Tonawanda News — Having already faced and defeated the unknown, the Warriors were able to keep their composure and remain focused after Wilson took the lead.
“We’ve been doing that all year,” said coach Hall. “We’ve been down in games before and this team doesn’t want it to end.”
Harrison’s second 3-pointer put Tonawanda up 30-29 with 4:50 to play in regulation. Led by Emily Lasher (15 points) and Kaylee Stoelting (14) the Lakewomen showed they weren’t going to fold, as Stoelting’s bucket with 12.5 seconds left forced the extra frame.
But, as Compeau said after Tuesday’s practice, she and her teammates weren’t ready to go home just yet. Herne opened the OT with a basket then, with a minute to go, made the biggest steal of the game and dished the ball off to Compeau whose layup gave Tonawanda the 42-38 lead.
Lasher was 2 of 2 from line, before Herne sealed the deal with the game-clinching free throw with 7.4 to go. The buzzer went and the Lady Warriors flooded the floor in a celebration arguably the biggest win to Tonawanda basketball history.
“Now that we’ve come this far our confidence is boosted that much more now,” said Compeau. “We know the next team is going to be tough, but we’re going to just keep working harder each time.”