The highly anticipated matchup of the area’s top two girls basketball teams was as entertaining as expected.
O’Hara, the No. 1 ranked small school, watched an 11-point lead disappear but managed to hold off Lockport on Friday, 49-47, in the Lockport Kiwanis Shootout.
Lockport, the top ranked large school team, outscored O’Hara, 16-7, in the fourth quarter.
“There were missed opportunities on both sides at the end but we were glad we were able to pull it out,” O’Hara coach Dan McDermott said.
It’s the second time this month the small-school Hawks have beaten the No. 1 Large School. O’Hara also beat Sacred Heart when it held the top large-school ranking.
Sacred Heart rebounded from a slow start by using a full-court press that forced Lancaster into turnovers during a 46-32 victory to open the Lockport Kiwanis Shootout.
The Sharks pulled away by scoring 20 points in the final quarter while making 8 of 10 free throws. La’Trice Hall led the winners with 15 points, while Hannah Rehbaum added 11.
Elsewhere, Jillian Michael closed out Senior Night in style with two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in the game to lift Orchard Park to a thrilling 55-54 victory over Olean. Olean, the area’s No. 3 ranked small school, blew out OP by 20 points on Thursday at home.
In boys basketball, Matt Wrobel scored 10 of his 14 points in the first quarter and Paul Rath led the way with 15 as St. Mary’s earned a season split with Nichols, 66-52, in the Monsignor Martin Association.