PROTECT THAT BALL — Springville-Griffith Institute’s Alena Woodarek protects the ball against Maryvale’s Ciara Rosten, during the game. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — Maryvale’s Ciara Rosten checks in as a 6-foot, 2-inch center, heading off to attend the University of Massachusetts on a full scholarship, next fall. Her performance against Springville on Dec. 20 may have explained why. Rosten finished with 26 points, 22 rebounds and five blocks, to lead Maryvale to a 46-38 win against the Springville-Griffith Institute ladies. Springville tried to limit the Division 1-bound Rosten, but it wasn’t enough.
“The game does revolve around her,” said Mathewson. “We wanted to deal with her and we wanted to be there when she drove and we wanted to put two people on her, when there was a dead ball or situations like that. But we didn’t want to pull people away and leave one of her teammates open, to have them have a 20-point game.”
Springville had the game within reach throughout, never trailing more than 9 points. The Lady Griffs trailed 32-31, late in the third quarter, before Rosten scored 8 points, during a 12-4 Maryvale run, that gave the Flyers their largest lead of the night, at 44-35. Despite Rosten’s game, Mathewson said he felt like his team had their chances.
“I thought there were opportunities to score; there were opportunities to convert and we didn’t,” he explained.
“Our girls like to compete against Rosten; they like to beat her, but I think we lost our focus on some things. We didn’t shoot the ball well, at all. We started rushing things and we weren’t relaxed. We drove into trouble sometimes, but for the most part, the jump shots we had – I was happy with; we just didn’t knock them down.”
Springville got a boost, with Tia Woodarek returning to the lineup. Woodarek was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, but has been sidelined this season, while recovering from an injury. Woodarek scored 9 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds, in her season debut.
“If you know Tia, you know she’s going to assert herself offensively and defensively,” said Mathewson. “She was a little rusty and she doesn’t quite know all of the plays solidly yet, but defensively, and in terms of competitiveness, it was great to have her back.”
Springville was missing starting guard Erin Kwiatkowski, as well as forward Sarah Bryne, from the lineup. Alena Woodarek led Springville in scoring, with 13 points. Heaven Rollek added 12 points and three steals, in the loss.
Springville entered winter break with a 1-3 record and looked to get back on track in the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament.
Springville played West Seneca East on Dec. 27 at 3 p.m.