Believing in what they call Tonawanda basketball, the Warriors defeated Bennett, 62-31, to win the Section VI Class B-1 title on Sunday at Buffalo State.
The sectional title is the first for any girls team in Tonawanda’s history, according to coach Jay Hall.
The Warriors (16-4) will play Wilson (19-2) for the overall Class B title on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Buffalo State. Wilson advanced with a 46-20 win over Akron.
Tonawanda has been carried all season by its senior captains Kaylyn Compeau (19 points), Alanna Herne (18) and Savanna Baughman (12).
“Once we started hitting, there was no stopping us,” said Hall. “We had the lead, but we weren’t playing what we call Tonawanda basketball – guts, hustle, determination. When we started to do that – they were diving on the ground in the second half, that’s our kind of game, hustle and scrappy.”
Tonawanda led, 9-7, after the first quarter and 24-16 at halftime. It broke the game open with a 22-point third quarter.
Bennett (10-12) was led by 6-foot-1 junior Danyae Barclay with 16 points.
“We came out flat, and we didn’t play as a team,” said Bennett coach Debra Stanczyk.
Meanwhile, Wilson trailed only once at 8-7 before going on to beat league rival Akron in the Class B-2 final. The title was Wilson’s fourth in the last five years.
The game was tied, 8-8, after the first quarter. Wilson outscored Akron (11-10), 15-4, in the second quarter and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way. It was the Lakewomen’s third win this season over the Tigers.
“I thought we played real tough tonight, we struggled a little but I thought overall our rebounding was good and defensively we’re going to stay in games,” said Wilson coach Brian Baker.
Wilson, undefeated champion of the Niagara-Orleans League, was led in scoring by its captains Allie Bubar and Emily Lasher, who each threw in 18. Akron’s Maggie Kowalik had seven points.
Wilson and Tonawanda have not met this season, but they did scrimmage.
“They have two very good guards and their forwards are very athletic,” said Baker. “And they’ve got some knock-down shooters. We’ll have to prepare very well the next couple days.”