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January 10, 2014

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Niagara Falls beats Lockport in battle of NFL girls hoops unbeatens

LOCKPORT —

Victoria Pryor can go by any name she wants.
The Niagara Falls star point guard who likes to be called “Shamu” played a killer whale of a game Thursday night, scoring a game-high 23 points to lift the visiting Lady Wolverines over Lockport, 53-46, in a hard-fought battle of Niagara Frontier League girls basketball unbeatens.
The Lady Lions turned the ball over a dozen times in the first quarter, at least half the time to the defensive (and offensive) stalwart Pryor, and trailed Niagara Falls by eight after the opening eight minutes, 15-7.
The second quarter belonged to Brakia Harris, who drained two, 3-point baskets en route to 10 points in the stanza as head coach Mike Esposito's Lady Wolverines (5-0 NFL, 7-1 overall) opened up a 29-16 halftime lead.
“I told them at halftime, ‘They’re gonna make a run.’ We talked all week about how we've been the little sisters for so long,” Esposito said. “I said, ‘They're going to be upset and come out hard in the third quarter.’ Thank God we weathered the storm in the first four minutes of the quarter.”
Things went from bad to worse in that span for head coach Karen Catalano's Lady Lions (4-1 NFL, 5-3), who found themselves trailing Niagara Falls by as many as 19 points, 40-21, with 3:53 left to play in the third.
Showing tremendous determination, the blue and gold dug deep and reeled off nine straight points — including a 3-pointer from junior forward Hailey Bechtold (7 points) — to cut the Lady Wolverines lead to 10, but Pryor's bucket with six seconds left gave the visitors what seemed like an insurmountable 12-point 42-30 lead after three.
Lockport senior center Sara Franco (12 rebounds) saved her best for last in the fourth. Two Franco inside buckets then another by junior forward Alyssa Wagner (12 points, 15 rebounds) highlighted a 6-0 Lady Lions run to open a see-saw fourth. Franco canned nine of her team-high 20 points in the fourth, as the Lady Lions clawed back to as close as five, 51-46, with just over a minute to go.

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