Fueled by last year’s sectional championship, Tonawanda finds ways to keep winning. The Warriors trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half, but came back to earn a 53-49 victory over Albion in the Section VI Class B-1 semifinals.
Dahnea Harrison hit a key three-pointer late in the third quarter and then another three in the fourth to help spur the win.
She finished with 11 points while Haley Slater had 18 points, including five three-pointers, with 13 rebounds and five steals. Haley Schoelerman added 11 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots.
“This team is dead set on repeating what last year’s team did,” said Tonawanda coach Jay Hall. The Warriors returned five players from last year’s squad that lost in the Far West Regional.
“Midway through the third quarter we turned it up a notch,” Hall said. “Defensively we play almost strictly zone. In the first half we weren’t doing well on rotations. In the second half we picked it up and shut them off inside.”
Tonawanda (13-8) will meet East Aurora in the B-1 championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at Buffalo State.
Emma Brinker scored 19 points with 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots as East Aurora defeated Eden, 72-46. Erin Mason netted 19 with seven steals while Julianna Meisenheimer scored 17, with four three-pointers, as the Blue Devils improved to 19-2.
In the Class C-2 semifinals, meanwhile, aggressive play on both ends of the floor helped Holland hold off Franklinville for a 65-46 win.
Olivia Schmidt led the Dutchmen with 24 points while adding seven assists. Alicia Massara had 18 points, including six three-pointers. Cassidy Slocum had 11 points and 16 rebounds while Julia Grupp pulled in 13 rebounds.
“Franklinville is a deadly three-point shooting team and we made them earn everything and our post players rebounded like crazy,” Holland coach Dan Barker said. “Our scouting team did a good job of executing in practice.
“We had multiple scorers as the game went on and we were more aggressive going to the rim. We reversed the ball well and our post players are playing as well as they have in years.”
The 16-5 Dutchmen will meet Randolph in the Class C-2 championship at 8 p.m. Saturday at Jamestown Community College.
Randolph got another top performance from Mckenna Maycock as it rolled to an 80-28 win over Olmsted in the Section VI Class C-2 semifinals.
Maycock scored 33 points with seven rebounds, eight steals and four assists to pace the Cardinals (20-2). Peyton Terrette added 16 points and 10 rebounds while Haley Hettenbaugh had 12 points and MacKenzie Marsh 10.
“With this team, I’m glad we’re at the playoffs now,” Randolph coach Shawn Huntington said.
“I don’t have to get them fired up. They know they have to play hard or go home and they don’t want to go home.”