The Lady Owls made it a big night for Olmsted basketball Wednesday.
On the same night at that the school's boys team moved on in sectional play, Coach Mark Orlando's Olmsted girls team advanced to Sunday's championship game of the Section VI Class B-2 playoffs with a 44-41 upset of No. 2 seed Allegany-Limestone at Kenmore West.
The Owls led 21-8 after one quarter and had all they could do to fight off the Gators from the Southern Tier.
Junior Gabrielle McDuffie led the Canisius Cup League 2 champions with 16 points. Imani Burch had 13 points and Eliza Conyers had a 11 points.
Tierney Hemphill of A-L was high scorer in the game with 17 points.
It was the 15th straight win for Olmsted, which lost only one game all season, to Mount Saint Mary at Daemen College in the Cooper-Pastor Classic in early December.
Olmsted will face Southwestern, the champion of CCAA West I in the final at Buffalo State.
Southwestern upset No. 1 seed Eden, 56-39, handing the ECIC IV champion Raiders only their third loss of the season. Eden went 14-0 in league play and was unbeaten against Western New YOrk opposition. Eden's only losses were to Mercy of Rochester and two games to an opponent from Georgia in a Christmas holiday tournament at Disneyworld.
Grand Island, Williamsville South make A-1 final
It will be a Grand Island versus Williamsville South showdown for the sectional girls Class A-1 championship on Sunday at Buffalo State.
Lydia Sweeney scored 21 points to lead No. 1 seed Grand Island, the Niagara Frontier League champion over Hamburg, 44-40, at Clarence.
The Vikings had a struggle on their hands against the Bulldogs, especially after scoring only four points in the second quarter, leading them with a 21-20 halftime lead. GI outscored Hamburg, 12-5, in the third quarter but had to hold off the Bulldogs' fourth quarter rally.
Brigid McKeone 14 and Anjali Silverheels 13 led Hamburg.
It was almost over before it started in Williamsville South's 64-27 rout of Niagara Wheatfield. The Billies led 29-2 after one quarter and 42-4 at the half.
Nine different players scored for South in the victory led by eighth-grader Gretchen Dolan's 14 points. Junior Hannah Dolan had 13 points and 6-5 sophomore Amari DeBerry had 12 points.
The winner of Grand Island-South will face the winner of Amherst-Lake Shore for the overall Class A championship next week. Amherst is ranked No. 1 in the Buffalo News Large School Poll. Williamsville South is tied at No. 2, Lake Shore is No. 6 and Grand Island is No. 9.
Chautauqua Lake upsets Portville
The biggest upset, perhaps, in girls sectional play was No. 5 seed Chautauqua Lake's 57-52 win over No. 1 seed Portville at Jamestown Community College.
Katelyn Fardink had 21 points to lead the Lake/s Thunderbirds to their win after second division finish in CCAA West I.
Karly Welty had 22 points for Portville, which was 10-0 in CCAA East I and had won 14 in a row since its lone loss to Panama, 47-44, in a tournament at St. Bonaventure in December."