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Springville-GI girls junior varsity basketball team rebounds after first loss

NEVER QUIT — Springville-GI athlete Carly Lamos stretches for a loose ball, during a game S-GI played against Depew. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute Lady Griffins stormed out to a 7 – 0 start to the season.

The girls suffered their only loss of the year, so far, to the East Aurora Blue Devils, on Jan. 8. According to Coach Bob Gainey, the Lady Griffins started slowly, trailing 6 – 0 at the beginning of the game.

Springville entered halftime, trailing by 9 points, to East Aurora. The visiting Blue Devils increased their lead to as many as 20 points, at various points, in the game.

CAN SHE DO IT? — Springville’s Jenna Schunke goes up for a layup in an earlier game against West Valley.
Gainey said that “great hustles” made by Riley Stedman, Meg Hanrahan, Jenna Schunke, Jenn Kessler and Sam Reese helped Springville battle back, to cut the deficit to 9 points. But the Griffins could not fight all the way back and suffered the 44 – 33 loss.

The girls looked to rebound after their lone loss of the season, as they took on the Amherst Tigers on Jan. 10. A jumper by Julia Krezmien gave the Lady Griffins their biggest lead of the game at 31 – 9, with 5:15 remaining, in the third quarter.

Gainey said that he was impressed by his team’s overall defense. “The girls, once again, showed off their terrific defensive pressure, by allowing only 12 points, through three quarters,” he said.

Amherst went on a 18 – 5 run, to cut Springville’s lead to 36 – 27, midway into the fourth quarter.

“I think one of the major reasons Amherst got back into the game was due to the fact we switched from full court man to half court 2 – 3 zone defense,” Gainey said, regarding Amherst’s run. “We didn’t do a very good job of matching up out of the zone and contesting their 3-point shooters.”

Lady Griff freshman point guard Brittany Luther made two free throws, to bring the score to 38 – 27. An offensive rebound put back by Carly Lamos closed the game for the Lady Griffins, as they defeated Amherst 40 – 28.

Luther scored a season-high 19 points in the win, including going 6 for 6, from the foul line. Krezmien added 7 points to the victory. The game included nine Lady Griffs’ getting on the scoring sheet. The team shot a season-best 77 percent from the foul line, going 10 for the 13, from the charity stripe.

Gainey said that he was happy with the way the girls played, after the East Aurora defeat. “The fact that we came out and played three excellent quarters, after that tough loss, shows the type of character this team has,” he said. “They were extremely upset with how things turned out, against EA, but they found a way to respond emphatically, with an excellent effort to get the win [against Amherst].”

The Lady Griffins also took on Cheektowaga on Jan. 18.

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