Niagara Wheatfield wrestler Justin McDougald and Lancaster hockey player Morganne Dee have been named the Prep Talk Athletes of the Week, sponsored by Sgroi Financial, in voting done by visitors to BuffaloNews.com.
McDougald reached 200 career victories during competitive Cheektowaga Duals, joining brother Warren as the third Falcon to reach the milestone. He received 44.17% of the vote.
Dee netted four goals and two assists for Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew in wins against Williamsville and Kenmore/Grand Island, raising her season point total to 17 in seven games. She received 48.78% of the vote.
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Kromer breaks late tie
Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park almost ended up tied with Monsignor Martin in their Thursday afternoon matchup.
But, FLOP’s Mary Kromer lifted them to a 1-0 victory with her goal with 52 seconds remaining in the third period. Kromer broke out off a pass from teammate Keegan Shanahan.
It was Kromer’s eighth goal of the season and second game-winning goal.
The celebration didn’t last too long. FLOP took a penalty 30 seconds after the goal, leading to a six-on-four chance for Monsignor Martin to tie.
Eighth-grade goaltender Kerrigan McCarthy needed to make one last effort to preserve her clean sheet. She made 22 saves.
Wieberg nets four
Grand Island boys hockey defeated Sweet Home, 7-2.
The majority of Grand Island’s roster recorded a point as Billy Wieberg led the way with four goals and one assist.
Other multiple point scorers for Grand Island were Nolan Massaro, Liam Snyder, Tyler Hunt, and Stephen Leone who all had two assists. Goalie Robert Currie stopped 17 of 19 shots.
McKinley rallies in fourth
McKinley boys basketball fought back from two large deficits to defeat East 69-68.
McKinley was down 18 in the second quarter but closed the gap to five at half. They were down 12 with five minutes left in the fourth before a drastic defensive change.
East’s Danny Carter had 22 points entering the fourth. McKinley decided to switch Dajuan Carter onto him
and pressure him up the length of the court. When Carter crossed half-court, McKinley sent two defenders at him.
The strategy worked and Carter had four points, all from free throws, in the quarter to finish with 26.
McKinley wouldn’t have been able to come back without a dynamic scorer of their own. Jamal Lewis had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Eight of his points came in the fourth.
Koran Askia had six points in the fourth and 10 for the game.
“Now we know if we keep working hard things will start going our way,” coach Juan Phillips said. “We have a young crew starting for us right now and this is big for our confidence.”
McKinley is now 5-1 and 3-0 in Yale Cup 1. For East, it’s their second straight loss by one point.
Smith reaches 1,000
Hutch-Tech junior Cortinea Smith reached the 1,000 point mark of her career.
She had 35 points with five three-pointers in a 69-42 win against Middle Early College.
Smith now has 1,017 points for her career and did it on a night where she stuffed the stat sheet. Smith had six rebounds, three steals, and eight assists. Hutch-Tech is undefeated at 6-0 and 4-0 in the Canisius Cup.
Kline continues success
Myla Kline entered Thursday’s games as the leading girls basketball scorer in Section VI at 32 points per game. She continued that with 35 points with eight made threes in Holland’s 79-44 win versus West Seneca East.
Kline scored 49 points on Tuesday against Cleveland Hill.
Kline plays with her two sisters on the team, Kalyin and Kierra. The three combined for 47 points.