Tonawanda News — The Tonawanda girls basketball team hadn’t played in over two weeks when it took the court against JFK on Monday night.
It must have been a restful break, because Tonawanda looked energized for 32 minutes, jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead, and cruised to a 60-32 win in the squad’s home opener at George H. Miller gym.
Warriors (2-1, 1-0 ECIC IV) coach Jay Hall said he liked the way his team started the game.
”We did what we wanted to do at the beginning — we came out, we pressured them, we ran the court, and we had some great fast breaks,” he said. “That’s what we’ve been working on. Last year we were a set-it-up, tall team and this year we just have to run and press. The first group executed beautifully. We got into a little foul trouble, which I didn’t like, but for the most part they did our game plan and we followed it well.”
Joanna McCarthy had success on both ends of the floor for the Warriors, finishing with a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Her presence on the defensive end really took JFK out of its game plan early on, giving opposing bigs no room to operate in the painted area.
Hall said that his senior center is “amazing.”
“She (got her numbers) and sat out the whole fourth quarter,” he said. “She’s the heart and soul. If she scores for us like she can it’s going to be hard — with our guards if she can score underneath — it’s going to be tough for teams to stop both.”
Junior guard Alanna Herne was also impressive in the win for Tonawanda. She scored 11 points and finished with seven assists, controlling the ball and dictating the pace of the game every minute she was on the floor.