No. 1 seed McKinley fell in the Section VI girls basketball playoffs Tuesday night as the Macks were eliminated by No. 5 seed Williamsville East, 62-40, in the Class A-1 semifinals at Kenmore West.
Eighth-grader Erica Martinsen had 14 points to pace four double-figure scorers for Williamsville East.
Zaria McCullough hit one of two free throws for the go-ahead points and Williamsville South held on to edge Starpoint, 42-41. Erin Egan had 10 rebounds and 11 blocked shots for South in a defensive struggle. South had lost twice to the Spartans in the ECIC II regular season.
Williamsville East will face Williamsville South in the A-1 final at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Buffalo State.
Playing their first game in nearly two weeks, it took the top-seeded Jamestown Red Raiders a while to shake off the rust against Clarence in their Class AA quarterfinalin Jamestown. Once they did, coach Tim Anderson’s team ended up with a 64-47 victory.
Jamestown will face No. 4 seed Lockport in a 6 p.m. semifinal game on Friday at Kenmore West.
“We started rough. We hadn’t played in a couple of weeks,” Anderson said. “Nobody shot well, we did a good job on the offensive glass but had trouble finishing.”
Jamestown led by only 27-25 at the half but stretched the advantage late in the third and early in the fourth.
Chrisanna Green had 23 points and 15 rebounds and Anne Campion had 17 points for Jamestown.
Leading by one with 7 seconds to play, Lockport turned the ball over to Frontier. The Falcons called time out to set up a final play and Lexi Rockey’s driving shot rimmed out to enable the host Lions to hang on for a 43-42 victory in another AA quarterfinal.
Lockport got a big first half from Hailey Bechtold and took a 26-15 lead at halftime. Alyssa Wagner took over the scoring for the Lions in the second half when the Falcons narrowed the deficit to 36-34 entering the final quarter.
Alyssa Wagner finished with 15 points while Bechtold had 14, including four three-pointers. Seniors Caisey Lipka (15) and Kelsi Ebert (14) led Frontier in scoring.
No. 3 seed Williamsville North was in command most of the way and defeated visiting Kenmore West, 57-40, as junior Anne Principe led the Spartans with 15 points, all on three-point shots. Sophomore Ericka Taplin added 14 and Natalie Hazzan had 10 for the winners. Samantha Britton led Kenmore West with 13.
North will face No. 1 seed Niagara Falls in Friday’s semifinals. Niagara Falls advanced by defeating Lancaster, 57-50.
Maple Grove ended the season for International Prep, defeating the Presidents, 75-66, in a Class C-2 boys semifinal at Jamestown Community College. Randolph defeated Olmsted, 56-43, in the other semi at JCC, setting up an All-CCCA showdown for the class title at 7 p.m. on Friday at the same site.