Leading off today:
Stop me if you've heard this one before: Maine-Endwell's girls basketball team won in overtime on Friday.
Kyesha Talerico (23 points) went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line in overtime to cap the Spartans' 50-45 win over host Union-Endicott in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference game. It was M-E's fourth straight overtime game -- and they've all been victories.
"I can't believe they've done that," U-E coach Mike Howell told The Press & Sun-Bulletin. "They have to be dog-tired."
On Wednesday, M-E defeated Corning 52-44; the previous Wednesday, the Spartans downed Binghamton, 64-51; and the streak started with a 72-64 win over Vestal in double overtime.
Union-Endicott forced overtime when Kayli Lessler hit a 3-pointer from the right corner that made the score 43-43 with 10 seconds left in regulation.
• Our Lady of Mercy routed Aquinas 71-33 in a game Section 5 observers were anticipating to be much closer. Katie Titus (20 points) and Travia Breedlove (19) produced double-doubles for the Monarchs, ranked 11th in the state in Class AA. Kayla Jackson scored 13 points for Aquinas, rated fifth in Class B.
SNY Invitational: The title game of one the state's best in-season boys basketball tournaments will pit Christ the King against St. Raymond.
With senior guard Jose Alvarado in foul trouble most of the night, junior guard Tyson Walker came through with 17 points and seven assists as Christ the King defeated Mount Vernon 60-55 in the semifinals. Sophomore center Kofi Cockburn also impressed for the Royals.
"I am happy in two ways," Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello told the New York Daily News. "I am happy that we won and I am happy that next year's team is coming back."
The Royals return to City College of New York on Saturday to play St. Raymond, a 64-63 winner over Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony. Darius Lee scored 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting and snared nine rebounds to support Isaiah Washington (23 points) in the victory over one of the most heralded programs in Northeast scholastic basketball history.
"I have never wanted to win a game so badly," Lee said. "I have never played in a game like this before in my life, so I just wanted to come out and get my name out there."
Added Washington: "This was a huge win for our team. A lot of guys stepped up tonight in a really good team win against a really good opponent."
St. Raymond, ranked 11th in the State in Class AA, was coming off an 86-75 loss to Archbishop Molloy.
Christ the King is ranked sixth this week and Mount Vernon 14th. (Full rankings here.)
More boys basketball: Senior Rob Welch scored nine of his 23 points during the fourth quarter as St. Francis, ranked 12th in Class A, edged No. 22 Bishop Timon-St. Jude 69-62.
The Frannies had lost 14 straight to their Southtowns rival.
• A much-anticipated Section 2 Class D game ended up being a blowout. Second-ranked Fort Ann dominated No. 20 Argyle 88-58 as Tyler Mattison (35 and 14) and Garrett Bailey combined for 58 points and 28 rebounds.
Argyle's Kobe Lufkin was limited to 16 points, 20 below his average. His freshman brother Peyton led the Scots with 20 points, including going 6-for-7 on 3-pointers.
• Shenendehowa, ranked 18th in Class AA, saw its Suburban Council winning streak snapped at 53 games as Isaiah Moll piled up 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks for Colonie in a 61-52 victory on the road.
• Austin Grunder scored 45 points and grabbed 25 points as No. 8 Trumansburg downed No. 13 Groton 70-52 in a contest between state-ranked Class C squads.
Meeting recap: Pitchers for baseball teams in New York's largest governing body for high school sports are now officially on a pitch count following Friday's vote by the Executive Committee of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.