SANBORN — Beating Olean proved too tall an order for the East Aurora girls basketball team on Saturday. The Huskies, a team that starts four battle-tested seniors – including forwards Sara Ziegler and Maggie Moore – beat the Blue Devils, 46-30, to win the Section VI, Class B-1 title at NCCC.
The 6-foot-2 Ziegler had 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor with 10 rebounds. The 5-foot-10 Moore added 12 points and had seven of her team’s 12 blocked shots. The Huskies were 16 of 36 from the floor (44 percent) and were nearly perfect from the free throw line, cashing 12 of 13.
“They really stepped up in the first half and they were no question the difference in the game,” Olean coach Don Scholla said. East Aurora doesn’t have much size, he added. “They bring a big girl off the bench, the focus was to establish ourselves inside and we did that.”
It was Olean’s second straight crown and sixth in the last seven years. EA was looking for its first title since back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007. Olean (18-3) will face Wilson (20-1) for the overall Class B title on Tuesday at 5 p.m., back at NCCC. The Lakewomen bring a 16-game winning streak into the contest.
Besides not being able to match Olean’s size, the Blue Devils were also slowed by 23 percent shooting from the floor (11 of 47).
“We were hopeful we could put enough pressure on their entry pass because we knew once it was in there, it was probably a done deal,” East Aurora coach Gary Schutrum said. “I think we played about everything in our arsenal, but a credit to them, they’re so long on defense, they were blocking and altering just about everything.”
CLASS B-2: Wilson had little problem eliminating Buffalo Arts, 58-34, to win its third title in four years.
Wilson was led by Dana Smith, who had four three-pointers among her 16 points. Jamie Curry added 15.
Buffalo Arts (20-3) got 16 points from Andrea Zeigler.
Wilson, undefeated champions of the Niagara-Orleans League, hasn’t lost since a nonleaguer to Holy Angels in the fourth game of the season.
Jamie Curry went coast-to-coast to give Wilson the lead for good at 7-5. The Lakewomen led 15-8 after the first quarter and scored the last eight points of the first half to lead 31-13 at the break. The margin swelled to 44-19 after three and the route was on.
“The last two games we just really stepped our defense,” said coach Brian Baker. “A lot of what we do on offense happens with our defense. We were able to get off to a great start. We knew coming in they were very athletic and they had some good players that were going to give us a test.”