Tonawanda News — Her teammates responded.
“Alanna just calmed down everyone and told us get our heads out of our butts,” Haley Slater said with a smile. “She just calmed us all down, told us to pick it up and we came out and did.”
Tonawanda brought a much more focused and determined effort in the second as it chipped away at the lead until Slater hit a game-changing 3-pointer that put Tonawanda up 37-36 and set the stage for the Warriors to gain and keep control of the game.
“My heart sank ‘cause I made it,” Slater said.
Slater (six rebounds) hit all 10 of her points in the second half. Herne, meanwhile, had 12 points and 11 assists, while Compeau was 8 of 11 from the field.
Led by Alexis Campbell (22 points), daughter of legendary Malik Campbell, the Cavaliers were a formidable opponent. They were quick, shot well, were very athletic and played with grit. Tonawanda missed far too many chances early on and Buffalo Arts made the Warriors pay. Summer Hemphill had six points during an 8-0 run in the first quarter that gave Buffalo Arts a lead they would hold until Slater’s three-pointer in the third quarter.
But Buffalo Arts just didn’t have the depth that the Warriors had. Eventually their starting five simply ran out of gas. Once again Hill and Savanna Baughman were key in helping Tonawanda win the battle of the boards. Hill had 12 rebounds while Baughman was an absolute beast in the paint, pulling down 15 rebounds.
“It was a great all-around team win,” said Hall.
Hayley Snyder gave the Warriors a burst of energy off the bench and, combined with the speed of Herne and Compeau, forced the majority of the Buffalo Arts turnovers.
The Warriors defeated Bennett earlier in the year in tournament action.