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High school basketball roundup: City Honors, Buffalo Arts split wins at the buzzer

Phoebe Elardo, the lone senior on City Honors’ girls basketball team, hit the game-winning shot on a three-pointer from the top of the arc with 2.8 seconds left on the clock to give the Centaurs a 48-45 win over Buffalo Arts on Senior Night.

“It was an inbounds play and we swung it over to her on a designed play,” City Honors coach Andrew Krause said. “What a perfect night for her.”

After Buffalo Arts advanced the ball to halfcourt on a timeout, freshman Natalie Milne stole the inbounds pass to seal City Honors’ first win over Arts in the five years Krause has been coach.

“It was back and forth all night,” Krause said. “Last time we played them, they won by two. We’ve been kind of down a little bit, so this was a big pick-me-up going into sectionals.”

City Honors freshman Kyra Wood, who stands 6-foot-1, scored a game-high 27 points and added 13 rebounds, eight steals and four blocks. She came into the game third in Section VI in scoring at about 23 points per game. Elardo finished with nine points.

Milne was tasked with guarding Arts standout Taliah Bush in the City Honors box-and-1 defense. She limited Bush to 13 points, six below her season average. Destiny Barber and Keyira Rashada each had 12 points for Arts.

Lake Shore 63, Frontier 57 (OT): The Eagles jumped out to a four-point lead in the extra period and held on as this nonleague showdown came down to foul shots down the stretch.

“They had some opportunities but the girls kept their composure,” Lake Shore coach Danielle Arnone said.

Sophomore Tashawni Cornfield scored a game-high 27 points (four threes) to lead the Eagles to their fifth straight win. Twin sister Noelani Cornfield scored 14 points, while Ivy Santana had 11.

Frontier’s Kennedy Izzo and Claire Kruska both shot well from distance. Izzo had 24 points, 18 from beyond the arc, and 15 of Kruska’s 23 came on threes.

Nichols 64, Niagara Catholic 25: Vikings senior Imani Dockery scored her 1,000th point during the second quarter off an offensive rebound.

“She missed her first shot but grabbed the rebound and got the putback,” Nichols coach Courtney Dennant said. “It was a little anticlimactic.”

Dockery needed 14 points to reach the milestone and finished with 16, as well as 15 rebounds. The last girl at Nichols to surpass 1,000 points was Kylie Reinholz in 2012.

Dockery sits about 15th on the school’s career scoring list. She has the potential to jump up another four spots with an additional 60 points this season.

Teammate TaNia Cunningham scored a game-high 19 points, while Jillian Niedzialowski added 14, 12 from three-point range. Bella Grandy led Niagara Catholic with seven points.

Sacred Heart 73, Mount St. Mary 58: The Sharks got out to a 42-24 halftime lead and coasted the rest of the way from there.

Sacred Heart senior Micaela Ryan filled the stat sheet with 21 points, four rebounds, four steals, two assists and two blocks. Younger sister Siobhan Ryan scored 17 points and added seven rebounds, five steals, two assists and two blocks.

Thunder standout Lois Garlow scored 19 points.

Lockport 53, Niagara Falls 46: The Lions clinched the Niagara Division of the Niagara Frontier League by avenging a 35-26 loss to the Wolverines from Jan. 3.

Lockport forwards Elizabeth Mullane and Kourtney Krchniak each had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Jasmine White added 10 points in the win.

Falls freshman Amelia Strong scored 20 points.

South Park 47, MST Seneca 15: Junior Kali Conti scored a career-high 10 points in her first game back with the Sparks since a house fire early last week.

Senior Leaya Roncone (15 points) and freshman Daniyah Green (13 points) each had three three-pointers for South Park (11-5, 11-2).

I-Prep/Grover 35, Riverside 20: The Presidents (13-2, 13-0) remained perfect in Canisius Cup play with their second win over Riverside in as many days. Eight different players scored for I-Prep, led by nine from senior Taylor Jones.

Boys basketball

As the City Honors girls beat Buffalo Arts on a three at the end of regulation, the roles were reversed on the boys side.

Down 51-50, junior Cencear Benefield made a three-point shot from the top of the key as time expired to give the Cavaliers a 53-51 Yale Cup II win over the visiting Centaurs.

The game-winning play started on an inbounds with four seconds left. Arts passed it in to junior point guard Jalen Carter-Keith, who tossed up a shot that missed. Junior Mickel Woodruff caught the ball and passed it out to Benefield for the open look.

Carter-Keith scored 10 of his game-high 30 points and made all five of his free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to keep it a one- to three-point game. He also made five threes.

City Honors sophomore Kevion Taylor led his team with 15 points.

Maryvale 82, Springville 42: Flyers coach Mark Kensy was presented with a commemorative ball prior to the game for winning the 400th of his career Feb. 2 against Iroquois.

A handful of alumni were in attendance, but quite a few former players had games in which they were coaching Friday night.

