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S-GI girls and boys modified basketball teams fall to strong Holland rival squads

WHAT’S THE PLAY? — Jarod Reese looks for an open teammate to pass to, during the S-GI modified game on Jan. 30. Photos by Katie Kostelny.

SPRINGVILLE — On Jan. 30, Springville-Griffith Institute modified squads had two match-ups against Holland. In the first quarter, both teams played hard defensively, but Holland was able to get through and put up 9 points. With about 3 minutes left in the opening quarter, Coach John Chaddock called a timeout and gave the Griffins a new game plan. After the timeout, the Griffins came up with a steal that resulted in Tyler Kostelny scoring 2 points.

The Griffins entered the second quarter down 9-2, but scored the first points. Devin Bruno grabbed a rebound and passed the ball to Adam Ditchey, who put the shot away, for another 2 points. Holland answered back with a couple baskets of their own, until 2 minutes, 15 seconds left in the half, when Pruitt drew a foul and went 1 for 2 on foul shots. The last 10 seconds of the half were all Holland on the offensive, but the Springville players stood their ground and ran the clock out, down 19-6, at the half.

About a minute into the third quarter, Kostelny came up with a block and tried to give his team some drive. Bruno drove to the net, drew a foul and went 1-for-2 on foul shots. Springville followed with defense, but Holland found a way to penetrate and score with 5:30 left in the third. Springville came back with a series of passes, but couldn’t find the way to the basket. With about 4 minutes left, Jarod Reese put up a jump shot for 2. A minute later, Bruno stole the ball from Holland in the defensive end, went coast-to-coast and scored. Bruno continued his play by chasing down a Holland player, breaking away down the court and coming up with a block. Despite their defense, the Griffs were still down 35-11, going into the fourth quarter. Holland dominated on offense, in the last quarter, but the final 2 minutes were all Springville. Ditchey was able to shoot and score, with seconds remaining. The final score was 48-16 Holland.

UP IN THE AIR — Springville and Holland tip off, to start the

The girls followed, going up against an early dominating Holland defense. With about 3 minutes left in the first quarter, Ryan Stedman opened up scoring for Springville. It wasn’t much longer until MacKenzie Engel was able to get 2 more for the Griffs, after a battle for the ball. Despite their final efforts, Springville went into the second quarter down 11-4.

Holland started out on the offensive, but Springville’s Leah Frank came up with a steal. With about 5 minutes left, Frank grabbed a rebound and passed to Stedman, who put the ball away for another 2. The first half consisted of Holland tying up the ball and gaining a lot of possession. With 2:15 left in the half, Frank banked the ball off the backboard, putting up 2 more points for Springville.

With the girls down by 5, coach Karen Reynolds called a timeout, with 1:30 remaining in the first half. Holland answered with 2 points at about 1:15 and scored again with less than 15 seconds on the clock. After Holland’s offense, in the last minutes of the half, Springville was down 17-8.

Upon entering the third, Holland opened up scoring with back-to-back 2s. Springville was unable to get by Holland’s stonewall defense. With 4 minutes left in the third, Holland made a number of passes, which resulted in another score. A couple of minutes later, Holland powered by and added 2 more to the board.

Springville’s last effort saw Grace Zabawa fight through defenders, but she could not get a shot off. With less than 30 seconds remaining, Stedman threw the ball from near the 3-point line and scored Springville’s only points for that quarter.

The Griffins went into the fourth and final quarter down 29-10. With about 5 minutes left, Frank drew a foul and tried to swing the momentum in Springville’s direction, but Holland stormed back and scored. At 2:40 remaining, Springville forced the ball away from the Holland offense and passed the ball to Stedman, as she went on a breakaway and scored on a layup. In the remaining 30 seconds, Ronelle Tadt was able to score for Springville.

The final score was 37-14, Holland.

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