Tonawanda News — “It won’t be a surprise,” said Hall. “We know they’re a good team. They have good players and are very well coached (by Brian Baker). We know we’re up for a good battle, we just have to play our game. We saw them play. We know what they do. We know what they’re players do so it’s definitely an advantage. But on the other side they know what we can do, too.”
Compeau said they absolutely respect Wilson, and every opponent, but they also know from within that when they play as one they are a special group.
Paige Hill and Savanna Baughman are expected to key in on Smith. Both were strong on Bennett’s 6-foot-1 Danyea Barclay. Baughman had 12 points and 15 boards in the B-1 title game.
Bennett jumped out to an early 5-0 lead as both teams struggled with big game jitters and playing on a bigger court. Once the Warriors acclimated themselves to their surroundings they were able to set the tone of the game.
Three-pointers from Compeau (19 points) and Herne (18 points/five assists/four steals) extended Tonawanda’s lead to 20-14 midway through the second and Tonawanda never looked back.
Coming off of back-to-back league titles the last two season the Warriors dealt with unforeseen circumstances that led to their playoff hopes being dashed in the quarterfinals both seasons. This season the resolve was more than just about a third ECIC IV title. The true mission was to prove the critics wrong and see it all the way through to a sectional title
“Most of all, with this group, and this is going to be my quote at the banquet,” said Hall. “When you say the word team you think ok a bunch of people out there together with the same color uniforms. But this is actually a family. It’s a team where everybody cares about everybody. They’d do anything for each other. This is really what a team should be.”