frontier sophomore Claire Kruska led all scorers with 23 points, including four threes, and Kennedy Izzo added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Natalie Angeletti led Panama with 14 points.
Falconer splits at states
The Lancaster and Falconer wrestling teams both failed to make it to the semifinals of the first-ever NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
The seventh-seeded Golden Falcons went 1-1 in pool play, losing to No. 2 Mount Sinai of Section XI, 42-35, and then beating unseeded X-Gouverneur, 46-30.
No. 7 Lancaster went 0-2 in D-I pool play with losses to No. 2 IX-Minisink Valley, 60-13, and unseeded IV-Horseheads, 43-33.
Meanwhile, Lew-Port’s Cody Fouts earned his 100th career win during the Gary Gross Memorial Tournament at Medina.
Sweet Home track star Nathaniel Davis lowered his Section VI record in the 300 meters with a fourth-place time of 34.28 seconds at the 18th Dr. Sander Invitational held at the The Armory in New York City. He also anchored the 4x200 relay team along with Anthony Williams, Eric Johnson and Thomas Rivera, which finished fourth in 1:31.41.
Caleb Nickens had a weight throw of 65 feet, 1.5 inches at the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Staten Island to best his school record by nearly three feet. The distance is currently second in New York State and 14th nationally.
Crusaders place second
The Canisius swim team swam to a second-place finish against top Ohio competition at the Blazer Invitational at Cleveland State University.
Event winners were Jake Ruffolo (200 free), Seth Kibler (200 IM), Dan Bowen (100 breast) and the 200 free relay of Christian Granto, Christian Balkin, Bowen and Ruffolo.