Poloncarz breaks OP record
Noelle Poloncarz scored 22 points, hitting five three-pointers, to become the all-time leading scorer in Orchard Park girls basketball history. The senior has 1,135 career points, breaking the mark set by Taylor Swiatek. She did it in a 70-48 win over West Seneca West as the Quakers improved to 4-4 in ECIC I play.
Defense lifts Lockport
With the game all even at halftime, Lockport came out and got to work. With better defense and offense that flowed through their post players, the Lions broke open the game in the third quarter and earned a 64-48 win over North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League boys basketball action Friday night.
The teams were tied, 25-25, at the break but the Lions went on an 18-9 run in the third quarter.
“That third quarter set a nice tone for our defense,” said Lockport coach Dave Gilson. “We tried to get up on their shooters a little bit better. Offensively we got into the middle of their zone. We had been settling for outside shots and then we started to go inside.”
Those inside points came from Moziah Townsend and Charlie Sobierski. Townsend scored 24 with 17 rebounds while Sobierski had 19 points with 14 rebounds. Lockport went 11 of 14 from the free throw line to seal the win and improve to 10-1 in league play.
Lancaster needs OT for win
Matt Devic and Joe Jankowski stepped up when their team needed them as Lancaster earned a 67-61 overtime win over West Seneca West in an ECIC I matchup. Jankowski had three of his team’s nine points in the extra period as Lancaster went 5 of 8 from the free throw line in overtime.
Jankowski, a senior, had 16 points and 10 rebounds while Devic, a junior, had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Taplin scores 22
Sterling Taplin had 22 points to help pace Williamsville North to a 68-47 win over Sweet Home in a non-league game.
Taplin added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Williamsville North opened the game on a 20-3 run to take control early.
Hamburg edges Starpoint
Big plays in the final seconds gave Hamburg just enough to edge Starpoint, 45-42, in an ECIC II boys basketball matchup.
Jeremiah Hill knocked down a three-pointer with 30 seconds left to put the Bulldogs up by one, 43-42. With 13 seconds left Brendan Ryan hit two free throws for the cushion.
A three-pointer at the buzzer by Starpoint rimmed out as Hamburg improved to 4-3 in league play.
Weekley leads Cheektowaga
Trailing by 13 at halftime, Cheektowaga came out with an impressive second half to earn a 62-57 win over Lake Shore in ECIC III boys basketball. The Warriors went on a 15-5 run in the third quarter and outscored Lake Shore, 24-16, in the fourth. Keith Weekley scored 23 points with a pair of three-pointers for Cheektowaga while Devon Camel scored 16.
In other ECIC III action, Jordan Nwora had 16 points and 16 rebounds for Amherst in a 60-49 win over East Aurora. Darian Lowe added 17 points and 10 rebounds as Amherst improved to 9-1 in league play. Brendan Cox scored a game-high 21 points for East Aurora.
Brinker pulls down 23 boards
Eighth grader Emma Brinker dominated the glass for East Aurora, pulling in 23 rebounds as the Blue Devils earned a 48-37 win over Pioneer in ECIC III action. Brinker had a game-high 24 points as East Aurora improved to 9-0 in league play.
Young keys Sacred Heart
Sarah Young dominated in the second quarter for Sacred Heart as the Sharks defeated Christian Central, 64-43, in Monsignor Martin girls basketball. Young scored eight of her team-high 16 points in the second quarter as the Sharks went on a 20-6 run.
Young added 12 rebounds while Awilda Murphy scored 10 points for Sacred Heart, which improved to 6-1 in league play.
Meanwhile Sydney Blaney had a double-double for Nichols, notching 13 points with 12 rebounds in a 47-41 win over Mount St. Mary.
Take Down Cancer
The matchup of rivals has become more than a wrestling match as Williamsville South and Williamsville East hosted their third Take Down Cancer night.
This year, the teams are donating money raised to a 7-year old boy who lives in Derby and was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.
On the mat, Williamsville South earned the 46-33 win.
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