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Springville-GI girls modified basketball team conquers Lake Shore

GOT IT DONE — The S-GI modified girls walk off the court, following their win against Lake Shore. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified basketball team took on the Lake Shore Eagles on Jan. 3, bringing home a victory 20 – 13.

Leading the way for the Griffins was Carrie Dickinson, who racked up 9 points. Dickinson, the only returning member of last year’s team, is the girls’ leading scorer, so far.

REFUSE TO LOSE — Carrie Dickinson dribbles down the court in a game against Lake Shore on Jan. 3.
“Carrie is our only veteran player this year,” said Coach Karen Reynolds. “She is the lead scorer, overall, and a strong component to our team [offensively and defensively]. She is the team’s point guard and gets the girls moving, offensively. She leads the team in steals, as well.” Dickinson has 24 points for the Lady Griffs.

Reynolds also recognized eighth grader Lexi Sopko as a “key player” for Springville, this season. This year is Sopko’s first, playing this sport.

“Lexi is new to the sport, but brings a lot of aggressiveness and athleticism,” Reynolds said. “She leads us in rebounds, which is a major factor on both offense and defense. She is quick and is very eager to get the ball. She brings a lot of determination to the team.”

With only one returning modified girl on the team, Sydney Rosati, Ryan Stedman and Leah Frank moved up from the boys and girls program.

“They bring experience playing and intensity,” Reynolds said. “They are all improving, every game. Rosati is the team’s off guard and fills in for Dickinson at point, when needed. Rosati looks to be developing very nicely and will be the team’s main point guard next year.

“McKenzie Engel, also a seventh grader, brings a lot of height and focus to our team,” she said. “She is always practicing what I tell her to practice and is very coachable. Each game she is coming out of her shell and developing into a basketball player.”

Other eighth graders, Faith Jablonski and Madison Pazzuti, are new to the team and are contributing for the Lady Griffins.

Reynolds said that this season has proven to be an easy transition, for the girls. “These girls are eighth graders that have picked up the game quite easily,” she said. “Defensively, they get it. They know how to help and deny and are strong defensive wings. Pazzuti plays just about all my positions, when I need her. She is tough in the paint and quick on the wing. It is nice to have a player like this, on the team.”

The team hosted Pioneer on Monday Jan. 7, losing 13 – 10. Frank led the team, with 4 points. Dickinson, Ryan Stedman and Mackenzie Engel each had 2 points.

“We played a fabulous defensive game,” Reynolds said. “We just have to work on finishing shots on the offensive end. Each game, these young ladies continue to improve and build their fundamentals.”

The girls are scheduled to visit Eden on Jan. 14.

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