Tonawanda News — “It just kind of rolls off my tongue,” Herne said. “But I just try my best to keep everyone’s heads in the game.”
“Alanna definitely knows the right thing to say and the right time,” said Herne’s best friend, Kalyn Compeau. “We were down some games, like our sectional game (against Arts). She knew exactly what to say and we literally picked our butts up and got back on top. She definitely deserves that captains role and she definitely deserves Player of the Year. She’s an amazing athlete and an amazing person.”
Herne certainly had the numbers to back up her selection. Herne led the Warriors in points (281), her 127 assists were a new single-season record. Herne had 58 steals and 68 of her 78 rebounds were on the defensive end.
If you taught Herne a sport at 10 a.m., by 11 she’s mastered it, and by noon she’s teaching others. But Herne has never been the type of girl who would rub her exceptional skills in the face of girls who weren’t as talented. Herne always did what she could to boost a teammate’s confidence and help her get better.
“She’s always helping people here,” said Hall. “Telling them what to do or find a way to improve their game.”
Herne said it’s important for teammates to help and encourage each other because everyone brings something special and important to the table.
“Everyone has something to bring,” said Herne. “Whether it be speed, what I lack someone else has. It’s very helpful to try and build people up. I also expect compliments or guidance. It’s easy to do when you’re friendly with (and it feels like) family on a team.”
Funny and outgoing, Herne could always be counted on to give the team a laugh when it’s needed the most. And she’s the kind of girl, and friend, you can always depend on for anything.