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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 — Sciandra said there is an argument to made for the Lady Hawks as the greatest girls hoops team in Western New York history.

"It was a great team. I know one can argue that if they won Sunday they'd be the greatest team in the history of Western New York girls basketball. I think one can make that argument. They're certainly one of the greatest girls basketball teams in the history of Western New York," he said.

In the jubilation that followed the championship ceremony, it took McDermott a while to realize that despite the joy and excitement, there is a bit of sadness that accompanied the end of this season. He has to say goodbye to the most successful senior class in school history, which included Walton, Edwards, McCarthy, Aisha Shabazz and Jailyn Dickson.

"It started hitting me on the bus ride home, that with all the celebration you kind of lose track of the fact that with these five seniors, that's it," McDermott said. "That hit me pretty hard on the bus ride home, but the sense of being so proud and privileged to be their coach and what they've been able to accomplish is just amazing. To be in the last game on the last day of basketball season in the New York high school championship, and to come out on top, it's just a feeling that you can't describe."

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