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March 26, 2014

Lady Hawks capped historic season with NYS Fed A championship on Sunday

O'Hara girls cap historic season with state Federation title

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Tonawanda News — That's a bit of an understatement, as the Lady Hawks used a 22-4 fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Walton, who said it's been an exciting and emotional stretch for the team since the final buzzer sounded, thought her team was able to secure the win because of its determination and speed.

"At the beginning it was a back and forth, we didn't know what the outcome of the game was going to be. We just worked hard and pushed the ball," Walton said. "It seemed like they were getting worn out in the third quarter, so we just kept pushing and we ended up getting the victory. That's what we do well, push the ball."

With so much talent up and down the Hawks' roster, McDermott continues to be amazed at the unselfishness of his team. He said the players' willingness to buy into the team concept made the championship possible.

"It's been like this all season long, just the ability of them to put aside any form of individual stuff and just always play for the good of the team," McDermott said. "This team is the ultimate example of what playing as a team is all about and what you can accomplish when you put your mind to that."

Back in February, which now seems like a season ago, the Lady Hawks began their demolition of the history books at O'Hara with a 70-43 win over Nardin to claim the school's first Monsignor Martin league title in 43 years.

Nardin coach Joe Dougherty, who has been a part of Western New York basketball for 15 years, saw O'Hara up close and personal twice this season. He called them one of the best teams in the history of the area.

"As a team, they played some of the best defense I've ever seen, boys or girls. They were relentless on defense," Dougherty said. "They really love the defensive part of the game. A lot of teams like to play offense and take their breaks on defense, but they turned it up when they were on defense. They made a lot of their runs that way."

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