Sheehan leads Mercy past Nardin
Mount Mercy coach John Glose didn’t want to count back and recount the specific number of consecutive games in which the Magic had come up short against Nardin. The only thing that mattered to him and his team Wednesday night was that they finally got the best of their rival for the first time in six years.
Junior Emily Sheehan scored a game-high 23 points and played a solid all-around game for Mount Mercy during its 48-45 win over the Gators in Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball.
Sheehan’s basket with three minutes left gave Mercy the lead for good as it improved to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the league by beating the News’ No. 6 Large School. The Magic were among the schools receiving votes in this week’s poll.
Mercy had played the Gators tough during the streak but fallen short each time, including last month during the first round of the Matt Colpoys Tournament at Kenmore West, where it dropped a 48-42 decision to Nardin.
Wednesday was different as the Magic led by four with a minute left and tacked on the final point of the game via free throw after Nardin had pulled within two.
It was “a complete team effort,” Glose said. “Our defense was outstanding. We worked extremely hard. Every loose ball, we got to.”
Sheehan, the Magic’s point guard, also had 12 rebounds, five steals and wasn’t bothered by the Gators’ press. It’s the third game in a row in which Sheehan has scored at least 20 points, with Mercy winning twice (it lost to Sacred Heart Monday).
Elsewhere, Bennett’s Danyae Barclay hit what proved to be the game-winning basket in the final minute as the Tigers edged Hutch-Tech, 35-34, in overtime in Canisius Cup action. Barclay finished with a game-high 17 points.
I-Prep edges Olmsted in Yale Cup
Terrence James hit two free throws with nine seconds left to seal the deal for I-Prep/Grover in a 64-61 win over Olmsted in Yale Cup II boys basketball. James finished with 19 points and 10 assists, his final two points coming 11 seconds after Brandon Roach’s three-pointer had pulled the hosts within 62-61.
Xavier Maye had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Presidents, while Damon Boykin added 12 points. Ballah Burch led Olmsted with 26 points.
In Yale Cup I, Willie Smith had 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to lead Riverside to a 69-52 win over South Park. ... Jaylin Rose went 5 for 5 from the line in the final minute and Josh Bonilla was a defensive spark for Hutch-Tech which used a 24-13 fourth quarter to pull out a 58-55 win over Bennett in Yale Cup I.
The Panthers trailed by one at halftime bur roared back big time during the second half as Sweet Home pulled away from West Seneca East, 74-53, in ECIC II. Brandon Smiley’s 21 points led four Panthers who scored in double figures. James Nix added 18.
East Aurora rebounds quickly
After suffering its first ECIC III loss Tuesday, East Aurora bounced back to earn a tough road win at Springville on Wednesday night, 49-43.
EA received scoring from nine out of the 11 players it dressed with Noah Tompson scoring a team-high 11 points. Grant Haffenden had nine points and 12 rebounds and helped the Blue Devils control the glass down the stretch.
A combination of shot making and an effective half-court trap allowed Tapestry to get the early jump on fellow charter school WNY Maritime in a 56-30 win. Tapestry made five of its 10 steals in the first quarter with JaQuoine Fogan (12 points) sparking the game-opening 10-0 run by sinking two quick three-pointers.
MMA ices Frontier/OP, 3-2
Kaitlin Drew-Mead recorded a goal and an assist as Monsignor Martin (4-2-2) bounced back from Monday’s loss to Williamsville by beating Frontier/Orchard Park, 3-2, in Federation girls ice hockey.