Tonawanda News — "My hat goes off to Toni Polk," said Licata. "There were passes that were on the way that she just was able athletically to do things that I don't see most girls around here do."
"She wouldn't let us lose," said Esposito. "Another player that stepped up, Ijon'Ana Laster, had a couple of big shots. Bianca (Brown) had the big three in the second overtime."
After Niagara Falls jumped out to a 9-3 lead midway through the first quarter, Ken West caught up with a basket followed by two consecutive 3-pointers from Grace Ferguson. At the end of the first, the Wolverines led 14-11. Ken West kept pace and outscored its guests 14-13 in the second quarter to head into halftime trailing by just two points.
After both teams could produce only seven points in the third quarter, the stage was set for some exciting back-and-forth scoring and late drama. After Ken West scored from 3-point range with just over two minutes remaining, Pryor drove right to the basket to try and preserve her team's lead. However, she was called on an offensive charge, her fifth foul of the game, sending her to the bench and setting up Samantha Britton to score the game-tying basket for the Blue Devils.
After both sides scored just six points in the first overtime, Niagara Falls opened the second overtime with Brown's 3-pointer. When the Blue Devils trailed by just one with 58.8 seconds left, Proy fouled out of the game. While Ken West's top scorer was no longer available, Licata felt he still had options, including Britton, who finished the game with 12 points.
"That was a blow but we still felt that we could use Sam," he said.
Next up for Niagara Falls' girls hoops team is a shot at its first NFL title since 1991.