Frontier knocks off OP
Kaitlyn Lipka tied the game in regulation, then had two key assists to help Frontier earn a 52-45, overtime win over host Orchard Park in ECIC I girls basketball.
Reserve Hannah Lease knocked down the two key shots in overtime as Frontier outscored the Quakers, 11-4, in the extra period.
“Hannah Lease came off the bench and had those two nice buckets that got us going to start overtime,” Frontier coach Rick Mihalik said. “We got the ball up the floor and Kaitlyn Lipka did a nice job attacking. She drew the help and made the pass to Hannah for easy buckets. We really controlled the game after that.”
Lipka finished with 13 points for Frontier (2-1) while Natalie Galus scored 13 with 10 rebounds and five assists.
Jillian Michael led Orchard Park with 13.
St. Mary’s rebounds
Turnovers plagued St. Mary’s/Lancaster but it took better care of the ball in the second half and went on to defeat Hutch-Tech, 56-47, in the championship of the Jack Silvernail Memorial. The tournament is named in honor of an Akron coach who died of cancer.
Paul Rath Jr. was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 21 points while Taylor English made the all-tournament team after netting 13.
“We’ve been struggling all year to put a complete game together,” said St. Mary’s coach Paul Rath. “We turned the ball over a few too many times in the first half and we had to clean that up. When we took care of that, we were able to hit our open shots.
“Hutch-Tech is a scrappy team. They hit the boards hard.”
In the consolation game, Akron got 19 points from Connor Ladd in its 55-38 win over Alden. Austin Mietz added 16 points.
LeBlanc gets key pin
It was the second last match of the evening and Starpoint coach Justin Daugherty knew it had the potential to swing the outcome. Only he didn’t quite expect this. Sophomore Wayne LeBlanc pinned Tyler Mummery to win the 160-pound weight class and help Starpoint to a 40-39 win over Pioneer in ECIC II wrestling.
LeBlanc earned the pin in 5:18.
“I knew Wayne’s match would be a huge swing,” Daugherty said. “I was thinking three points for them or maybe three points for us. But I wasn’t thinking a six-point pin. That was a big upset.
“Wayne has been working hard and showing a lot of leadership. During the match, he was getting beat a little bit, but he just wrestled for the full six minutes and in the last 30 seconds he shot in and took [Mummery] down. I think he surprised him a bit.”
Starpoint improved to 2-3 in league duals.
Lockport tops GI
In Tuesday’s girls basketball action, Sara Franco scored 18 points and Alexis Cheatham added 17 as Lockport took a 49-39 win over Grand Island in the Niagara Frontier League.
Cassie Oursler scored a game-high 24 points for Grand Island.