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High School Extra: Amherst plays spoiler again on a night of upsets in girls hoops

Last season Amherst knocked Lake Shore out of the Section VI girls basketball playoffs on the way to winning the Class A championship.

The Tigers did it again Tuesday night, but they needed overtime in the 70-63 win after the Eagles overcame a 43-35 deficit with a 23-point fourth quarter to force the extra period.

Lake Shore’s Shawni Cornfield scored her 1,000th career point in the game.

Amherst will face Iroquois at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Class A-2 championship game at Buffalo State.
The Chiefs upset East Aurora, 44-43, a team they had lost to twice in the regular season.

Down four with 45 seconds to go Iroquois got a three-pointer by Meghan Porzio before Riley Reidel scored on a 7-footer with 1.2 seconds left for the victory. EA star Emma Brinker led her team with 24 points. Sarah Wittek had nine rebounds for Iroquois.

Frontier girls in an upset

Frontier, the No. 7 seed in Class AA and the fifth-place team in ECIC I, upset No. 2 Lancaster, 47-42, in their sectional quarterfinal. It was one of three upsets in the four Class AA quarterfinal games Tuesday night.

The Falcons won after going into the fourth quarter tied at 30. Frontier also won at Lancaster during the regular season, but lost to the Legends at home. Kennedy Izzo led Frontier with 17 points. Clair Kruska had 13. Izzo also had 10 rebounds and seven steals.

Orchard Park, the No. 1 seed in AA, held Williamsville North to 36 points in each of the regular season encounters in ECIC I. Tuesday night, the Quakers’ defense was even stingier in its 45-18 win over the Spartans.

In the victory, Orchard Park point guard Danielle Hore broke the Quakers’ all-time single season assist record, dishing out her 119th. The previous record was set 20 years ago.

Defending AA champion Clarence, the No. 6 seed, went to Lockport and upset the No. 3 Lions, 66-53, behind 22 points by Ella Rose Eckert.

No. 5 Jamestown also won on the road, winning at No. 4 Niagara Wheatfield, 48-39, as Kaitlyn Bennett scored 20 points.

Olean streak on the line

Olean and Medina each made it to boys sectional semifinals a year ago before they were eliminated - Olean by eventual Class A champion Amherst, Medina by eventual Class B championship Health Sciences.

The winner of tonight's Class B-1 8:15 p.m. semifinal at Buffalo State is guaranteed to move on to the bracket final.

The Huskies from the Southern Tier have won 16 in a row since their lone defeat, 79-64 at Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Dec. 21. They went undefeated in 12 games in CCAA West 1. Their closest win was by eight points over City Honors in the B-1 quarterfinal last Friday. Junior guard Mike Schmidt leads the Huskies in scoring at 16.2 ppg. Another junior, Brian Ramarge, is averaging 11.1.

Jalin Cooper, a 6-4 senior, leads Medina at 21.4 points per game.

Six girls semifinals on tap

There are six girls class semifinals on tonight's schedule.

At Clarence, Williamsville South the defending A-1 champion and the No. 2 ranked large school team in all of Western New York, will face Williamsville East, a team it handled easily 74-40 and 70-38 in ECIC II regular season play.

Grand Island and Hamburg will meet in the second game at Clarence. It will be a rematch of last year's semi when the Bulldogs knocked off GI's Vikings before going on to lose in the championship game.

Olmsted, which lost in the Class B-2 semifinals a year ago, tries again against Wilson at Kenmore West. The Owls were undefeated in Buffal0 Public Schools Canisius Cup play. Wilson finished tied for second in the Niagara-Orleans League

Southwestern, a quarterfinalist last year, will face Gowanda at Brocton. Freshman Miya Scanlan averages 19.3 ppg for Gowanda. Erin Radack is Southwestern's scoring leader at 15.7

Girls Class C semifinals at Jamestown Community College will have Allegany-Limestone facing Chautauqua Lake. They met in the Class C-1 championship game last year with the Thunderbirds from the lake winning. Morgan Davis, a 6-1 senior, leads A-L with 19.1 ppg and 283 rebounds.

Maple Grove will face Holland in the other semi. Maple Grove is a young team. The Red Dragons list only one senior on their roster. Holland center Cassidy Slocum averages 18.6 ppg.

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