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Springville-GI girls JV basketball team improves

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity girls basketball team defeated Cheektowaga on Jan. 18 by a score of 36 – 24.

The Lady Griffs used their team defense to hold Cheektowaga to 24 points and earn their ninth victory of the season, in the process.

S-GI allowed 2 points, during the second quarter, and 4 points, during the third.

Coach Robert Gainey said that he was impressed by the way his team played, defensively. “The defensive effort from the girls in this game was truly a dominant one,” he said. “To give up just 6 points in two quarters, combined, is a remarkable feat. Carly Lamos stepped up and took on the challenge of defending their top scorer. She contested every post pass and battled hard for position on the block, all night long. Meg Hanrahan was all over the floor, constantly forcing turnovers and battling for loose balls, with her hustle.”

The Lady Griffs have allowed one opponent to reach more than 30 points, during any game, this season. That occasion came on Jan. 8, during their only loss of the season, against East Aurora. S-GI has, so far, held its opponents to an average of 22.7 points, per game, throughout its 10 games of the season.

Brittany Luther and Jenna Schunke led the Lady Griffs in scoring, with 9 points each. Sara Kwiatkowski scored 7 points, in the victory.

Gainey said that he liked the total team effort that was put forth by the girls, against Cheektowaga. “Brittany Luther and Jenna Schunke led the way for us offensively, but it was a complete team victory, with everybody contributing, in some way,” he said. “It was a big win for us and we’ll try to keep our winning ways going, as the season moves along.”

The Springville-GI girls junior varsity team’s record now sits at 9 – 1 on the season.

The girls traveled to take on Lake Shore on Jan. 22.
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