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Roundball Roundup: UPrep gets last-second win as playoffs heat up

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Boys Basketball

Class AAA Quarterfinals

(4) UPrep 58, (5) Rush-Henrietta 56

Alex Webb’s putback with less than two seconds remaining sent the Griffins to the semifinals.

Tied at 56 with 2.7 seconds remaining, UPrep went to the free throw line with a chance to win the game. Both shots were missed, however, on a second effort Webb was able to grab the ball and pop it off the glass and in. Rush-Henrietta was unable to get a shot off with 1.5 seconds remaining, giving the Griffins the win.

The Royal Comets led 28-20 at the half, but UPrep fought back to tie it at 42 heading to the fourth quarter.

In a back-and-forth affair, both teams remained tied at 53 with three minutes remaining. The Royal Comets took a two-point lead on free throws, but Webb made a reverse layup with two minutes remaining to tie the game at 55. The defenses tightened up as neither team allowed a field goal before the final putback, with each team scoring a point on a free throw.

Jermelle Cotton led the Griffins with 17 points while Webb had 15 points and ten rebounds. Keon Manigault added 14 points.

Jalen Taggart had a game-high 25 points for the Royal Comets while Avery Council added 18 points.

UPrep (12-9) will face top-seeded Aquinas in the semifinals on Monday, February 26th at 7:45 p.m. at Gates Chili High School.

Rush-Henrietta’s season ends with an 11-10 record.

(2) Fairport 71, (7) McQuaid 57

Scott Fitch’s group kicked off sectional action with an impressive win at home over McQuaid.

Fairport led 30-26 at halftime. The Red Raiders dropped 24 points in the next eight minutes to take a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. 

LaShard Lowery and Landon Brucken combined for 13 points in the final frame to put the game on ice. Brucken finished with a team-high 22 points while Lowery ended with 19 points.

Aidan White scored 15 points on five baskets. Nick Smith and Alex Grejda finished with eight and seven points respectively.

Fairport (17-4) will play host to Franklin on Monday, February 26th. The game will take place at Gates Chili High School. 

McQuaid ends the year with a 6-15 record.

(3) Franklin 111, (6) Edison Tech/SWW 54

The Bulldogs kicked off postseason play with a bang as they dropped their highest scoring total of the season. Franklin had six players in double figures to fuel the explosive attack.

Clarence Thompson nailed three triples to lead Franklin with 23 points. Clarence also finished with seven assists and six steals.

His twin brother, Terence Thompson, collected yet another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Shawn Goins did his part with 15 points. 

Kollin McCullough and Lavante Brown each ended with 14 points while Curtis Bell had 12 points. McCullough also corralled ten boards.

For the Inventors, Davijon Lipscomb led the way with a game-high 25 points.

Franklin (14-6) will advance to the Class AAA semifinal where they will face Fairport on Monday, February 26th at Gates Chili High School. Fairport won the only matchup of the season 75-43 in early January. 

(6) Edison Tech/SWW had their season end with an 8-12 record.

Class A Quarterfinals

(4) Monroe 87, (12) School of the Arts 55

The Red Jackets crossed the 80-point mark for the third time this season to advance to the Class A semifinals.

Marcus Freeman finished with 18 points while DaiQuon McKinney pitched in 14 points.

Monroe (16-6) will take on East on Monday, February 26th. The Red Jackets lost their only matchup against the Eagles 61-47 in late January.

The Silverhawks end the year with a 10-12 record.

(1) East 75, (8) Bishop Kearney 47

Leading 14-7 in the first quarter, the Eagles went on a 19-0 run and never looked back, blowing out the Kings in the quarterfinals.

The Eagles led 42-18 at the half, a far cry from the 62-54 Eagles win when the two teams met on January 3rd.

Zymier Jackson had five three-pointers to give him a game-high 20 points. Zion Parson had 14 points, 12 coming in the first half. Kesean Leonard had 12 points while Markell-Kingston Johnson and Micah Johnson each had eleven points.

Jayden Capers led the Kings with 16 points while Colin Gentile added 12.

East (17-2) will play Monroe in the semifinals on Monday, February 26th at 6:00 p.m. at Webster Schroeder High School. The two teams met once in the regular season with the Eagles winning at Monroe 61-47 on January 30th.

Bishop Kearney’s season ends with a 12-10 record.

(3) Sutherland 74, (6) Eastridge 54

The Knights led 19-17 at the end of the first quarter, then decided that they didn’t want to sweat out the second half. Sutherland outscored the Lancers 23-1 in the second quarter to earn a dominant playoff win.

Dutch Pestorius had 25 points and eight rebounds while Max Michalski had 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Knights.

Marquis Tubbs led the Lancers with 15 points while Jalonie Pittman had eleven.