“The 400 wins means I’m getting old and I’ve had a lot of good players,” Kensy said.

Maryvale celebrated the milestone, as well as Senior Night, by giving Kensy his 402nd win in his 33rd year as head coach. His 401st victory came Tuesday at Lake Shore, which clinched at least a share of the ECIC III crown. The win tonight gave the Flyers (15-3, 10-1) their first league title since 2011.

The Flyers broke open a 17-17 tie at the end of the first quarter by outscoring the Griffins, 51-22, in the middle frames.

“Our defense turned up a notch,” Kensy said. “Once we got over the Senior Night giddiness, I think we settled down and played much better.”

Maryvale’s Rashad Law had 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Ray Blackwell added 17 points and five assists. Nate Crombie also scored 10 points.

Springville’s Mason Goodridge led all scorers with 25.

Canisius 82, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 61: The Crusaders turned a 34-31 halftime deficit into a 61-43 lead with a dominant 30-9 third quarter.

Ten different players scored for Canisius, including four in double figures. Ryan Bradley had a game-high 22 points, while Jayce Johnson scored 20, Brendan Trapper 14 and Austin James 10.

Julian Cunningham scored 17 points and had six assists and five rebounds for the Tigers. Master Radford added 13 points and Cullen Tonge had 10.

With the win and season sweep against Timon (16-4, 8-3), Canisius (20-2, 10-1) remains in first place as the only one-loss team in the Monsignor Martin Class A division. The Crusaders and Tigers both split meetings with Park.

West Seneca West 80, Jamestown 76: The Indians (20-0, 12-0) withstood a 22-14 Jamestown fourth quarter to remain undefeated.

West’s Alex Wayland scored a game-high 29 points, 18 on threes. Juston Johnson had 21 points and 10 assists.

Jamestown’s Matt Hill had six three-pointers and 23 points, while Shaheem Freeney added 15.

Medina 66, Newfane 57: The Mustangs never trailed and reclaimed the top spot in the Niagara-Orleans League after completing the season sweep over the rival Panthers.

Jalin Cooper led Medina with 22 points, while Mason Lewis and Izaiah Rhim each added 12.

Newfane’s Max Weber had a game-high 28 points, 12 from beyond the three-point arc. Kyle DeVoogel and Umaru Ibrahim both scored 10 for the Panthers.

Allegany-Limestone 57, Randolph 39: The Gators dominated in the second half to hand the Cardinals their first CCAA East I loss in two years.

Randolph came out of the break with a 25-20 lead, but Limestone had a 18-4 third quarter and 19-10 fourth to earn the 18-point home win.

Only four players scored for the Gators. Sam Flanders went 5 for 6 on threes in the second half and finished with 18 points. Sophomores Casey Curran (11 rebounds) and Michael Wolfgang each had 14 points, while Conner Golley had 11. Sean McAfee dished out eight assists.

Randolph eighth-grader Gabe McCoy led his team with 12 points.

Lackawanna 56, Cleveland Hill 38: The Steelers clinched their second ECIC IV title in a row in a blowout on the road. Lackawanna led at the end of the first quarter, 19-1.

London Smith scored 21 points for the Steelers to go along with 15 rebounds. Nine of Noah Grabar’s 13 points were on threes.

Cameron Hennings led the Eagles with 13 points.

North Tonawanda 72, Kenmore West 47: Lumberjacks senior Trevor Book poured in a career-high 40 points, shooting 8 for 13 from three-point range. He also added 11 rebounds. Andrew Fron scored 20 points to lead West.

Saturday’s action

Four of the top nine small schools in Western New York and an honorable mention large school make up this year’s field at the annual MLK Classic, which was rescheduled to today from earlier this season.

The four-game slate starts at 10 a.m. with I-Prep/Grover taking on WNY Maritime. No. 4 small school Middle College takes on No. 9 Tapestry at noon, followed by honorable mention large school McKinley and Amherst at 2 p.m. The headliner features No. 1 small school Health Sciences and No. 3 East.

Elsewhere, No. 5 large school Niagara Falls hosts No. 7 Lockport at 2:30 p.m. in a key Niagara Frontier League game. The Wolverines won the first matchup at Lockport on Jan. 20, 72-58.

In girls basketball, No. 8 large school East Aurora (13-3, 10-0) hosts No. 6 Iroquois (15-2, 7-2) at 1 p.m. in the second game between the two ranked schools this week. The Blue Devils remained the only unbeaten in ECIC III with a 53-50 win at Iroquois Wednesday.

The girls MLK Classic is being held today at McKinley.

The lineup includes Emerson vs. Tapestry at 11:30 a.m., Eden vs. Hutch-Tech at 1 p.m., Lew-Port vs. Olmsted at 2:30 p.m. and Buffalo Arts vs. V-Hilton at 4 p.m.

In nonleague play, Sacred Heart welcomes Section V’s Aquinas at 1:30 p.m.

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