O’Hara takes Lockport title
Led by a double-double by tournament MVP Keyonte Edwards, Cardinal O’Hara defeated Lockport, 72-54, in the championship game of the Lockport Kiwanis girls basketball tournament at Lockport High.
Edwards had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six steals in the championship game for the Hawks. Kelsey McCarthy had 16 points and Jontay Walton 12 for O’Hara, which is ranked No. 1 among large school teams in Western New York.
Alyssa Wagner, who was an all-tournament team selection, had 13 points for Lockport as did Sara Franco.
Alyssa Lesakowski scored 20 points in Nardin’s 53-43 triumph over Olean in the consolation game.
North advances in playoffs
Top-seed Williamsville North, Niagara-Wheatfield, Clarence and Frontier won Western New York Hockey Federation playoff quarterfinal games Saturday at the Northtown Center at Amherst to advance to Tuesday’s semifinals.
North routed Lockport, 11-0, as Bryce Ferrell had three goals and an assist and Zach Kurbiel had a goal and four assists. Three goalies — Matt Ladd, Nick Stafford and Jordan Scinta — shared the shutout.
Frontier advanced with a 5-0 win over Orchard Park. Max Herud scored three goals in Clarence’s 4-1 win over Lancaster. Alex Bayer had the hat trick in Niagara-Wheatfield’s 7-2 win over Niagara Falls.
Nichols wins in OT
Nichols and Park School played one of their typically tense games.
The Vikings (16-8, 9-5 Monsignor Martin) overcame what had been a 16-point deficit in the first half to defeat Park, 74-72, in overtime Saturday afternoon.
“This is the third time we’ve played in two years and two of the three went to overtime. Two points is the largest margin of victory,” said Nichols coach John Reinholz.
Reinholz expects that his team will face Park again next Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Cup playoffs.
Christopher Miner, a junior, led the Nichols comeback from what was a 10-point halftime deficit. He scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half and overtime and had 17 rebounds. Cameron Lewis had 28 points for the winners. Derrick Cheatom scored 23 for Park.
Clarence wins rifle title
Clarence won the .22 caliber team championship and Alden won the team air rifle competition in the Section VI rifle championships at Alden Middle School. Individual champions were Eddie Schmitt of Clarence (prone); Noah Fox of Alden (offhand), Matt Glauber of Clarence (kneeling). Fox was the aggregate champion. Albert Boucher of Clarence was the individual air rifle winner.
The Clarence and Alden teams and the all-section team will compete in the intersectional championships at West Point on March 1.