Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls girls basketball team didn’t see it coming. But, then again, neither did the rest of the Niagara Frontier League.
At the beginning of the season, the Wolverines were just a group of talented upstarts with designs on overthrowing a Lockport team one year removed from an undefeated season. But now they’re the ones who can claim the title unbeaten NFL regular season champions following a 61-33 win over Lewiston-Porter Wednesday night.
Shmoo Pryor led all scorers with 18 points and six assists and Brakia Harris chipped in six points, eight rebounds and six steals in the win. Niagara Falls (16-2, 14-0 NFL) will wait to learn its opponent in the first round of the Section VI postseason, which for them will begin at home on Feb. 25.
“I was talking to the girls before the game and we never once mentioned undefeated in the league this season,” Wolverines coach Mike Esposito said. “Most people thought Lockport had the edge coming off the season they had last year. ... To go undefeated in this league is pretty remarkable.”
Lew-Port (0-18, 0-14 NFL) startled the Wolverines out of the gates when Emily Muller rattled off four consecutive 3-pointers in the first half. Niagara Falls clung to a 18-17 lead after the first quarter but pulled away from there, allowing just 10 points in the second half.
Muller finished with 16 points to lead the Lancers. Toni Polk added 16 points in the win.
Grand Island 43, N. Tonawanda 34
Dakaylah Winfield fell one assist shy of a triple-double and Lexi Palinowski had eight points and 10 assists as the Vikings (4-13, 4-10 NFL) wrapped up their regular season in-league schedule. Winfield scored a game-high 22 points with 10 rebounds and nine assists in the win. Gretchen Ringler led the Lady Jacks (2-16, 2-12) with 11 points, including three 3-pointers.
Starpoint 55, W. Sen. East 19
Hattie Lasal scored a game-high 13 points and the Spartans allowed just three points in the second half to finish their regular season 9-3 against ECIC II opponents and 14-3 overall.