All eyes on Niagara Falls HS and possible NFL title
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
If you’re going to easily win a game you were expected to easily win, you might as well do it with a solid effort and Lockport did just that in Tuesday night’s 53-24 Niagara Frontier League girls basketball victory over visiting Lewiston-Porter.
Eleven fourth quarter points by the winless Lady Lancers made the game appear closer than it actually was before a modest crowd in the Lady Lions’ Den.
With the win, head coach Karen Catalano’s Lady Lions improved to 11-1 in the league and are 13-2 overall.
“We set the tempo defensively, I thought, which has been out forte all year,” Catalano said.
Led by Alyssa Wagner’s 10 first quarter points, the Lady Lions jumped out to an 18-3 lead after the first eight minutes. Catalano emptied the bench after that and Lockport spread the wealth in the second quarter with six different players getting points, taking a comfortable 33-8 halftime lead.
Lady Lions junior Angela Sammarco found her range in the second half with seven points, adding two assists in a solid all-around effort as the Lady Lions cruised to the win.
Wagner finished with a game-high 14 points and added 9 rebounds and 4 steals in another solid effort at both ends of the floor.
Also for Lockport, Sara Franco added 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 blocked shots, senior Kennedy Smith was all over the floor with 3 rebounds, 3 steals and an assist, sophomore Brooklyn Camarra twisted and turned inside for 9 points, freshman point guard Carissa DiTullio took it to the basket with 7 points, adding a pair of steals and assists, senior Roserita DiMillo had a steal and an assist to go along with her free-throw, freshman Kathryn Krchniak had two points and an assist, junior DeAnna Wiley added 4 points with a steal and an assist; and Hailey Bechtold chipped in with a steal and an assist.
“It’s nice to see everyone get an opportunity to contribute,” Catalano said. “They come and they work hard, no matter where they are on the depth chart. Certainly it’s rewarding to see everyone get a few points here and there.”
Lew-Port’s Bailey Stayner drained two fourth quarter 3-point shots and Amber Custodi also hit a late tre as the Lady Lancers outscored Lockport in the final quarter, 11-7. Stayner and Custodi led Lew-Port with 9 points apiece.
“They stepped it up tonight. We went back to some basics and played a tough 2-3 zone, I thought,” said Lady Lancers head coach Kevin Jaruszewski.
Next up for Lockport is its biggest game of the NFL season, Friday night at undefeated Niagara Falls. The last time the two teams met, Jan. 9 in Lockport, Niagara Falls won, 53-46.
On Tuesday, visiting Niagara Falls squeaked past Kenmore West, 64-58, in double overtime, improving to 11-0 in the NFL.
“We need to be prepared to be a little more versatile,” Catalano said. “The last time we played them, we were able to be versatile and it helped us get back in the game. My hope is that we don’t start like we did and don’t find ourselves in that situation.”
Wilson 48, CSAT 27
WILSON — Kaylee Stoelting scored 20 points and finished with five rebounds and five steals as the Lakewomen moved to 11-0 in the N-O and are 13-2 overall.
Also for the winners, Emily Lasher finished with nine points, six assists, steals and rebounds and Allie Bubar contributed seven points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists.
CSAT dropped to 5-7 in the N-O and are 8-8 overall.
Lockport 71,Lew-Port 56
YOUNGSTOWN — Lockport senior Colin Dougherty netted a game-high 27 points and Moziah Townsend added 12 more as Lockport improved to 11-1 in the league and are 12-3 overall.
Jernard Jackson and Joey Scirto led the Lancers (7-5 NFL, 8-5 overall) with 17 and 13 points, respectively.
CSAT 50, Wilson 35
BUFFALO — Kyle Bradley scored 14 points for the visiting Lakemen, but they fell to 4-6 in the N-O and are 5-8 overall.