Leading off today:
Junior forward Katie Titus' monster effort -- 26 points and 21 rebounds -- carried Our Lady of Mercy
to a 75-65 victory over Bishop Kearney in a matchup of state-ranked Section 5 girls basketball teams Monday.
Junior guard Traiva Breedlove added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs, ranked 14th in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association. Kearney is ranked 18th.
Kearney broke to an 11-0 lead at the start, but Mercy rattled off the first 15 points of the second quarter.
"If you look at the last couple games we've had against each other, that's just the way it is," Monarchs coach Tom Vasey told the Democrat and Chronicle. "It doesn't matter what team gets up. The other is coming back."
Kearney eighth-grade guard Marianna Freeman scored 27 points, including nine in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Lytoya Baker had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
More girls basketball:
MacKenzie Martin (18 points, 11 rebounds) and Morgan Elmer (16 points) led Westhill to a mild Class B upset
of previously unbeaten Bishop Grimes in Section 3 by a 51-46 score.
Bishop Grimes is ranked 20th and Westhill 23rd this week.
Grimes closed a 29-17 halftime deficit to one point to start the fourth quarter.
• Olean sophomore guard Sara Pfeiffer broke a school record with 51 points in a 74-53 over Fredonia, ranked 17th in Class B. Pfeiffer scored 19 first-quarter points and made eight 3-pointers in the contest.
"It was a spectacular 51 points," Olean coach Randy Samuelson told the Times-Herald. "I didn't know she had 51. I was flabbergasted. I knew she had a lot, but 51's a lot of points and the other team only scored 53 ... and they're good. It's the best team we've played, and she wants to be the best."
Boys basketball: Down by nine heading into the fourth quarter, Sauquoit Valley rallied to a 45-42 upset of Waterville, ranked seventh in Class C.
Forward Antonio Grande finished with a game-high 22 points.
Following up: There's been a bit of an unexpected (at least by me) twist to a story from a couple of days ago.