DRILL IT IN — Emma Beckerich goes up for a shot against St. Mary’s, during a recent game. Photos by Katie Kostelny.
SPRINGVILLE — On Feb. 4, the Springville-Griffith Institute Griffins junior varsity girls hosted the East Aurora Blue Devils. Springville opened up scoring early and dominated the entire first half. After two minutes of no scoring, Kalee Schreiber drew a foul and went 1-for-2 on foul shots. Immediately after, Springville was able to disrupt the East Aurora offense and get the ball to Riley Stedman, who also scored.
With 3 minutes, 11 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, Brittney Luther stole a pass and drove down the court for a layup, which put Springville in a lead of 7-2. After a timeout, Stedman sunk a shot from near the 3-point line. At 1:45 remaining, Emma Beckerich passed the ball in to Stedman, for another score. To cap off the quarter, Springville made a series of passes that ended with Luther, who scored 2. Springville led East Aurora 13-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Schreiber kicked off the second quarter, with a shot from the top of the key. Luther stole the ball again and tried to drive to the net, drawing a foul in the process. Luther went 2-for-2 on foul shots and put Springville up 17-2, with about 4:30 remaining in the half. Beckerich followed up with a pass to Stedman, who shot from far out and scored. With about 4 minutes remaining, East Aurora was able to score. The Devils followed that play by drawing a foul and getting another point. Nearly a minute later, Jen Kessler made her way around the defense and put away a layup. With less than 20 seconds remaining in the half, the ball found Sam Reese, who banked it in, giving Springville a lead of 23-7 at the half.
East Aurora scored first, in the second half. After no scoring from Springville for 4 minutes, the Griffins went on an offensive rush that resulted in a basket from Reese. East Aurora was able to answer back, going on a rush of their own. The Blue Devils drew a foul and went 2-for-2. Next, the Devils gained possession of the ball again and scored on a bank shot, narrowing the gap to 25-17, Springville.
With less than a minute remaining in the third, Beckerich made a pass to Lexi Sopko, who drilled a 2. The score was 27-17, at the end of the third. Springville put the first points up in the fourth quarter, when Kessler scored on a layup.
The Griffins followed up on the next play with a few rebounds, before Schreiber found the ball and scored, putting Springville up 31-17. With just under 6 minutes remaining, Luther banked a shot in. East Aurora tried to battle back, but Springville landed Stedman with the ball. She drilled a shot and gave the Griffins a lead of 37-21. The final score was 38-25, Springville.
The girls played their last game of the season on Feb. 11, against the Mount St. Mary’s Lancers. Luther opened scoring with 2 back-to-back baskets, to give Springville an early lead. St. Mary’s was able to get points on the board, after driving through Springville’s defense. With about 6 minutes on the clock, Beckerich made a pass to Luther, who scored another 2. The Griffins followed up by taking over, when St. Mary’s was unable to convert. Luther found room and banked the ball in, to put Springville up 8-2.
The girls followed with a number of passes that found Kessler, who shot and scored, to expand Springville’s lead.
With 1:15 left in the opening quarter, St. Mary’s was able to score. On the following play, Sopko drew a foul and went 1-for-2. In the final 30 seconds, Stedman drilled a 2. The score was 15-6, Springville, at the end of the first.
About a minute and a half into the second quarter, Stedman scored from near the 3-point line. With 5:10 remaining, Maddy Pazzuti received a pass and banked it in, to put Springville up 19-6. About a minute later, St. Mary’s broke their silence and scored 2 points on foul shots. The score was 22-12 Springville, at the half.
Springville scored first in the second half, with Luther scoring, once again. With 6:40 left in the third, Kessler drove through the defense and went up for a layup. Kessler struck again, about a minute and a half later, to put Springville up 28-14. Late in the quarter, St. Mary’s tried to get going, but Springville came up with possession and Stedman found room to bank in a shot. In the final minute, Luther continued her streak, by scoring on a layup.
The girls entered the final quarter of the season up 36-18. After numerous shot attempts, Pazzuti was able to drill another 2. At 5:53, Sopko was fouled and went 2-for-2.
With about four and a half minutes left, the Griffins stole the ball and Beckerich made a break for it down the court and scored, to give Springville a 42-22 lead. St. Mary’s was able to drill a 3, but on the next possession, Luther found her way to the net to score.
In the final minutes, Kessler scored on a bank shot and St. Mary’s followed by scoring 4 points in a matter of about 40 seconds. Stedman, Pazzuti, Faith Jablonski, Gabby Pfeifer and Sara Zimmer passed the ball, to run the clock out. The final score was 46-29, Springville.
The JV girls finished their season in first place in Erie County Interscholastic Conference III and have an overall record of 15-3.