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S-GI varsity girls lose first basketball game to Pioneer

GET IT, GIRLS — Alena Woodarek, No. 4 and Sarah Byrne, No. 15, both S-GI players, took the court against Pioneer Central School on Dec. 7. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team opened its season on Friday, Dec. 7, against Pioneer Central School, and was defeated by a score of 39 – 32.

S-GI trailed 12 – 11, after the first quarter, and Coach Chris Mathewson said that he was impressed by the way his team came out. “We talked about getting off to a fast start and [I] credit the girls; their focus was good, early on, in the game.”

S-GI was outscored 16 – 10 in the second quarter and trailed at halftime by a score of 28 – 21. Mathewson said he thought the second quarter was where the game started to turn. “There were key moments, in the second quarter, where we had undisciplined fouls that put some of our key players in foul trouble,” he said.

The Lady Griffs trailed Pioneer 34 – 22, going into the fourth quarter of the game. S-GI cut the 12-point deficit down to 7, but could not get the lead. Mathewson said he knew that his team still has work to do, in order to improve.

“There is no question that we had a horrible shooting night, and the girls know that won’t happen every time out. In saying that, we also recognize that it’s an area we have to keep as a focus of our practice. We also have to keep our focus and intensity on the defensive side of the ball. Holding opponents under 40 points is a nice accomplishment, and one that, if we repeat often, will likely result in victories.”

Alena Woodarek led the team in scoring, with 9 points, while Heaven Rollek scored 7. Tia Woodarek and Erin Kwiatkowski each scored 5 points. Sophomore Sarah Byrne, who was starting in her first varsity game, scored 2 points while recording 13 rebounds.

Despite the loss, Mathewson said he knows his team will rebound and have plenty of chances to be successful, during the season. “There’s no question Pioneer deserved to win, in the end; they made more plays than we did,” he said. “We know we missed an opportunity to start the year off with a win, against a perennial top league opponent. This year, our league is wide open, as far as who is going to rise to the top and we’ll have more opportunities to be successful, down the road. We will continue to work hard, during practice, and we will figure out what kind of team we have, as the season goes on.”

The Lady Griffins will host a home game against Cheektowaga Central School on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
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