OP upsets Frontier
Junior Rachel Johnson came off the bench to hit four three-pointers as part of a career-high 15 points, helping Orchard Park to a 62-58 overtime victory against ECIC I rival Frontier, the No. 2 large school in The News poll.
Johnson tied the game at 52 with a three-pointer with 36 seconds left, then scored six of her team’s 10 points in the extra session.
“She stepped up in a hostile environment,” Quakers coach Josh Dannecker said. “It was probably the best game of her career.”
Shaye Swiatek scored 20 points and added seven steals for Orchard Park (6-5, 3-4). The Quakers had dropped a 57-43 decision on their home floor to the Falcons on Tuesday.
“We knew we had to come out strong. We made a concerted effort to limit their outside game as best we could,” Dannecker said. “They hit eight three-pointers against us Tuesday, and we were able to hold them to one. Going into the second half of the season, playing in a playoff-type atmosphere, it should be a motivator for us.”
Kelsey Ebert led Frontier (10-2, 7-1) with 18 points.
Elsewhere, McKenna Maycock, who earlier in the week surpassed 2,000 career points, dropped in another 36 Thursday night as Randolph (10-2, 4-0) achieved the rare feat of going past 100 points, scoring a 102-33 victory over Cattaraugus/Little Valley in CCAA East I play. Mackenzie Marsh and Peyton Terrette each added 20 points.
Big wins for St. Joe’s
Sophomore Justin Jones had a triple-double with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 steals to lead St. Joe’s to a 55-50 victory over Cardinal O’Hara in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association. Jones scored his team’s final six points, including when he put the Marauders ahead with 43 seconds left in the game.
Zack Glowacki led O’Hara (3-6, 2-4) with 16 points.
On the ice, Peter Chopra made 20 saves and St. Joe’s scored a pair of short-handed goals in a 3-0 victory over Williamsville North in Western New York Federation boys hockey in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 at the Northtown Center in Amherst.
“They’re in first place, and that’s where we want to be,” said St. Joe’s coach Rich Crozier, as the Marauders pulled to within three points of the Spartans by sweeping the season series. “We took advantage of both chances we had on the penalty kill.
James Bassett, who has signed to play lacrosse at Merrimack, scored one of St. Joe’s short-handed goals. Bassett also had the game-winner in overtime in the first meeting between the teams in December.
Elsewhere, Connor Fields had a hat trick and added an assist as Bishop Timon-St. Jude earned its sixth straight victory, 6-1, over Clarence.
Back on the court, senior Sterling Taplin had 31 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals as Williamsville North (9-3, 7-1) defeated Lancaster (7-5, 2-4), 69-58, in ECIC I.
Junior Clay Lewis scored 36 of his 38 points in the final three quarters as Holland pulled out a 60-56 victory over Alden in ECIC IV play.
J.R. Kline had 14 assists the for Dutchmen (8-3, 6-1). Taylor Miller scored 18 points and Bryce Morrison added 17 as Randolph handed Sherman its first loss of the season, 71-55, in a non-league game. Ryan Robson had a game-high 24 points for Sherman, the 10th-ranked small school in The News poll.
Lanc./Iroquois stays perfect
Maddie Norton made 28 saves to earn her second straight shutout as Lancaster/Iroquois stayed perfect on the season with a 2-0 victory over Nichols in a Western New York Federation girls hockey game.
Kim Corrie and Meghan Fonfara scored for Lancaster/Iroquois (5-0).
In other Fed action, the Monsignor Martin team got a hat trick and an assist from Kaitlin Drew-Mead as she factored into all four of her team’s goals in a 4-2 win over Williamsville.
Harris breaks record
Senior Gavin Harris broke his own school record in the 500-yard freestyle for City Honors in a 120-51 victory over Hutch-Tech in Syracuse Cup co-ed swimming. Harris clocked a time of 5 minutes, 20.53 seconds, breaking his record of 5:29.94 set last year.
• Additional details from many of Thursday’s contests are available at the High School Sports Scoreboard page, which is updated throughout each evening as we receive score reports.
• News reporter Keith McShea welcomed Cheektowaga state champion wrestler Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer, coach Matt Haberl and former News reporter Lauren Burroughs as guest co-host on PrepTalkTV Thursday evening. You can watch this week’s episode at buffalonews.com’s video page and at the Prep Talk blog.