POISED AND READY — The Springville-Griffith varsity girls box out on a free throw. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team saw its four-game winning streak come to an end on Jan. 4, when it was defeated 41 – 29 by Maryvale.
The Lady Griffs were held to a season-low 29 points, during the game.
Coach Chris Mathewson said that his team struggled offensively, for most of the night. “We’ve been averaging about 16 – 18 field goals, per game, and only converted 10 in this game,” he said. “We had good looks at the basket, [but] we just didn’t convert as many as we needed to, in order to win the game.”
Both teams’ offenses started off slowly; the score was 7 – 4, Maryvale, at the end of the first quarter. S-GI played its best quarter of the game, during the second quarter, outscoring Maryvale 13 – 9.
The second quarter gave the Lady Griffs a 17 – 16 lead, going into halftime.
Despite the lead at the half, Mathewson said that he felt his team could have been up by more. “Although we were only up 1 at the half, we probably had good enough looks to be up, even more,” he said. “If everybody makes one more shot, we’re right where we need to be, offensively.”
During the second half, S-GI was outscored 25 – 12 by Maryvale.
The Lady Griffs could not contain Maryvale’s 6-foot, 1-inch junior center, Ciara Rosten. The former St. Mary’s of Lancaster product had a game-high 25 points, for Maryvale.
Despite Rosten’s night, Mathewson said he still liked his team’s defensive performance.
“In spite of the score and Rosten having 25, I still think our defensive effort was good enough to win the game,” he said.“We were able to hold their second-leading scorer to just 6 points and, overall, we held them 6 points below their team average so far, this season. The issues in the second half had to do with defensive rebounding and that is where Rosten got a lot of her points from offensive rebounds and put backs.”
Springville’s Tia Woodarek led the team in scoring, with 10 points. Also scoring for S-GI were Heaven Rollek, with 8 points; Alena Woodarek, with 5 and Taine Dallas, with 4. Sarah Byrne and Katelyn Darling each chipped in, with 1 point each.
The loss was the first for the Lady Griffs, since Dec. 14, when they were defeated by Cheektowaga.
Mathewson said that he believes his girls basketball team will respond well, following the recent loss. “If we continue to compete on the defensive side of the ball and battle for rebounds, then we will be in most games,” he said.
“The girls have a strong, competitive nature. I’m sure they will continue to bring the energy and effort that is needed.”
S-GI took on East Aurora on Jan. 8 and Amherst on Jan. 10.