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February 28, 2013

Familiar foes in AA girls semifinal tonight

No. 2 Lady Lions take on No. 6 Falcons at 6 p.m. today at Kenmore West High School


Three’s a charm, unless you’re talking about having to face one of Western New York’s top girls basketball teams.
Lockport’s Lady Lions have already outscored their Niagara Frontier League-rival Niagara-Wheatfield by a combined 49 points in two earlier games this season, beating the Lady Falcons by 74-52 back on Dec. 14 and 61-34 in their last meeting on Jan. 18.
How much those first two meetings come into play won’t be known until 6 p.m. today, when the two teams meet for the third time in 76 days at Kenmore West High School in a Section VI Class AA girls basketball semifinal.
Head coach Bill Shaw’s No. 2-seeded Lady Lions enter 17-2, while head coach Diane Fegatilli’s Lady Falcons are 14-6. Friday night’s second AA semifinal contest at Ken West, which will immediately follow the LHS/N-W contest, pits No. 1 Jamestown (16-3) versus No. 5 Williamsville North (10-8).
Fegatilli said despite the two big losses to a long-time NFL foe, she remains confident that her peaking team can turn things around today.
“The keys for us are going to be rebounding and eliminating second shots,” said Fegatilli, whose team posted its biggest win of the year in Tuesday’s upset AA quarterfinal win at No. 3 Lancaster, 55-43.
“The last time we played Lockport, I thought we played a great first half and were able to stay with them, then got in foul trouble. Our defense played well. We’ll see what happens this time. We’ve got two very quick gards in Rachel Pawlak and Melissa Smith. They defend very well.”
Seniors Pawlak (18.5 ppg) and Smith (16.7 ppg) are known as scorers throughout the NFL, but Fegatilli said it’s their defense which sometimes gets overlooked, and that’s fine with her. Smith topped the 1,000-point mark for her Lady Falcons career two weeks ago in a win over Kenmore East.

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