Saturday was a night for firsts for Tapestry Charter School and coach Fran Snyder.
The Thunderhawks became the first charter school to win a Section VI sports championship when they overpowered Silver Creek, 62-38, to win the Class C-1 title at Jamestown High School on Saturday afternoon.
Also, it was the first coaching championship for Snyder, the long-time mentor at Holy Angels Academy. When that school closed last spring, Snyder took his coaching talents to Tapestry.
Tapestry rolled past Allegany-Limestone in the semifinals and then handled Silver Creek despite 22 points by center Jordan Brooks.
The North Buffalo school took a 19-8 lead after the first quarter and opened up a 21-point halftime lead (35-14) over the Black Knights.
At Holy Angels, Snyder’s teams never won a Monsignor Martin title but he coached three teams to the state Class B Catholic High School championship game only to lose. This time his team came through, and on the eve of his 62nd birthday.
The Thunderhawks were led by their dynamic threesome of senior center Adila Gathers, junior guard Shaquanna Owens and freshman forward Nia Carver. They accounted for all but two of Tapestry’s points in the victory. Adreanna Fulton had the other two for the Thunderhawks.
Beside her defensive assignment on the towering Brooks, Gathers, who has been recruited by St. Francis (Pa.), had 29 points and 11 rebounds. She hit four three-point shots and had numerous steals as Silver Creek attempted to feed Brooks in the post.
“She’s All-Western New York material,” Snyder said of Gathers. Owens had 20 points, including four three-pointers. Carver, who averagee 16 points a game, had 11 points.
Tapestry’s only losses this season came to Sacred Heart twice (one game was a one-pointer) and to McKinley.
Snyder’s team, which went in as the No. 2 seed in C-1, will face Chautauqua Lake for the overall Class C title on Wednesday at Buffalo State.
No. 4 seed Chautauqua Lake (19-1) took the C-2 title, defeating Randolph, 80-42, for its 16th win in a row. The only loss was to Class AA Jamestown.
Ashton Albanesius led the Thunderbirds with 25 points. Jenna Einink had 19 points and Courtney Hewes 16.
Mckenna Maycock had 24 points for Randolph.
No. 1 seed Pine Valley defeated Panama, 48-38, in the Class D title game, also at Jamestown High.