Schmidt tops 1,000
It was just a few minutes into the game when Julia Grupp stole the ball and passed it to a streaking Olivia Schmidt, who promptly put home a lay-up.
And with that shot, Schmidt broke the 1,000-point mark for her career. As a sophomore.
Schmidt finished with 32 points as Holland defeated Eden, 53-41, in an ECIC IV girls basketball matchup.
But all eyes were on Schmidt. While she missed all five of her shots from three-point range, she hit 15 of her 24 shots (that’s 63 percent) and went 2 for 3 from the free throw line.
On the season she’s shooting 74 percent from the field and is 11 of 45 from three-point range.
“She’s a kid who can score from wherever she wants,” said Holland coach Dan Parker. “If you leave her alone, she’ll hit a three but she’s a good enough athlete to go by you.”
For good measure, Schmidt added four rebounds, five rebounds and four assists.
All this will gain attention and defensive schemes from opposing coaches.
“You can’t hide 25 points a game,” Parker said. “You can’t hide good players with all the stats available today. Olivia likes the challenge. She understands that the pressure is going to be there and the best part of her game is that she’s willing to pass to the open person.
“In the last couple games she’s made diagonal passes that has really showcased that. When a kid like that takes as much pleasure out of a pass as a shot, they make it a real pleasure to coach, and probably frustrating to coach against.”
Walton breaks record
Jontay Walton became the all-time leading scorer in Monsignor Martin girls’ basketball history Thursday night. The senior scored 17 points for Cardinal O’Hara in a 64-41 win over Nardin.
Walton how has 1,789 career points, passing the mark set by Raeann Stilwell (St. Mary’s/Lancaster) in 2011. Stilwell now plays for NCAA Division-II Daemen College.
Walton, who played her first three seasons at Holy Angels, also had seven rebounds, eight steals and five assists in the win.
Sacred Heart wins
With an impressive first quarter on defense and scoring in transition, Sacred Heart picked up a nonleague win with a 59-45 decision over Tapestry.
The Sharks jumped out to a 21-6 first quarter lead and set the tone for the rest of the game.
“Tapesty is a quick team, they play good defense and we jumped out early in that first quarter and scored a lot in transition,” said assistant coach Deb Laux.
Smith finished with 20 points, seven steals and eight assists while Sarah Young had 10 rebounds and 14 points for Sacred Heart (10-4).
Lockport wins NFL title
Lockport won eight matches, including three by pin, to defeat Lewiston-Porter and take the regular season Niagara Frontier League wrestling title.
The Lions won the team scoring, 40-28, avoiding a multi-team tie for first place in the league.
Anthony Orefice (126), Kirk Feeney (145) and Marshall Taylor (220) all won via pins for Lockport.
Timon tops Canisius
Last time Bishop Timon-St. Jude met Canisius in a Federation hockey game, it was the Crusaders who cruised to the win.
The Crusaders scored on their first shift Thursday, but Timon scored five unanswered goals for a 5-1 win.
It was the eighth straight win for Timon as the team was paced by senior Connor Fields on offense (three goals, assist) and by freshman goaltender Tom Parshall (21 saves) on defense.
“We never panicked or anything like that,” Timon coach Gene Overdorf said. “Our kids were motivated to win that game. I don’t think it bothered anybody that they scored the first goal. We have a lot of seniors on the team. Nothing fazes them.”
Meanwhile, Cole Schiffman scored with about three minutes left in the game to help Orchard Park earn a point in a 3-3 tie with Niagara-Wheatfield.
“It came right near the end of a power play,” Orchard Park coach Derek Gilham said. “We got the puck down low and it came out from behind the net. There was mass confusion in front of the goalie and Cole jammed it through the goalie’s legs.”
Orchard Park (7-7-3) has earned seven of a possible 10 points in its last five games.
“Confidence is key and our better players are starting to feel some confidence,” Gilham said.