Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — No Cardinal O'Hara girls basketball team led by 13-year coach Dan McDermott had ever beaten league-rival Sacred Heart.
Until Tuesday night, that is.
The Lady Hawks survived a wild, back-and-forth fourth quarter and a late Sharks comeback bid to clinch their first win, 57-55, over Sacred Heart since 1991.
McDermott knew it would take his team's best effort to pull off the victory.
"This game was everything," he said. "It might sound ridiculous for me to say but it went exactly how I thought it would go. I was hoping we would play to make it be this type of game, because they're that good. They have the history behind them and for it to come down like it did — it was expected."
The Lady Hawks led 56-50 with 90 seconds left when the Sharks scored five quick points and gained possession with under a minute to go. After a traveling violation, O'Hara's Kayla Brown, playing in her second game back from injury, drove into the lane to find Sara DiPasquale (North Tonawanda), but she couldn't convert.
Sacred Heart went to the free throw line with under a minute to go, but couldn't make the first free throw on a one and one. After a missed O'Hara free throw with under 20 seconds left, the Sharks attempted a cross-court pass just over the half court line, but Edwards made a clutch play, stepping into the passing lane to record her fifth steal of the game. She dribbled the length of the floor, was fouled and hit one of two free throws to secure the win.
Edwards got the Lady Hawks going in the first (seven points) and played big in the fourth (nine points), finishing with a team-high 17 points.
She said the magnitude of the game was not lost on O'Hara and she took it upon herself, as a leader, to contribute when her teammates needed her most.