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Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: Penfield rolls past O'Hara in girls basketball

   Leading off today: It may have been relatively easy to pick a winner before the opening tip, but it's a good bet nobody picked the margin of victory correctly.

   Siena-bound senior Margot Hetzke scored 23 points to lead Penfield to an 83-53 girls basketball win over Cardinal O'Hara on Wednesday in Tonawanda.

   Penfield, which led 38-27 at halftime, is ranked 22nd in the state in Class AA and O'Hara fourth in Class A.

   Senior Lucy Covley and sophomore Emma Guy chipped in with 20 points apiece for the Patriots.

   "They're that good of a team, that disciplined of a team, that every mistake you make, they're going to take advantage of," O'Hara coach Dan McDermott told The Buffalo News. "We made plenty of mistakes tonight and they took advantage of every single one of them. Everything that could have gone wrong for us did."

   Where will it end? After yet another 30-point game Tuesday pushed her career total to 2,029 points, the only question left regards how high McKenna Maycock can go.

   Maycock, who began playing varsity in seventh grade, reached 2,000 in the early moments of the 12th game of her junior season as Randolph downed Sherman 74-27. That leaves her 297 points behind her sister Marah and well within range of landing in the state's all-time top seven by March 2015.

   The Section 6 record of 2,420 was set by Franklinville's Samantha Kopp in 2009.

   Section 2 coach resigns: Longtime Greenwich girls basketball coach Tim Brophy resigned Saturday morning, AD Duke Beck confirmed to Albany-area media.

   Brophy, who's coached three teams to Section 2 championships since 1998, continues to teach elementary school physical education and did not give a reason for his resignation, Beck said.

   Brophy was in his 19th season at Greenwich, which is ranked 11th in the state in Class C this week. JV coach Jason Slater will step up to take Brophy's place.

   Ex-wrestler shot by sheriff's deputy: A two-time state wrestling tournament medalist was shot by a Monroe County Sheriff's deputy Wednesday in Pittsford. Vincenzo Zagari, 22, was listed in guarded condition Thursday after he was shot in the chest after an alleged shoplifting incident in a Pittsford supermarket, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

   Zagari reached the state Division I wrestling championship meet twice, placing sixth for Spencerport as a heavyweight in 2009 and again at 215 points in 2010.

   Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn said deputies responded to a call for a report of a shoplifter as Zagari fled in a vehicle that was later determined to be stolen. As Zagari drove away, he hit a parked vehicle and then tried to carjack a female driver at gunpoint, police said.

   O'Flynn said an unidentified deputy confronted Zagari behind a nearby bank. Zagari allegedly displayed a weapon, and the deputy shot him in the chest.

   Records show Zagari was charged in June 2012 with assault and criminal possession of a weapon in a shooting in Wheatland Zagari is on probation for that crime.

   Whoops: Pelham's boys basketball game at Eastchester Wednesday had to be postponed after a pre-game dunk shattered one of the glass backboards and caused minor damage to the court.

   Pelham wasn't even on the court yet to begin warmups when Eastchester sophomore Andrew Schultz's dunk brought down the rim, The Journal News reported.

   "The rim hit the floor. It took a chunk out of the floor," Pelham coach Mark Finegan said. "The glass shattered. I'm surprised the kid didn't get hurt, but he didn't do anything wrong."

  
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   The game was rescheduled for Thursday at Eastchester.

   Connecticut compromise? Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference officials have cut a round of games from their 2014 football playoffs as a step towards heading off potential government action related to safety.

   The football committee made the decision Wednesday to drop the quarterfinal round because a calendar quirk would have forced some teams into a stretch of three games in 10 days beginning with traditional Thanksgiving contests, The Bulletin in Norwich reported. That caught the attention of elected officials in the state concerned about concussion-related injuries.

   The postseason field will remain at 32 teams, but eight champions rather than the traditional four will be crowned. Officials have not worked out specifics of how the eight classes will be structured.

   The schedule became an issue after it became apparent there was little support for starting the 10-game regular season before Labor Day, which falls on Sept. 1 this year, or extending the playoffs deep into December.

   Extra points: Glens Falls guard Caleb Canty has left the school to transfer to Faith Christian Academy in Georgia, The Post-Star reported. The 5-foot-10 junior averaged 11.4 points in 10 games for the Indians.

   Postings on Twitter on Wednesday said both the PSAL and the arena posted on their websites that the PSAL Class AA basketball finals doubleheader would be played at Barclays Center on March 8 -- only to have those announcements removed later in the day. By all accounts, though, it's a done deal resulting from Madison Square Garden being overbooked with pro sports.

   The Buffalo News tweeted that former all-state basketball player Jaysean Paige, who left Jamestown before his senior season, has committed to Southern Miss. Paige is averaging 22.1 points as a sophomore at Moberly Area Community College.

   Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball coach Bob McKenney can win his 500th game (the first 145 were at Milton, Vt.) Friday against winless Chittenango.


  
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