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March 28, 2014

Tonawanda's Herne is the 2013-14 News girls basketball Player of the Year

Tonawanda's Alanna Herne is the 2013-14 News girls basketball Player of the Year

Tonawanda News — Alanna Herne is one of a kind. 

That extraordinarily rare breed who excels in every sport she plays. Soccer, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, softball — you name it she can do it.

And she does it better than most.

Which is why Alanna Herne of Tonawanda High School is the 2013-14 News Player of the Year for girls basketball.

The point guard for the Lady Warriors, who went 17-6 this season (.736 winning %), Herne was the catalyst for Tonawanda, helping it claim its first ever sectional titles, winning the Section VI Class B1 and B overall crowns, and making its first trip to the Far West Regionals.

But while being part of a team that made school history was something Herne takes pride in, she said the simple day to day moments with her teammates are what really made this season memorable.

“I wouldn’t want to spend it any other way than with my team,” said Herne, who was also the News 2013 soccer Player of the Year. “They really had my back through everything. So we helped each other get (to Regionals).”

Herne did her talking on the floor but she also knew when, and how, to do it in the locker room.

Down 28-21 to Buffalo Arts at halftime in the Class B-1 semifinal game that was played at Sweet Home High School, it was Herne who stood up at in the locker room and gave the speech that rallied the troops and saved the season.

“That Buffalo Arts game, (we) coaches said about two things then let her do the rest,” said Lady Warriors coach Jay Hall. “That’s just the way she is. She takes charge and she’s a great leader.”

Herne brings the intangibles that can’t be measured on a stat sheet. She knows what to say to get the most out of those around her and has a way of making every girl believe that nothing and no one can stop them when they work as one.

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