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Girls basketball: Upsets and big performances in quarterfinal action

On paper they were upsets. But they didn't feel that way to the coaches.

A pair of No. 10 seeds won their quarterfinal game in the Section VI girls basketball tournament.

Medina knocked off No. 2 seed I-Prep/Grover Cleveland, 63-37, in Class B-1 while Gowanda knocked off No. 2 seed Eden, 61-48, in Class B-2.

"The Niagara-Orleans League was strong this year and we just kept getting better," said Medina coach Larry lash. "We won four out of our last five. We got it going a little bit now and things are coming together. We're starting to figure each other. Players are buying in and have more confidence with each other. There's better passing. Just a season's worth of learning is coming together."

Medina will meet No. 11 seed Dunkirk in the B-1 semifinals as the Marauders upset No. 3 seed City Honors, 67-63. Dunkirk's Amari Carter scored 26 points while Kyra Wood scored 33 for City Honors.

The other semifinal will pit No. 1 Newfane against No. 5 Fredonia. The Panthers defeated Alden, 50-27. Paige Emborsky led the Panthers with 12 points. Fredonia advanced with a 35-21 win over Albion.

Meanwhile Gowanda will play Southwestern in the B-2 semifinals after its win over Eden. Miya Scanlon scored 24 points with 12 rebounds and nine steals while Alexis Hawkins had 21 points and 12 rebounds.

"We expect a lot out of ourselves," Gowanda coach Mark Mungovan said. "We don't go into a game thinking we're going to lose, but it was a pretty big win for us. Eden has a young team and they're going to be excellent in the future. They played us really hard and it went back and forth the whole night."

The other semifinal will pit No. 1 Olmstead against Wilson. Gabrielle McDuffie scored 23 points for Olmstead in a 67-33 win over Cleveland Hill. Imani Burch added 18 and Jade Rutledge netted 12. Wilson advanced with a 63-42 win over Akron.

Class A-1

Forward Amari DeBerry scored 26 points to reach the 1,000-point mark, as a freshman, as Williamsville South advanced with an 84-32 win over West Seneca West. Lauren Lassiter scored 12 for the Billies.

They will next play Williamsville East, which used a game-high 21 points from Rachel Romanowski to upend Hutch-Tech, 57-31.

The other semifinal will pit Hamburg against Grand Island.

Samantha Bailey had 12 points and 12 rebounds while Lydia Sweeney had eight points, 10 rebounds, and seven steals for Grand Island in 42-31 win over McKinley.

Hamburg used a 24-11 spurt in the third quarter to pull away from Kenmore East in a 61-47 win.

"Our intensity picked up in the second quarter," Hamburg coach Kelly Owens said. "On the defensive end we went to a full-court press back to man and that really facilitated us getting some turnovers and transition points."

Four players were in double figures for the Bulldogs (10-12) led by Hannah Sega's 16.

Class A-2

Iroquois advanced to the semifinals with a 78-20 win over South Park. Four players scored in double figures for Iroquois led by Meghan Porzio with 13. Fourth-seeded Iroquois will face No. 1 seed East Aurora which sailed into the semis with a 70-39 win over Starpoint. Sarah Tully scored 20 points for the Blue Devils while Emma Brinker added 19.

Ella Wanzer had 16 points while Emma Klein had 15 points and 10 rebounds as Amherst defeated Maryvale, 72-40. The Tigers will face Lake Shore in the semifinals.

Lani Cornfield had three of her 17 points in the final minute to help Lake Shore pull away for a 57-49 win over Lew-Port. Sophie Snyder had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Class C

Morgan Davis had a triple-double with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocks as Allegany-Limestone defeated Portville, 41-32. The Gators will face Chautauqua Lake in the semifinals after Jesse Zenns scored 16 points while Lily Woodis netted 14 in their 86-27 win over Tapestry.

Top-seeded Holland advanced with a 60-40 win over Silver Creek thanks to a pair of double-doubles. Cassidy Slocum had 18 points and 14 rebounds while Kaitlyn Bulego had 14 points and 10 rebounds. They will play Maple Grove, who defeated Randolph, 62-37.

Class D

Dani Haskell scored 30 of her 35 points in the first half as Franklinville rolled with an 82-39 win over Clymer. Ally Haskell had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Panthers will face Sherman who beat Frewsburg, 44-39.

Lauren Barmore had 11 points to pace Panama in a 63-21 win over North Collins. Panama will play Pine Valley in the semis after its 50-19 win over Ellicottville.

Class AA

Williamsville North won its pre-quarterfinal game, 40-32, over Niagara Falls. Audrey Craffey had 13 points and hit three three-pointers for Will North, who now faces top-seeded Orchard Park in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

 

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