Leading off today: Cardinal Hayes
erased the memory of its loss this week to Mount St. Michael by scoring a 61-58 victory over Bishop Loughlin in CHSAA boys basketball action Friday.
Hayes, ranked seventh in the state in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association, played at a deliberate pace intended to keep the score lower than what would have been projected on paper against No. 2 Loughlin.
"We didn't want it to be 90s and 80s," Hayes coach Joe Lods said. "We wanted fewer possessions, more shots."
Hayes was in command at 51-32 midway through the fourth quarter before Loughlin, which entered the game with a 15-0 record, went on a run to close the gap to five with 26.5 seconds remaining.
Jaylen Murray led the winners with 17 points and Iowa-bound point guard Joe Toussaint had 16 points and eight assists. Justin Champagnie topped Loughlin with 21 points to go over 1,000 for his career.
Niagara Falls wins: Niagara Falls
is shaping up as the best bet to come out of the Western Region for a berth in the NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinals. The Wolverines, ranked ninth in the state, improved to 13-2 with a 78-60 win over Lewiston-Porter, ranked 10th in Class A.
Freshman point guard Willie Lightfoot scored 11 of his team-high 24 points during the Wolverines' 26-11 third quarter that erased a two-point deficit, and Niagara Falls shot 7-for-11 from behind the arc in the second half. Moran Montgomery scored all 11 of his points during the second half for the winners.
Lew-Port is in the middle of a challenging stretch of games. The Lancers host unbeaten Cardinal O'Hara on Tuesday and then play at defending Federation champion Park School on Friday.
More boys basketball: Caleb Smith and Chase Curtis put up double-doubles to lead No. 12 McGraw to a 43-36 upset of No. 5 DeRuyter in Class D action in Section 3.
Smith scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Curtis scored 12 points to go with 10 rebounds.
Girls basketball: Graceann Bennett of Lake George scored 20 points to help hand Warrensburg its first loss of the