Jontay Walton’s performance in Holy Angels’ dramatic 54-48 win over Immaculata on Friday night is a game people are going to talk about for years.
She scored a school record 39 points to surpass 1,000 career points. Her point total capped a triple-double that also included 11 rebounds and 10 steals. Walton took the game over in the fourth, scoring 17 points to rally the Angels from a 43-32 deficit with five minutes left.
“It was probably one of the best comebacks I ever coached and one of the best Holy Angels comebacks in its history,” said coach Fran Snyder. “The steals were incredible – the girl thinks she has a layup, and she steals it. She scored seven points in like 12 seconds.”
The school’s previous record for most points in a game was 36 by Dana Fitchlee in 1996-1997.
Niagara Frontier League: Alexis Cheatham had 22 points, all over the final three quarters, along with five three-pointers, as Lockport defeated Niagara-Wheatfield, 74-52, in the NFL opener for both teams. Sarah Franco added 19 for the Lady Lions.
Theresa Fleckenstein had a layup with 45 seconds left to provide the winning points as Lew-Port edged Kenmore East, 43-42.
Jamestown Tournament: Tatia Karisha had 14 points and seven steals and Christana Green grabbed 11 rebounds in Jamestown’s 64-51 win over Dunkirk.
Leah McDonell connected for 20 points as Cardinal O’Hara moved to 3-0 with a 58-51 win over Frewsburg in the first round of the Jamestown Tournament. Shawna Raymond scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half for the Bears.
Nonleague: Mark Cerza, scored on not his first, but his second tap-in of a missed shot at the buzzer as St. Joe’s pulled out a 60-58 nonleague win over McKinley. The Marauders helped themselves going 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. Jordan Glover had six assists and six steals while Dylan Hall added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Tom Keenan Classic: Canisius wasn’t going to let a slow start doom them. After giving up 18 points in the first quarter, the defense yielded just 29 the rest of the way in a 55-47 victory over Fordham Prep in the first round of the seventh annual Keenan Classic.
The event is named for Keenan, a colorful coach of the Crusaders who died in 2003 at the age of 51. Keenan coached Canisius for 10 years, including three seasons while undergoing treatments before losing his battle with cancer.
“Our defensive pressure, that kind of suffocated them and led to some easy opportunities for us,” said Canisius coach Kyle Husband, who was an assistant coach for Keenan for three seasons after college. “We had some mental breakdowns that we cleaned up after that.”
Adam Weir was the only Canisius player in double figures with 21 points. The win was the first of the season for Canisius (1-1) while the loss was the first for the Rams (3-1).
Canisius will play Nazareth for the title today at 1:30 p.m. The consolation is at noon.
Dallas Jesuit won last year’s tournament beating Canisius, 79-66.
Corey Cullen had 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as St. Francis rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Lancaster, 64-57. In his last start, Cullen had the game-winner with 4 seconds left against Depew.
Yale Cup: All four scorers for East were in double figures as the Panthers beat undermanned Riverside, 61-47, in a Yale Cup opener for both teams. Johnathon Lewis led East with 19 points followed by Percy Bryant with 16. Riverside was without scoring leader Justice Feggans, who injured his ankle in practice on Thursday.
“It wasn’t a pretty game to watch from my perspective, but a win is a win,” said coach Starling Bryant. “Feggans was out, the next time we meet them. ... who knows, they were a little short-handed tonight.”
ECIC I: David Berkun had a career-high 23 points, including six three-pointers and Sterling Taplin had 17 points and nine assists as Williamsville North opened ECIC I with a 67-44 win over host Clarence.
ECIC IV: Ahmad Abdo had 22 points and Shaq Brooks added 12 points with six blocks as Lackawnana moved to 4-0 overall with a 68-42 win over John F. Kennedy in both teams’ ECIC IV opener.