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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish went 0-2 versus Elba in the regular season, but all that matters is the sectional playoffs. They took care of business last night against the Lancers in a semi-final game, 45-40 at Dansville High School, ending Elba’s 44-game winning streak and halting their bid for a second straight state championship, while propelling themselves to the class D1 sectional championship game.

Notre Dame shut out Elba in the 2nd quarter and held them to 11 points at halftime. The Lancers entered the game averaging nearly 70 points a game. 

“They’re a great basketball team," coach Dave Pero said. "They’re a very good high school basketball team. They’re well coached. To shut a team like that out even for a few minutes is a feather in your cap. To do it to Elba is tough to do.”

Senior Riley Norton led the way with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks while her sister Shea pulled down 13 rebounds and teammate Laurie Call finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Longtime Elba Coach Tom Nowak said his team should still be very proud of what they’ve achieved.

“Like I told the kids," Nowak said, "I said, ‘You’ll look back 10 years, 15 years from now and realize what you accomplished. I’ve been coaching 35 years and never did I experience anything like I did last year and this year.’ They will be really proud of that accomplishment down the road when they come back and think about it.”

Elba ends the season with a 19-1 record.

Notre Dame next faces Romulus Friday at Letchworth High School with a sectional title on the line. That game will be broadcast right here on AM 1490 WBTA and streaming live at


In other sectional basketball action Tuesday night, Batavia boys easily defeated Livonia, 75-36. That means both Blue Devils teams are now in their respective sectional title games.

The girls play Waterloo tomorrow at Gates-Chili at 6 p.m. which you can follow here on WBTA.


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