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Albion girls in B1 semifinals Thursday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell and her Purple Eagle teammates will face Tonawanda in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals Thursday at Sweet Home.

No. 6 seed Albion will face No. 7 Tonawanda in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Sweet Home.

The victor will take on the winner of the No. 5 Eden vs. No. 1 East Aurora semi the title contest on Sunday at Buffalo State.

Albion, which is 12-9, advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2012 by defeating Depew 52-38 in the opening round and No. 3 Burgard 59-51 in the quarterfinals.

Toawanda bested Alden 43-17 in the first round and No. 2 Newfane 51-36 in the semifinals.

Albion’s offense has been sparked this season by sophomore Chanyce Powell, who is averaging 16.1 points per outing, and senior Justice Nauden, who is averaging 12.6 points.

In Class B2, Niagara-Orleans League champion No. 1 seed Wilson will face No. 4 Fredonia in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Buffalo State. The other semi matches No. 2 Cleveland Hill vs. No 6 Southwestern. The winners will meet in the title contest on Sunday at Buffalo State.

In Class C1, No. 5 Barker will face top seeded Chautauqua Lake in the semifinals at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at Jamestown Community College. The other semi will have No. 3 Salamanca vs. No. 2 Allegany/Limestone.