Girls Basketball

Class AA Championship- (1) Bishop Kearney 58, (2) Fairport 52

The Kings outscored Fairport 16-7 in the fourth quarter to take down the Red Raiders and secure their fourth brick in the last five years.

It was high scoring first quarter with Fairport taking a 25-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. The star-studded trio of Bella Pucci, Ella Meabon, and Na’veah Buntley combined for 20 of their 25 first quarter points.

Kearney clamped down on the defensive end in the second quarter holding Fairport to just six points as they outscored the Red Raiders 14-6.

It was a back and forth game in the third quarter with Fairport holding a 45-42 lead heading into the final frame. In the fourth, Kearney cranked up the intensity on the defensive end of the floor.

Sophomore Aniyah Rowe and senior Kaia Goode combined for eight straight points down the stretch to put BK back on top. Rowe finished with a game-high 22 points while Goode had 13 points.

Na’veah Buntley led the way for Fairport with 17 points while Ella Meabon pitched in 10 points.

With the win, Kearney advanced to the Far West Regionals where they will face the Class AA champion from Section VI.

Class A Championship- (1) Mendon 58, (3) Schroeder 39

The Vikings earned their sixth sectional title in a row after defeating Schroeder 58-39.

Mendon controlled the first half holding a 20-11 lead at the end of the first half. Lily Kennedy led the way with 10 points.

In the third quarter, the Vikings exploded on the offensive end hitting six threes to expand their lead to 50-29 heading into the fourth quarter. Anaya Coleman, Kennedy, and Danielle Strauf scored 23 of the Vikings’ 30 points in the third.

Kennedy led the way for Mendon with 17 points with Coleman right behind me with 15 points. Bridget Miller also had 13 points.

Bria Watkins was the leading scorer for Schroeder with 14 points while her sister, Mariah, had 10 points.

Class C1 Championship- (1) East Rochester 61, (7) Alexander 37

The Lady Bombers go back-to-back behind senior Sam Lewis’ monstrous stat-line.

The multi-sport athlete saved her best performance for the big stage dropping 34 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists.

Alexander was feisty early on holding an 11-8 lead midway through the first quarter. However, East Rochester would why they are a top ten team in the state going on a 23-7 run to take a 13 point lead after 16 minutes of play.

The Bombers continued to keep their foot on the gas in the third quarter as they held a 44-27 lead into the fourth quarter.

Zarriah Eldridge pitched in eleven points for East Rochester. Alexander’s Natalie Whitmore had 16 points.

Class C2 Championship- (1) Pavilion 46, (6) Gananda 42

The Golden Gophers get their second sectional title in the last three years in a thrilling win over the Blue Panthers.

Gananda jumped out first holding a 15-13 lead after eight minutes of action. Pavilion would turn the tide in the second quarter as they took a 21-19 lead into the break.

In a competitive third quarter, Pavilion held a 32-27 lead into the fourth. In the final frame, the inside presence of Lauren Kingsley and Shea Amberger was too much to handle for Gananda as the duo scored 12 points to put the game away.

Amberger led all scorers with 18 points while her running mate Kinglsey did her part with 16 points. Gananda’s Kaylee Marvin had 15 points.

Class C3 Championship- (2) York 42, (1) Dundee/Bradford 35

Behind a dominant defensive performance, York repeats as sectional champions.

The Golden Knights’ defensive prowess was on full display in the first half holding the Scotsmen to just ten points. Katelyn Curry was cooking on the offensive end scoring 12 of her game-high 18 points through two quarters of play.

York held a double-digit lead through the majority of the game before a late run by Dundee/Bradford caused a scare in the Golden Knights.

Cierra Smith had nine points for York while Sydney Emerson had eight points.

Boys Basketball

Class AA Championship- (2) Aquinas 77, (8) Rush-Henrietta 43

Aquinas dominated from start to finish as the Li’l Irish ended Rush-Henrietta’s Cinderella run with a convincing victory.

AQ led 16-10 after the first quarter and their lead ballooned in the second quarter as they doubled-up Rush-Henrietta 38-19 at the half.

While the Royal Comets have been known for their runs, comebacks, and late-game heroics, they had no such luck as Aquinas build their lead up to 51-28 heading into the final quarter.

Former team Li’l Irish team manager Owen Acciari stole the show in the fourth quarter as the senior drained a three-pointer to the delight of the packed crowd at Gates Chili high school.

AQ’s win was their first sectional title since 2016.

Class A1 Championship- (1) Mendon 63, (3) Schroeder 49

A 13-0 run to end the third quarter powered the Vikings to their second straight sectional title.

Trailing 33-32, Caleb Lewis took over and scored eleven points of Mendon’s thirteen during the run. He finished with a game-high 23 points.

Jackson Green scored 16 points and was named Tournament MVP. Lewis and Kidder Lindley, who scored seven points in the championship game, joined Green on the All-Tournament team.

Ben Carey scored 19 points for Schroeder while Gio Schillaci had 16.

Mendon will take on East in the Class A qualifier game on Wednesday, March 9th.

Class A2 Championship- (2) East 59, (5) Sutherland 54

The Eagles won their third straight sectional title as they outlasted the Knights early Saturday afternoon.

Tied at 54 with just over a minute left in the game, 8th grader Zion Parsons scored the game-winning bucket to give East another title.

Damani Barley led the Eagles with 19 points and was named Tournament MVP.

“When you’re in sectionals, it’s a different ballgame,” said Barley. “The teams that you would probably play in the regular season come out even better and harder because it’s passion, it’s really passion and heart when it comes to sectionals. Last year we won sectionals at East, but it was over. This year, we’ve got a chance to do something amazing. We’re going to try to get it, I’m going to try to get to states.”

Kai McCullough had 14 points and Parsons also had 14 for East.

Max Michalski had a team-high 18 points for the Knights while Tyler Mullin scored 15.

East will take on Mendon in the Class A qualifier game on Wednesday, March 9th.

Class B1 Championship- (2) Newark 40, (4) Palmyra-Macedon 37

After Newark led 28-22 heading into the fourth quarter, the Red Raiders stormed back to lead 37-35 with less than two minutes left in the game.

That’s when the Reds went up top Isaiah Camp and he scored a layup off an alley-oop and got fouled. His three-point play was the decisive play of the game as Newark won their first sectional title since 2016.

Newark will take on the B2 champs from Wellsville on Wednesday, March 9th for the right to go to the state tournament.