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03/01/09 06:59 AM


Grand Island, Kenmore East are A-OK

Williamsville East, Sweet Home eliminated

The Niagara Frontier League enjoyed a big night in Section VI, Class A-1 girls semifinal basketball games on Saturday.

Grand Island knocked off No. 1 seed Williamsville East while Kenmore East eliminated Sweet Home.

Grand Island beat Williamsville East, 52-39, ending the season for the Class A-1 top seed and ECIC II champions. Allie Banker had 18 points for the Vikings (14-8) and Kristen Wegrzyn added 14 with six rebounds. GI outscored East, 13-4 in the third quarter.

The Vikings, who’s focus was defense, held the Flames to 39 points. The team has received a lift from the recent return of forward Brooke DeMarco, who’d been out the whole season after breaking her leg in the last soccer game of the season.

Coach Jen Banker said her team has benefited from not only playing in the competitive Niagara Frontier League, but also from a non-league schedule that included Sacred Heart, Jamestown, Maine-Endwell and Liverpool.

“We don’t worry too much about our record,” said Banker. “The NFL is very strong competition. We battle each other every night. It really helps.”