Tonawanda News — On title down, another one is in reach.
The No. 3 seed Tonawanda Lady Warriors made history when they dismantled No. 4 Bennett, 62-31, to win the Section VI Class B-1 title at Buffalo State College on March 2.
The victory marked the first-ever sectional title in the history of Lady Warriors basketball program.
“You don’t really understand it until the last tenth of a second buzzes,” senior tri-captain Alanna Herne said with a smile. “It’s unbelievable, really. I don’t know any other way to explain it.”
“It’s unbelievable,” added fellow senior captain Savanna Baughman. “We worked our butts off everyday in practice. We all hustle and we worked hard to get where we are. So now that we made it and we actually are champions, it feels great.”
Tonawanda now has its sights set on the next step as they face B-2 champs Wilson tonight at Buffalo State College, beginning at 5 p.m., for the overall Class B championship.
Wilson is led by tri-captains Emily Lasher, Allie Bubar and 6-foot Dana Smith. All three are well-rounded, skilled players. Lasher and Smith are both deadly accurate from the outside. But even though the Warriors are in uncharted territory, Tonawanda coach Jay Hall is keeping his girls focused by telling them each step is just another game. No pressure.
“It’s just another game for us,” said senior captain Kaylyn Compeau. “We know they’re big. We know they’re fast. They definitely proved that to us, but it’s nothing we can’t handle. I have confidence in my team that we’re going to pull through as a team. We’ve gotten so far and I don’t think our season is going to end (Wednesday).”
As fate would have it, Tonawanda and Wilson played a scrimmage game during the Christmas break. Hall said it was nice to get a look at Wilson, though he cautioned that he and his team can’t take that as an advantage because Wilson got a look at them as well. So both teams are even.