Sutherland (17-5) will take on the winner of Wayne and Geneva, which will be played on Saturday, February 24th. That quarterfinal was delayed by a day due to a power outage caused by a car crash near the Wayne campus.

Eastridge’s season ends with a 14-8 record.

Class B1 Quarterfinals

(3) World of Inquiry 66, (6) Penn Yan 41

The Griffins got off to a 31-4 start and never looked back Friday evening. 

Yacoub Tarowally led all scorers with 18 points while Diego Martinez was right behind with 14 points. Junayde Richardson and Marcus Norwood each tallied nine points.

Penn Yan’s Aven Foster led the way with 14 points with 12 coming in the second half. Matthew Tones pitched in 11 points.

World of Inquiry (11-11) moves on to the Class B1 semifinal where they will take on Mynderse Academy. The game will take place at Finger Lakes Community College on Monday, February 26th. 

Mynderse won the first matchup 73-69 on January 29th. 

Penn Yan ended their season with a 9-12 record. 

Girls Basketball

Class AA Quarterfinals

(5) Schroeder 50, (4) Canandaigua 23

The Bria Watkins show stopped in Canandaigua on Friday night as the junior finished with 26 points, 12 rebounds, and four steals. 

It was a defensive slugfest in the first half as Schroeder held a 15-10 lead at the break. However, the Warriors opened it up in the third quarter as they outscored Canandaigua 21-7 to extend the lead.

Junior guard Addison Morgan did her part with 12 points and eight rebounds. For Canandaigua, Ava Reed led with eight points.

The defending state champs are off to the Class AA semifinals where they will take on top-seeded Victor. The game will be held at Sutherland High School on Wednesday, February 28th. 

Victor and Schroeder (15-7) squared off twice this season. The Blue Devils won both matchups by one point. 

Canandaigua ends the season with a 15-7 record. 

(6) Bishop Kearney 55, (3) Mendon 29

Allie Hall was dominant in the paint, scoring 15 points, grabbing 15 rebounds, and registering six blocks as the Lady Kings took down the Vikings.

The Lady Kings scored the final seven points of the first quarter to lead 12-11. They increased their lead to 26-18 at the half, then pulled away in the second.

Bishop Kearney won the third quarter 14-5, taking a 40-23 lead into the fourth quarter where they would cruise to victory from there.

Adriana Kennedy had a game-high 16 points. Asia Wilson had 11 points with eight assists while Klarissa Goode had 10 points and nine assists.

Bishop Kearney (15-6) will take on Hilton in the semifinals on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. The two teams did not meet in the regular season.

Mendon ends the season with a 16-5 record.

(1) Victor 57, (8) Spencerport 41

The Blue Devils led wire-to-wire to grab their 11th straight win.

Sophomore guard Rhylin Fehrenbach finished with a game-high 16 points. Hope Stone joined Fehrenbach in double figures with ten points. 

Spencerport’s Jorga Gray totaled 16 points.

Victor (21-1) will take on Schroeder for the third time this season on Wednesday, February 28th. The game will be held at Sutherland High School.

Spencerport finished the year with an 11-11 record. The Rangers won their first playoff game in over ten years to make the quarterfinals.

(2) Hilton 66, (7) Penfield 50

Mallory Heise’s game-high 26 points helped propel the Cadets to their first sectional semifinal since 2016.

Hilton senior forward Ella Clark recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tea Cosman and Maddie Murphy each tallied ten points for the Cadets. 

Emma Alexander paced Penfield with 13 points while Lena Lipani knocked down four three-pointers.

Hilton (18-4) will take on Bishop Kearney on Wednesday, February 28th. The two teams have yet to face off this season.

Penfield ended the year above .500 with a 12-10 record. 

Class C1 Quarterfinals

(4) East Rochester 62, (5) Byron-Bergen 55

After a back-and-forth fourth quarter, the Bombers pulled away with an 11-0 run to punch their ticket to the semifinals.

East Rochester led 18-12 after the first quarter and was up 26 at the half. The Bombers led 47-46 with just over five minutes to go in the game when a three-point shooting contest broke out.

Byron-Bergen’s Riley Shallenberger, East Rochester’s Emma Romach, and B-B’s Olivia Senf made three-pointers on three straight possessions which gave the Bees a 52-50 lead with 4:46 remaining.

However, the Eldridge sisters locked in and the pair powered the Bombers to an 11-0 run which sealed the game.

Zarriah Eldridge had 27 points to lead East Rochester while Aniyah had 17.

Janessa Amesbury had a game-high 28 points for Byron-Bergen, with 18 coming in the first half. Senf was a sharpshooter throughout the game, drilling five from distance.

East Rochester (16-6) will face top-seeded Gananda in the semifinals, who survived a bit of a scare as they beat Perry 42-35. The two teams split the regular season series, each winning at home.

Byron-Bergen’s season ends with a 15-7 record.

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