SHE SHOOTS — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity girls look to grab a rebound against East Aurora on Feb. 5. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls junior varsity basketball team took on East Aurora on Feb. 5. The only team that had previously gotten in the way of the Lady Griffins’ perfect season was East Aurora, on Jan. 8. The Blue Devils had Springville’s number again, and the Lady Griffins fell to East Aurora 35 – 23.
Springville trailed 13 – 6, midway through the second quarter, forcing Coach Bob Gainey to call a timeout.
Springville scored 5 straight points, including a Julia Krzemien drive, off a steal, to make the score 11 – 16.
The Lady Griffins went into the halftime break, down 18 – 12. Springville went scoreless, during the third quarter, but ended the drought, thanks to a Riley Stedman jumper, with 3:12 left, in the fourth.
Krzemien drove into the lane and dished the ball to Wiede, for a basket, but it was not enough, and East Aurora took the game.
“I thought we had some decent looks at the basket last night [against East Aurora], Gainey said.
“We really struggled, bringing the ball up the floor, and that led to us not getting into our sets. I thought we took good shots last night and I’m pretty sure East Aurora blocked at least 10 shots. We needed to ball fake, relocate and find a better shot.”
Springville held East Aurora to 35 points, improving from allowing 44 points, during the Lady Griffins’ first meeting against East Aurora.
CAN’T GET BY ME — Springville JV basketball player Carly Lamos defends a East Aurora player on an inbound play.
The game included holding East Aurora scoreless for 5 minutes, during the third quarter. “We really pride ourselves in our defense,” Gainey said. “The majority of our breakdowns occurred on inbounds plays, where we gave up 9 points, alone. Other than that, the kids communicate really well on ball screens and cutters’ going through the lane."
WHO’S OPEN? — Springville’s Brittney Luther dribbles up the court, against East Aurora on Feb. 5.
Leading the Lady Griffins in scoring were Krzemien and Brittney Luther, with 5 points each. Sara Kwiatkowski chipped in with 4.
The Lady Griffins traveled to Amherst on Feb. 8.