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February 6, 2013

O'Hara beats Sacred Heart, first time in 22 years

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Tonawanda News — "In the first quarter I came out hot and then I kind of slowed down and tried to get some of my teammates involved. But when I saw the score was getting closer I knew I had to step up for my team and come up big," she said. "I knew that somebody was going to have to score. I was playing defense as best as I could and I got the steal, made the 'And-1,' and hit my free throws."

McDermott said that Edwards' offensive game has flourished this season. It's helped her become a leader and now she sets the tone for her team.

"I just can't say enough about Keyonte and the way she has come on," he said. "It's been every game and a constant right from the start of the season. She's become a complete player."

Leah McDonell (Tonawanda), the school's all-time leading scorer, returned against the Sharks after sitting out last game against Christian Central Academy with concussion-like symptoms. She was cleared to play and McDermott said O'Hara is now the healthiest it has been all season.

After picking up two early fouls, McDonell missed most of the second quarter, but she returned in the third and left her imprint on the game in the second half. She finished with only eight points and four steals, but her hustle and defensive pressure frustrated Sacred Heart ball handlers and forced them to make extra passes.

DiPasquale and Kelsey McCarthy really controlled the boards on both ends of the floor. DiPasquale scored eight points and had nine rebounds, while McCarthy finished with 13 points and eight boards. 

McDermott had two objectives for his team heading into the game: Win the battle of the boards and stop Sacred Heart from getting out in transition.

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