Tonawanda News


March 27, 2013

O'Hara drops Federation Class B Final


Tonawanda News — Martins picked up three fouls in the first half and O'Hara hoped to take advantage, but the senior didn't pick up another foul in the game and finished with a game-high 22 points and 16 rebounds.

The Bulldogs built on their 30-22 halftime lead in the second half and went into the final frame up 53-35 after a 23-point explosion in the third.

McDermott said that Irvington just had too much firepower to deal with, especially without Edwards.

"It was a pick your poison type of game," he said. "What we tried to do on defense was concentrate on Lai and Martins. Because we were emphasizing those two there were some people that were able to get some open looks against us. To their credit they knocked down some shots and we seemed not able to cash in on our opportunities."

O'Hara's all-time leading scorer Leah McDonell led the way for the Lady Hawks with 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. She became the second all-time leading scorer in Monsignor Martin history in her final game, finishing with 1,617 points for her career.

McDermott said it's been a sad two days because he's in the process of saying goodbye to the most influential and successful class in recent O'Hara girls basketball history. But he said the future is bright and he expects his team to continue the success the program has had the past few seasons.

"There's obviously disappointment right now, as expected when you don't win that last game," he said. "But we have to look at what we've been able to accomplish. We won 50 games over the past two seasons. It's very exciting to think of what we still have coming back next year. … We're going to truly miss the four seniors tremendously with all they've brought to the table these past four years."

Contact sports editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @tonanewssports.

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