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January 25, 2014

NFHS girls basketball wins at Nia.-Wheatfield

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Falls High School girls’ basketball team inched closer to a possible Niagara Frontier League title, doing so by accomplishing a first Friday night — beating Niagara-Wheatfield on the road.

The Wolverines did so in decisive fashion, jumping out to an 18-2 lead on their way to an eventual 58-38 win.

The result improved Niagara Falls’ record to 11-2 overall and 9-0 in the NFL. Niagara-Wheatfield fell to 6-6 overall and 5-4 in the NFL.

“Our defensive pressure, our girls were really aggresssive, we got them to turn the ball over early and get some points in transition,” said Niagara Falls girls basketball coach Mike Esposito. “I think our defense here was definitely the key to the game.”

That defense created plenty of turnovers from which the Wolverines were able to counter with more points that built their lead.

Co-captains Victoria Pryor and Toni Polk led Niagara Falls in scoring with 20 points and 13 points, respectively. Pryor’s output included two 3-pointers.

“Pryor and Polk got a lot of baskets off steals for layups,” added Esposito.

Just as important to the Wolverines’ success was shutting down Niagara-Wheatfield’s biggest threats. Ijon’Ana Laster was given the task of eyeing Allyson Czaja, the Falcons’ leading scorer who coming into last night’s game was averaging 11.5 points per game.

“Laster did a terrific job on Czaja,” said Esposito. “She’s got about six inches on (Laster) and she did a great job holding her to five points.”

With five games remaining, and the Wolverines closer to a possible league title, Coach Esposito is again making the point that the team is not allowing itself to look too far ahead.

“We’re 9-0 now and we just take it one game at a time.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Immaculata 47, Niagara Catholic 25

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