Tonawanda News — Lancaster responded with a 11-4 run to close out the third quarter and then pulled to within three in the fourth with about 5 minutes remaining. Joe Piotrowski scored six of his 16 points in the fourth and Woodard, who insisted that Gilhousen take his post season interview in his last home game as a senior, tallied eight of his game-high total in the final quarter, as well.
Woodard said the Jacks wanted to utilize their height against Lancaster.
“We watched them on film and we noticed that they weren’t a very big team,” he said. “We out-worked them on the boards clearly. That was one of our big points that we wanted to execute on.”
The win marked NT’s fourth home sectional win in the last five seasons. The Jacks had 19 assists, 37 total rebounds and shot 11 for 21 from the free throw line in the game. Awad was one of four Jacks to score in double figures, finishing with 11 points.
Mountain said Wednesday’s result is indicative of the way his team has played all season.
“As long as we have a lead we wear you down and win games in the fourth quarter,” he said. “That’s a testament to how hard we work. If anyone knew how hard we work they would have a greater appreciation for what we do.”
The Jacks travel to Niagara Falls to battle the Wolverines (15-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in a AA quarterfinal matchup.Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.