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High School Extra: Limestone, Mount Mercy win tourney openers

No. 5 girls basketball small school Allegany-Limestone won a 50-46 game over No. 9 Wilson at the Lakewomen’s Postseason Prep Showcase Friday night.

Brooke Giardini (14 points) and Tierney Hemphill (10 points) scored in double figures for the Gators, while Wilson was led by Emily Kelly’s 15 points and Sarah Lewis’ 12.

Limestone plays in the championship Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Mount Mercy, which outscored Cleveland Hill the final three quarters, 45-17, in a 52-26 win.

Junior Alesia Hamm and sophomore Xoie Ferrentino led the Magic with 10 points each, while Eagles junior Essence Everett scored a game-high 12.

Wilson and Cleve Hill play at 1 p.m.

Elsewhere, sophomore Cassidy Frank and freshman Amelia Strong both scored 20 points for Niagara Falls in a 62-55 win at Christian Central. CCA senior Charly Hearon led all scorers with 27 points.

O'Hara clinches top seed

Four players scored in double figures for Cardinal O’Hara in its 69-65 come-from-behind boys hoops win over Nichols. The Hawks needed a 23-14 fourth quarter to overcome a 38-29 Vikings lead at half and 51-46 lead after three. With the victory, O’Hara clinched the No. 1 seed for the Manhattan Cup Class B playoffs.

Justin Hemphill scored 18 points for O’Hara, while Jermaine Haynes added 17. Nichols was led by 18 points from Chris Stineman and 17 from Aidan Horan.

Lancers, Blue Devils advance

Ryan Russell scored twice and Mat Carden picked up two assists in Lew-Port’s 2-1 win over Hamburg in the Section VI boys hockey small school prequarterfinals at Northtown Center.

The Bulldogs struck first, with Jared Milley scoring 53 seconds into the second period. Russell evened it on the power play just 35 seconds later and scored the game-winning goal 9:58 into the third period.

Nick Shotwell made 18 saves for the Lancers, who held a 28-19 shot advantage.

No. 10 Lew-Port takes on top-seeded and defending-champ West Seneca East at 1 p.m. Sunday at Northtown Center.

In the second game of Friday’s triple-header, No. 7 Kenmore West blew by No. 13 Amherst, 10-1. Michael Barker and Owen Green each had two goals for the Blue Devils, who face No. 3 West Seneca West Sunday at Northtown at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s #PrepTalkLive action

• The biggest girls basketball game of the year up until this point has No. 1 large school Cardinal O’Hara (18-6) visiting No. 2 Williamsville South (14-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks extended their winning streak against Western New York competition to 86 games with a 72-55 win over No. 3 Sacred Heart Wednesday. Their last local loss came to the Sharks on March 1, 2013, in the Monsignor Martin championship game.

• In Section VI boys hockey, there’s a four-game slate at Northtown Center to determine which teams move onto Tuesday’s large school semifinals at HarborCenter. Defending state-champ and No. 1-seeded Williamsville North takes on No. 8 Niagara Falls first at 9:30 a.m. No. 2 Niagara Wheatfield faces No. 7 Lockport next at 11:30 a.m. No. 3 Orchard Park plays No. 6 Clarence at 1:30 p.m. No. 4 Lancaster and No. 5 Frontier cap off the action at 3:30 p.m.

• The top scholastic rifle shooters in Western New York compete at the Section VI Championships held at Alden Middle School starting at 9 a.m.

• The official brackets for the Section VI boys and girls basketball playoffs will be released this afternoon at

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