Jalee Hood scored a big bucket after a timeout with 1:16 left, and Roff limited the Lady Wolves to just a single free throw by Mowdy the rest of the way.
Roff missed 10 fourth-quarter free throws that could have made things a bit more comfortable for the Lady Tigers down the stretch.
“The game got a lot more physical. We missed some easy finishes on the end of some transition buckets and then missed our free throws,” coach Crawford said of Vanoss' near comeback. “If we hit free throws, it’s still a 20-25-point game. But when you don’t, it gets close.”
The game was tied at 8 all with 4:47 left in the second quarter, but Vanoss went into a mini-drought and Roff scored six unanswered points — including four by Lauren Trimmer — to take a 14-8 halftime lead. Trimmer would score a game-high 19 points and hit 10-of-11 free throws in the game.
Breecia Crawford would finish her big night with 13 points and a whopping 17 rebounds.
Coach Crawford, like Strong, was excited about a matchup of the two surprise teams in the finals.
“It’s always nice to be in the championship game. I thought we probably should have been in 2 seed overall coming in to the tournament anyway,” he said. “Allen’s a good ball club.”