Big road win for Frontier
Frontier (8-0, 5-0) stands alone in first place in ECIC I girls basketball after an impressive 53-38 victory at Jamestown, the first loss for the Red Raiders.
The Falcons did it the hard way coming from five points down at the half on the road to defeat a top opponent. Jamestown was ranked second and Frontier third in The Buffalo News large schools girls basketball poll going into the game.
“We did a good job of controlling the tempo of the game in the second half when we outscored them, 30-10,” said Frontier coach Rick Mihalik. “Defensively, we did nothing special except to try to take away some of their better players.
“Chrisanna Green is going to get her points but we tried to limit some of the others. Our guards did a really nice job offensively and defensively of controlling their guards.”
The Falcons held Jamestown guard Anne Campion to three points, although she did get her 1,000th career point.
Four Frontier players scored in double figures led by Kaitlyn Lipka’s 13. Caisey Lipka had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Kelsey Ebert had 11 points and nine boards. Lexi Rockey also had 11 points for the winners.
Green led Jamestown with 16 points.
Cheektowaga upends EA
Cheektowaga, which had not won yet in ECIC III boys basketball, took a 15-point lead into the half and led by 24 after three quarters in handing East Aurora its first loss in the division, 65-46, on the Warriors’ home court. Zak Ciezski had 18 points, including three of his team’s eight three-point baskets, to lead Cheektowaga.
First-place Amherst had a huge first quarter, 28 points, on the way to a 73-65 ECIC III triumph over Depew. Terrell Brown had 18 points and seven assists for the Tigers, who are 4-0 in the division. Dorian Billups had 17 points and Jordan Nwora 16. Derrick Sekuterski had 23 for the losing Wildcats.
Six-foot-5 Quinn Lee Yaw, who was the kicker on Jamestown’s football team last fall, scored 21 points to lead the visiting Red Raiders (6-3, 3-2 ECIC I) to a 64-38 triumph at West Seneca West.
Williamsville North triumphed, 69-53, at Orchard Park. Sterling Taplin had 16 points and Maceo Jack 15 for the Spartans. Kolbe Hughes had 13 points, 14 rebounds and five steals for North. In addition to his scoring, Tapliin contributed eight boards and six steals.
First-place Holland built a 10-point halftime lead at Lackawanna and went on to a 59-52 triumph to stay on top of the standings in ECIC IV. Junior Clay Lewis led the Dutchmen with 24 points.
Barker gets N-O win
With Mitchell Luckman leading the way, Barker broke open a tight game with a 29-point third quarter and went on to a 72-47 triumph over Roy-Hart to remain undefeated in the Niagara-Orleans League. Luckman had nine of his 26 points and Christopher Sweeney scored 11 of his game total of 18 in the third quarter for the Raiders (8-4, 4-0 N-O).
CSAT also remained unbeaten in N-O with a 53-50 victory over Akron. Darrell Wesley had 16 points and Darius Carson 13 for the winning Eagles.
Adam Killeen scored a career-high 17 points for St. Joe’s as the Marauders triumphed, 72-65, at Niagara Catholic, leading most of the way. St. Joe’s had a 44-32 halftime lead before the Patriots cut into the margin in the second half. Killeen also had six rebounds.
Eighth-grader Erica Martinsen recorded her second straight double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) and also had four steals for Williamsville East in a 40-25 triumph over visiting Immaculata.
Martinsen, a point guard, played junior varsity as a seventh-grader last season.
“She’s ahead of where we thought she would be as a point guard,” said East coach Chris Durr.
The Flames were helped by the fact that Immaculata scoring star Jordan Heinold left the game with an apparent hamstring injury in the second quarter. Heinold scored only two points before departing.
Heinold and Martinsen are daughters of former Canisius College players, Chris Heinold and Greg Martinsen.
Scibetta to retire
John Scibetta, a member of the St. Francis football coaching staff for 31 years, will retire, head coach Jerry Smith announced Tuesday.
“John’s expertise, devotion and dedication to the players and program will be sorely missed,” Smith said. “His profound influence on the lives of the hundreds of young men he has coached will vbe a lasting legacy.
St. Francis football would not be what it is today without Coach Scibetta. We all wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Saba broke record
Sara Saba broke the Lancaster girls career basketball scoring record after all, with her 13-point output in Monday night’s 46-38 loss at Clarence.
She needed five points going into the game to break the record. Also, the senior is just 18 points away from hitting the 1,000-point mark for her career at Lancaster.
The account of the game was reported incorrectly in Tuesday’s Buffalo News.
Maryvale relay excels
Maryvale’s 200 freestyle relay broke the school record with a clocking of 1:40.78 as the Flyers swam to a 93-93 tie with Lake Shore in ECIC III. Justin Brackna, Joel Krywcun, Sean Green and Ben Lipp were the quartet that topped the former record of 1:41.30 set in 2011. … Tonawanda’s Cody McGregor, a junior, improved his record to 29-2 at 138 pounds as he recorded a pin in 1:32 in the Warriors’ 63-10 wrestling victory over Holland. McGregor is undefeated against Section VI opponents. Tonawanda is 8-4 overall, 5-0 in ECIC IV.