Kearney and Penfield meet in AA rematch

Top (l-r): Taylor Norris, Kennedy Cone. 2nd (l-r): Nyara Simmons, Marianna Freeman. 3rd row (l-r): Kaia Goode, Haley Emmick. Bottom row: Baylee Teal, Saniaa Wilson. (Photo contributions: DENNIS JOYCE and SUE KANE)

For the second straight year Bishop Kearney and Penfield will meet in the Section V Girls’ Class AA championship. Here’s the breakdown:

No. 1 PENFIELD PATRIOTS (20-2/Monroe County Division I) vs. No. 3 BISHOP KEARNEY KINGS (19-3/Independent)

When: Friday, March 6, 8 p.m.

Where: Gates-Chili High School

When they last met: Behind a 14-point, 12-rebound double-double from Taylor Norris, Kearney beat Penfield 56-44 when the two teams met in February. The loss was Penfield’s only setback to a Section V team this season.

How they match up: Penfield has won four straight and 15 of 16. The Patriots averaged 63.6 points per game during the regular season while allowing 42.5. Kearney has won 10 straight, losing only to out-of-section teams all season. BK scores 61.6 points per game, while holding opponents to 48.3.

Players to watch for Penfield: Nyara Simmons Sr. F 18.0 PPG; Baylee Teal Sr. G 11.6 PPG; Jessica Rinere Sr. G 10.2 PPG; Haley Emmick Jr. F 7.7 PPG

VIEW MORE DENNIS JOYCE PHOTOS HERE.

Player to watch for Bishop KearneySaniaa Wilson Jr. C 15.7 PPG, 16.0 RPG and 4.7 BPG; Taylor Norris Jr. F 14.4 PPG, 13.9 RPG; Marianna Freeman Jr. G 14.0 PPG; Camille Wright Jr. G 9.8 PPG

History 101: Kearney is looking to win its third straight Section V title and sixth since 2014. Penfield is making its fourth finals appearance since 2015. The Patriots beat Hilton in the 2016 championship game.

VIEW MORE SUE KANE PHOTOS HERE.

Coaches: Mark Vogt (Penfield) and Kevan Sheppard (Bishop Kearney).

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS Far West Regional against the Section VI champion either Orchard Park or Clarence.

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