Senior captain MaryLouise Lindner and Kenmore West swept the seasons eries with cross-town rival Kenmore East. (Photo by Jeff Barnes)
Chalk up another sweep for the Blue Devils.
Marylouise Lindner and Noah Whalen set the tone as Kenmore West once again topped Kenmore East in a girls/boys basketball double header that was held Feb. 8 at the Ken-West Athletic Complex.
Lindner had 12 points as the Blue Devils posted a 44-30 win. Whalen and Shay Cuadra, meanwhile, each sank nine points as the Blue Devils boys earned a 56-47 win over Ken-East.
After tough losses to Lewiston-Porter (Feb. 1) and Niagara Falls (Feb. 5), the win over the Lady Bulldogs was huge for the Blue Devils who are trying to find consistency as they head into sectional playoffs after a season of streaky play.
“This is definitely a team that has to experience winning. So in that respect they continue to work so hard that it can be very depressing if you aren’t rewarded with a win,” said coach Mike Licata.
“So that East game was very important and we knew it would be tougher than the first time around with (Julia) Snitzer coming back because she’s just going to keep things under control for East,” he added. “I thought Marylouise stepped up and played like a senior, and that’s what we needed.”
The presence of point guard Snitzer (11 points) kept the game closer than when the two team’s met at Ken-East on Jan. 11. Snitzer sat out that game because of a knee injury.
A true calming force on the floor, Snitzer has the ability to settle her team down in tight situations.
Sarah McCarthy added eight points for the Bulldogs.
Liz Gallagher had nine for Ken-West. Licata said through it all Lindner and Gallagher have done a remarkable job as captains.
“When you think about the year before, they were role players,” Licata said. “They weren’t leaders that continued to be leaders; they were role players that really stepped up into leadership roles. And that’s huge. They’ve both done a tremendous job for us.”
In boys action, the Blue Devils actually were a perfect 3-for-3 against their district rivals this season as they also topped the Bulldogs in the title game of the Ken-Ton Winter Classic over the holiday break.
Up 25-21 at halftime, the Blue Devils had to adjust its normal game plan as 6-foot-7 center Quinton Campbell was not available after receiving two technical’s during the Feb. 5 loss to Niagara Falls.
Though the loss of Campbell took away the Blue Devils inside game, they managed to play good team ball as Adam Fron kicked in with seven points and Terrell Ford added eight.
Ken-East’s Pat Schroeder used a three treys on his way to a game-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Bulldogs.