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February 27, 2014

Lady Warriors earn first trip to sectional finals

Tonawanda News — Buffalo State, here come the Lady Warriors.

Kalyn Compeau had 22 points and six steals as No. 3 Tonawanda scored a shocking come-from-behind win over No. 2 Buffalo Arts, 56-50, in the Section VI Class B-1 semifinals Wednesday night at Sweet Home High School.

The victory earned the Lady Warriors their first-ever trip to the sectional finals, where they’ll play No. 4 Bennett at 5 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State.

“We’re so pumped,” said Alanna Herne. “Just how we all embraced each other. It’s awesome. I love ‘em. I love ‘em all!”

Tonawanda coach Jay Hall isn’t surprised one bit that this group of young ladies made history by going father than any other Lady Warrior team.

“A lot of these kids were the first to win a league championship, the first to win back-to-back championships,” he said. “It just carries over. They don’t want the season to end and they work their tails off every day.”

Trailing 28-16 with less than a minute to go in the first half, it looked as if the Warriors season was slipping away before their very eyes. But Herne and Paige Hill hit back-to-back shots to cut the score to 28-21 and slowly inch the momentum in Tonawanda’s favor.

While Herne’s 3-pointer with 34 seconds to go was huge, it’s what Herne did off the court that may have very well saved the Lady Warriors season.

After the coaching staff exited the locker room during halftime Herne stood up and in no uncertain terms told everyone to get their heads together and simply play better.

“We didn’t come this far to (roll) over when we’re just a few points behind,” said Herne. “We were only down by (six) at the half so we knew that we were going to pull together. We started hugging, we’re not giving up.”

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