Kyra Wood had a team-high 26 points for City Honors in a 40-36 win over North Tonawanda to open the annual Tonawanda girls basketball tournament at Tonawanda High School.
Wood scored all of her points in the paint. She entered the game ranked fourth in the area, averaging 27.8 points per game so far this season.
The Centaurs erased a 23-20 halftime deficit by holding the Lumberjacks to two points in the third quarter.
In the other tournament game, Canisius Cup rival Hutch-Tech topped host Tonawanda, 65-39, in the opening round.
Cortinea Smith knocked down five 3-pointers and had 24 points to lead the Engineers, who are still undefeated at 7-0. Smith was averaging 23.2 points per game headed into the contest.
Ken West wins on buzzer-beater – again
One night after Kenmore West downed Kenmore East on a last-second buzzer-beating 3-pointer, the Blue Devils did it again.
With seconds to spare, Matt Gugliuzza collected a pass from Zac Boyes and drained a 3 to give Kenmore West an 82-80 win over Cheektowaga in the championship game of the Ken-Ton boys basketball tournament.
Boyes nearly tied a school record as he racked up 42 points. The record of 44 was set by Gary Bossert in 1982.
The senior was responsible for 26 of the team’s 36 first-half points. “He was just willing us as the captain to victory,” said Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze.
Meetze said the winning bucket came on nearly the same play as Thursday night’s. After the Warriors went up by a point on a free throw, Boyes drove the ball into the opponents’ paint.
He quickly drew a double team, which left Gugliuzza open to hit the game-winner.
Boyes was named tournament MVP while Gugliuzza earned the sportsmanship award. It was West’s first tournament victory in two seasons.
Winston has career-high for Mount
Nevaeh Winston scored a career-high 31 points for Mount St. Mary in a nail-biting 50-48 win over Eden in the Orchard Park Tournament.
Winston, a junior, added nine rebounds and eight steals for the Thunder. She had 21 points against Buffalo Seminary on Dec. 19. Brooke Woodard led Eden with 22 points, including three treys.
Elsewhere in the tournament, host Orchard Park downed Niagara Falls, 49-26, on senior Lily Flannery’s 18 points.
The Quakers and Thunder will square off in the championship round of the tournament on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Kenmore West girls get win
Kenmore West opened the annual Ken-Ton girls basketball tournament Friday with a 44-18 win over rival Kenmore East.
Ashley Tucker led the Blue Devils with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. Madeline Frank, an eighth-grader in her first year on the varsity team, made two 3-pointers for six total points.
Kenmore West employed a full court man-to-man defense that stifled the Bulldogs’ offense. Arneice Wilkins managed eight points for East.
The Blue Devils will face Mount Mercy in the championship round on Saturday at 5 p.m.
The Magic defeated Monsignor Martin rival Nardin, 43-35, in their opening round game. Hannah Fredo had 10 points.
“They play very hard and they’re very well coached,” said Kenmore West coach Jeff Martin of the upcoming contest.
Williamsville East, North to square off
Cross-town rivals Williamsville East and Williamsville North will play each other Saturday in the finals of the Five Guys Holiday boys basketball tournament at Will North after semifinal victories on Friday.
The Flames got 21 points from Max Schneider and 19 from Cal Shifflet in a 71-49 win over Olmsted. East opened the game up with a 28-point second quarter.
North downed St. Mary’s of Lancaster, 60-42, in the semis. Scott Hopkins and David Bass each had 16 points for the Spartans.
Festival of Lights tournament results
Boys and girls from 42 area schools descended upon Tonawanda Bowling Center on Friday for the annual Lou Marcantonio Memorial Festival of Lights bowling tournament.
Lockport emerged as the boys champion school, knocking down 6,074 pins. The Lions edged out Niagara Frontier League rival and last year’s champion Niagara Falls, which placed second with 6,032 pins.
Section III’s Cicero-North Syracuse took third place with 5,971 pins.
High series honors went to Falconer’s Matt Gullotti with 1,379. He narrowly beat out Section V Webster’s Jack Fulton, who rolled a 1,376. St. Joe’s Mike Weber was right behind them with 1,374 pins.
Trevor McGee (Niagara Falls) rolled a 290 for the tournament’s high game. Connor Nowak (West Seneca West) and Trevor Skelly (Dunkirk) each threw a 279.
On the girls’ side, Dunkirk won its second team championship in a row with a total of 5,594 pins. Maryvale finished just 19 pins behind the Marauders with 5,575 while Niagara Falls took third place by knocking down 5,466 pins.
MacKenzie McIntyre (Maryvale) threw the high series, a 1,231. West Seneca’s Kendyll Jasker rolled a 1,206 while Carly Washcalus (Niagara Falls) knocked down 1,203 pins.
Sophomore Olivia Dauer (Orchard Park) had the high game of 266. Delaney Horbett of Lancaster threw a 248 and Kaitlyn Banasik (Depew) and Olivia Corbett (Dunkirk) each rolled a 244.