Walton breaks scoring mark
Junior guard Jontay Walton scored 25 points to become the all-time career scoring leader at Holy Angels in a 61-34 girls basketball win over visiting Nichols.
Walton now has 1,308 points to surpass the record of 1,289 held by Katie Jaus since 2002. Walton has scored 450 points in 18 games. She needs 114 points in the Angels’ last eight games to break the single season league record of 522 held by Rae Ann Stilwell of St. Mary’s.
“She’s shooting so much better now,” said coach Fran Snyder. “Last year she had 494 points and only nine threes. This year’s she’s got 25 already. She’s kind of unstoppable. There’s no defense for her quickness stealing the ball and getting down the floor.”
Holland drops Tonawanda
Freshman Olivia Schmidt had nine of her game-high 25 points as the Holland girls basketball team handed Tonawanda its first loss, 50-37, in ECIC IV. The win gives Holland a split of the season series and a share of first place in the league at 8-1. Schmidt was 8 of 18 from the floor and 7 of 9 from the line. She averages 22 per game.
Joanna McCarthy led Tonawanda with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Rosa Velazquez had 14 points and seven assists and Rosa Karisha added 13 as Jamestown moved to 9-1 in ECIC I with a 64-44 win over Frontier. Chrisana Green grabbed 14 rebounds for the winners.
Brueckl hits 9 threes
Senior Clark Brueckl connected for a school record nine three-pointers as the Lake Shore boys basketball team beat Pioneer, 80-48, in ECIC III. Brueckl was nine of 12 from three-point range to eclipse the previous record of eight held by Tom Hammond since the early 1990s. He finished with 34 points. Wade Bergum added 21.
“He had one that had to be 30 feet,” said Lake Shore coach Dan Gerken. “I’m yelling for him to set it up, and he just lets it fly, and it hit nothing but net. He made the better decision there. We call that play, ‘set it up.’ He was smiling and enjoying it. He came over one time and said, ‘I got it tonight.’ “
Amherst clinches tie
Amherst had five players in double figures as it clinched at least a tie for the ECIC III title with an 80-68 win over visiting Cheektowaga. The Tigers (11-0) need to win one of their last three games to win the crown outright. Johnathan Belton had 15 points had 12 assists. It was his fourth game in double figures in assists.
“He makes the right decision over and over again,” said coach Chris Kensy. “He’s faced double teams, box-and-ones, face guards, and when he’s not knocking the shot down, he finds the open man, and more often than not we’ve been cashing them in.”