By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
It was a full moon and the vampires and werewolves were out in the Lady Lions Den.
Sophomore forward Sara Franco drew first blood with a 15-point first half, then tenacious senior forward Marisa Guyton was out for blood in a 13-point third quarter demonstration as Lockport toppled visiting Lewiston-Porter on Tuesday, 73-39.
The Lady Lions led the Niagara Frontier League gils basketball contest from start to finish and there were plenty of positives, particularly the play of Lockport’s “Big Three,” seniors Guyton and Emma Sobieraski and the super sophomore Franco.
Guyton finished with a game-high 22 points and added eight rebounds, Franco had 17 points , 12 rebounds and five blocks and Sobieraski added 16 points, five boards and proved she can dribble end-to-end with the best of them.
“Lockport’s an incredible team and they have a tremendous triple big threat in Sobieraski, Guyton and Franco,” said Lady Lancers head coach Scott Mueller. “With that combination of size and talent, I think they’re a team that has an opportunity to go far in sectionals.”
The Big Three need someone to get them the ball and senior guards Patti Burdick and Maggie Glenn, along with junior Alex Cheatham, did a good job of doing that. When the Lew-Port defense collapsed inside, Burdick and Cheatham threw in three-point baskets, drawing them back out.
Lockport led 17-10 after the first quarter, then out-scored the visitors 25-8 in the second to lead 42-18 at halftime. The third quarter was all Guyton, literally, as the Gannon University-bound senior forward netted 13 of her team’s 17 points, with four field goals and shooting 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.
“When Marisa’s at the top of her game — like in the third quarter — she’s a beast,” said LHS head coach Bill Shaw. “I thought Emma played a great defensive game in the second half.”
Senior Kendra Warren added five points for Lockport (11-1 NFL, 12-2 overall), while Carly Kane showed good shooting touch once again with a couple of baseline jumpers to finish with four points. Burdick finished with six and Cheatham added three. Also coming off the bench with strong support were Allie Cavagnaro and Emily Elliott.
“I’m still looking for a good defensive game,” Shaw said. “They showed it in spurts, but we’ll need to play much better defense in the playoffs.”
Taylor Anderson topped Lew-Port (4-7 NFL) with 10 points.
• N-O GIRLS BASKETBALL
Albion 43, Roy-Hart 33
ALBION — Avenging an early season road loss, Albion (8-3 N-O) knocked Roy-Hart (10-1 N-O) from the ranks to throw the Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball title race into a dead heat.
“It’s a huge win. The improvement we’ve shown from the start of the season until now is just huge,” said Albion coach Lucian Price whose Purple Eagles have now won five in a row.
Abby Edwards scored 13, Tanisha Moyer nine, Sarah Papponetti eight and Justice Nauden seven to lead Albion’s balanced attack.
Olivia Kelkenberg scored 10, Jesse DeWaters nine and Kristi Harnish seven for Roy-Hart.
“We just didn’t shoot well. Our shots just didn’t fall,” said Roy-Hart coach Don Baker. “Albion played very well though. They out-hustled us and out-rebounded us in key situations.”
Wilson 33, Akron 27
WILSON — Jessica Curry scored a game-high 20 points to lead Wilson (10-1 N-O), which moved back into a first-place tie with Roy-Hart.
Akron (3-8 N-O) was paced by Kierstyn Sturmer’s 16 points.
Wilson led 15-6 at the half and 19-15 after three-quarters.
Newfane 41, Barker 22
BARKER — Snapping a three game losing streak, Newfane bested Barker 41-22 as Kate Shaw scored 15 and Maddy Passuite 10.
Newfane (4-7 N-O) led 13-8 after one period, 21-11 at the half and 37-15 at the three-quarter mark.
The Lady Raiders dropped to 3-8 in the N-O.
• ECIC GIRLS BASKETBALL
Starpoint 48, WSE 34
WEST SENECA — Allison Gillet had 11 points for the Lady Spartans (8-8, 5-6 ECIC II) in Tuesday’s ECIC win at West Seneca East.
• NFL BOYS BASKETBALL
Lockport 60, Lew-Port 49
YOUNGSTOWN — Junior James Chambers had 17 points and senior DiAntre Cullens added 12 for head coach Dave Gilson’s Lions (9-6, 7-5 NFL).
Johnny Dzwiet had 14 points and seven assists for Lew-Port (6-9, 4-8 NFL) while Nick Mansour chipped in with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
• N-O BOYS BASKETBALL
Roy-Hart 54, Albion 36
MIDDLEPORT — Brad Bobbitt scored 19, Chris Luce 11 and Blake Copella 10 to spark the attack for Roy-Hart (4-7 N-O), which avenged an earlier season one point (54-53) loss at Albion.
Nick Santos led the Purple Eagles (3-8 N-O)with nine.
Akron 53, Wilson 25
AKRON — Austin Meitz, Connor Ladd, Steve Poodry and Noah Diebel each scored eight points to lead a balanced attack for Akron (7-4 N-O) in an upset special over front-running Wilson (9-2 N-O).
Patrick Diez led Wilson with 10.
Newfane 74, Barker 64
NEWFANE — Connor Sears had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Scott Kneeland 18 points to spark Newfane (9-2 N-O) past Barker and knotting the N-O boys basketball race back up.
Jake Haight poured in a game high 35 points for Barker (3-8 N-O) and Josh Haight added 10.
Newfane jumped out to a quick 24-10 first period lead and maintained advantages of 40-29 at the half and 50-45 at the three-quarter mark.
• ECIC BOYS BASKETBALL
WSE 53, Starpoint 50
PENDLETON — Andrew Rankie had 22 points for the Spartans (1-14, 1-9 ECIC II) in Tuesday’s loss.
Dakota Michels and Alex Pacer each had 14 points each for West Seneca East.