SALAMANCA — Salamanca forwards Kylee Dowdy and Jaeden Hubbard keyed Salamanca to a rubber-match victory over Ellicottville, 63-34, and into the semifinals of the Section 6 Class C2 girls basketball playoffs.

Dowdy racked up 23 points and 14 rebounds Friday while Hubbard totaled 21 points and 13 boards for the fourth-seeded Warriors (9-11). Nizhoni Kennedy grabbed nine rebounds, Marla Warrior handed out six assists and Aly Hill added four steals.

After splitting in the regular season, Salamanca left little doubt in the third matchup, jumping out to an 18-5 lead and maintaining a cushion from there.

“(We) came out hungry,” said Salamanca coach Bryelle Wallin, whose team will meet the winner of today’s game between Holland and Westfield in Thursday’s semis. “We’ve been preparing and working hard. It’s been a long time since the girls program has reached and won a playoff game, and we have a goal to make it to JCC and be playing in March.

“They didn’t have an answer for Kylee and Jaeden inside. And it was really a collective team win. They played really well together tonight.”

Makenna Smith had a team-best eight points for the fifth-seeded Eagles (8-13).


Chautauqua Lake 69, Cattaraugus-LV 19

MAYVILLE — Second-seeded Chautauqua Lake improved to 13-8 and will meet No. 6 Silver Creek in Wednesday’s semifinals.

Seventh-seeded Cattaraugus-LV finished the season 6-14.