Ebert leads Frontier win in OT
Tournament MVP Kelsi Ebert made a key basket near the end of regulation and 5 of 6 free throws in overtime to lead Frontier over Nardin, 52-48, in the championship game of the Frontier Tournament. Ebert, who had a game-high 26 points, made a three-point basket with 8 seconds left in regulation to put her team in front, 43-42, but the Falcons fouled and Alyssa Lesakowski made the first of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left to send it to overtime.
Frontier trailed 17-15 after a slow-paced first half, then scored 28 points in the second half to 26 by Nardin.
“We switched to a different defense and did a good job of trying to change the tempo of the game,” said Frontier coach Rick Mihalik.
Besides Ebert, Jordan Heinold of Immaculata, Erica Martinsen, an eighth-grader from Williamsville East, and Annie O’Brien of Nardin were named to the All-Tournament team.
St. Joe’s hands No. 2 Macks first loss
St. Joe’s overcame a 33-26 halftime deficit with a solid third-quarter performance and handed No. 2 large school McKinley (2-1) its first loss, 69-68, in the AD-PRO Sports Public/Private Challenge at Canisius High. The Marauders outscored the Macks, 25-12, in the third period and held on with the help of 17-for-23 shooting at the foul line. Justin Hollins had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Marcel Davis had 15 points and 12 boards for the Marauders. Junior Devon Morris led McKinley with 27 points.
In another Public/Private encounter, Tyler Hairston scored all of his 24 points in the second half in Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s 69-59 triumph over Sweet Home. Brandon Smiley, a 6-foot-3 junior, led the Panthers with 14 points.
North’s Ladd shuts out Niagara-Wheatfield
Williamsville North (3-2-1, 2-1-1 Federation) received shutout goaltending from Matthew Ladd in handing Niagara-Wheatfield its first loss, 4-0, in WNY Federation hockey at Northtown Center.