Nardin edges Sacred Heart
The girls on the Nardin basketball team felt they had something to prove. The Gators wanted to show they could play with the best teams in Monsignor Martin.
Wednesday night, they came up with a big win, knocking off four-time defending league champ Sacred Heart, 53-52 in overtime.
Nicole Frantz hit a three-pointer with four seconds left to give the Gators (1-2) their first win of the season.
Nardin led for most of the game but watched it slip away in the fourth as Sacred Heart hit a pair of free throws with two seconds left to send it to overtime.
Awilda Murphy hit a three-pointer with 30 seconds left in the extra stanza to give the Sharks a 52-50 lead. Nardin missed on its trip down the flow, but Sacred Heart missed two free throws giving the Gators a chance with 11 seconds left.
“We just wanted a good shot,” Nardin coach Joe Dougherty said. “We led for three quarters of the game and let it get away from us, but the girls kept their heads up, battled and just kept playing.”
The team had 25 offensive rebounds, led by Hannah Juhasz and Isabelle Soares who each had five. Juhasz finished with 11 total rebounds while Soars pulled in eight.
Alyssa Lesakowski finished with 13 points and eight rebounds . Leah Bellito had 14 points.
Sarah Young led Sacred Heart with 14 points. The Sharks finished last season ranked No. 1 in the girls large school poll.
In non-league action, South Park went on a 22-8 run in the second quarter to gain control of the game and earn a 58-39 win over Oracle.
The defense was sparked by Sasha Dancy who had six steals, six rebounds and 10 points.
Arts surges in fourth
Isiah Griffin scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter to lead Buffalo Arts to a 61-59 win over Roy-Hart in non-league boys basketball action.
Roy-Hart held a 48-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter but Arts used a 25-11 surge in the final eight minutes.
Ivan Harris had 12 assists, 10 steals and 13 points for Arts (3-1) while Griffin added six steals.
This week’s PrepTalkTV episode at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at BuffaloNews.com will feature a visit from Canisius basketball’s Kyle Husband, Howard Washington and Ryan Richards. In Keith McShea’s live chat afterwards, he’ll answer questions about the All-Western New York football team.