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March 2, 2014

Tonawanda girls hoops wins first-ever B-1 championship

Tonawanda News — BUFFALO — Every game, Alanna Herne wears her maroon and white “CS” wrist band to honor the memory of the late Chris “Mr. Tonawanda” Slauson.

The No.3 seed Lady Warriors honored Chris in the best way possible when they dismantled No.4 Bennett 62-31 to win the Section VI Class B-1 title at Buffalo State College on Sunday night.

The victory marked the first ever sectional title for the Lady Warriors basketball program. Herne knew their No.1 fan was watching and smiling.

“Oh absolutely,” Herne said. “I wear this arm band for a reason, just so he's with us. He's the No.1 Tonawanda fan, so I like to represent him on my arm.”

Their heads still spinning moments after raising the championship plaque, everyone was still trying to process what they had just done.

“You don't really understand it until the last 10th of a second buzzes,” Herne said with a smile. “It's unbelievable, really. I don't know any other way to explain it.”

“It's unbelievable,” added fellow senior Savanna Baughman. “We worked our butts off every day in practice. We all hustle and we worked hard to get where we are. So now that we made it and we actually are champions, it feels great.”

Tonawanda now moves on to play B-2 champion Wilson in the overall Class B title game that will be played at Buff. State Wednesday at 5 p.m.

“I don't know if it's really set in yet,” said Lady Warriors coach Jay Hall. “I think when they get home and all of a sudden the phone starts ringing from everybody congratulating them, I think it'll finally set in.”

Bennett jumped out to an early 5-0 lead as both teams struggled with big game jitters and playing on a bigger court. Once the Warriors acclimated themselves to their surroundings they were able to set the tone of the game. Kalyn Compeau (19 points) opened the scoring for THS and Herne's 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 9-7 lead at the end of the first.

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