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December 28, 2012

Tonawanda prevails in T-NT showdown

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Tonawanda News — Tonawanda’s Ashley Kowalcyk was a terror on defense and hauled in nine rebounds on the night. The Lady Jacks showed flashes of the promise they have and, at times, looked as if they might swipe the game away from the host team.

Gretchen Ringler (eight points) hit a pair of 3’s in the first quarter to make the score 10-10, and added a bucket in the third to cut Tonawanda’s lead to 22-19. But that was as close as the Lady Jacks would come as the Warriors pulled away in the fourth.

Falling to 1-5 overall, the greater sting for NT wasn’t so much another loss, but the frustration of an effort that simply was nowhere near acceptable.

”One of the things we’ve been talking about all year long is we’re not so much concerned with what the score says. Yes, we pay attention to the score, we want to win. But this is probably the third or fourth game this year where the quality in which we play as individuals and as a group, was not indicative of who we are,” said NT coach Luke Vogel.

Vogel said there were too many possessions where all five girls on the floor just aren’t on the same page. Work ethic has been an issue for the Lady Jacks all season and it’s hampered the team from competing.

“We don’t have girls willing to work as hard as they can,” Vogel said. “We have possessions where we look like we can score against anybody and any defense and then we have possessions where the defense plays it a little differently and we freeze.”

The win lifts the Warriors into the title game against Amherst in a rematch of last year’s championship game tonight at 7 p.m. Amherst topped Buffalo-East, 53-15 in the other opening round game. 

Falling to Amherst in overtime last year, the Warriors are focused on gaining a measure of revenge.

”A new game, a new year and we’re definitely looking for the win this time,” McCarthy said.

NT will play East in the third place game at 5 p.m. Tonawanda took the JV T-NT game, 36-15.

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