McDonell breaks scoring mark
Senior guard Leah McDonell became the all-time leading scorer in girls basketball at Cardinal O’Hara during a 64-26 victory on Monday over Mount Mercy. McDonell scored eight points bringing her career total to 1,362. The previous record of 1,355 had been held since 2006 by Melissa Kanalley. McDonell also moves into No. 5 all-time in the Monsignor Martin Association.
The No. 1 small school Hawks improved to 10-0, 5-0.
Kelsey McCarthy led O’Hara with 16 points while Jailyn Dickson and Keyonte Edwards added 12 each. Sara DiPasquale was also in double figures with 11 points.
“It’s just another typical game for us, we’re so balanced,” said O’Hara coach Dan McDermott. “That’s what’s been doing for us this year, our balance, not just Leah scoring a lot of points.”
Sarah Saba netted 18 points as Lancaster outscored neighboring Clarence, 19-6, in the third quarter of a 47-38 win. Kim Siresi added 13 points as the Redskins moved to 6-3 overall.
Battista scores for Kenmore
Jill Battista scored in the first period and goalie Lauren Pray had 20 saves for the shutout as Kenmore edged Frontier/Orchard Park, 1-0, in girls Federation hockey.
Grace Simmons and Hannah Gallivan had assists. The Devil-dogs improve to 7-4-1 and earn a share of second place with Williamsville in the Federation.
“The last eight minutes we had a hard time getting it out of our zone,” said Kenmore coach Jeff Orlowski. “They were flying all over the ice. They skated really hard were working hard right to the end.”
Frontier skates to win
Senior forward Bob Piotrowicz scored three goals in the first period alone, included one short-handed, as Frontier handed Lancaster its first loss in Section VI Federation hockey, 7-4, at the Nike Base in Hamburg. Piotrowicz finished with four goals as the Falcons improved to 11-3.
Lancaster won the first meeting of the season, 9-2, before Christmas. Frontier bolted to a 4-1 lead in this one.
“Bob plays on one of the better lines in the league,” said coach Bob Klimowicz, adding the names of Gavin Evancho and Nick Ortiz. “We kind of took advantage of our lead. They did a nice job on converting turnovers in the neutral zone, which led to some of our odd-man rushes for goals.”
Dennis Gilbert scored the go-ahead goal as St. Joe’s beat Timon St. Jude, 3-1, to run its record to 12-2-1. The Marauders lead large schools Division II, while Timon is atop Division V among Fed small schools.