Lockport extends lead

Lockport, the area’s No. 2 large school, took a three-game lead in the Niagara Frontier standings after defeating Grand Island, 53-42, on Thursday in girls basketball.

Alyssa Wagner controlled the paint with a game-high 21 points and 18 boards, Alexis Cheatham had 13 points.

“We’re kind of now playing for sectional seeding,” Lockport coach Bill Shaw said. “Now is the time for us to get better as a team and start getting ready for the playoffs.”

Elsewhere, Hamburg used stellar defense to hold Nardin to just four points in the second half and went on to a 33-27 non-league win.

“We picked up our intensity and we started hitting shots in the second half that we didn’t make in the first,” said Hamburg coach Kelly Owens, whose team trailed, 23-14, at the half. “Our defense was much better in the second half as well.”

N-W edges Will North

Williamsville North roared to a 3-0 lead before Niagara-Wheatfield rallied to win, 4-3, in boys Federation hockey. Ryan Logar scored the game winner but it was a Falcons goal with three minutes left in the second period that sparked the team.

“Everybody decided to pick it up and decided to play hockey,” Falcons coach Rick Wrazin said. “We were able to carry that in the third period.”

Elsewhere, Luke Meyer scored a goal and added three assists, while Ryan Cox also recorded three assists in Orchard Park’s 5-3 win over Canisius.

MMA girls post win

In girls hockey, Williamsville was great in goal, but Monsignor Martin remained unbeaten at 15-0 after claiming a 1-0 victory. Julia Duquette fed Rachel Lenard for the winner with just 45 seconds left in the third period.