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Springville-GI JV girls basketball team finishes the season

NOTHING BUT NET — Springville-GI basketball player Meg Hanrahan drives for a layup against Maryvale. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — On Valentine’s Day, the Springville-Griffith Institute girls junior varsity basketball team dominated Maryvale 71 – 12.

Springville’s dominant campaign included a 15 – 3 record. The Lady Griffs have lost two league games.

During the first Maryvale quarter, the Lady Griffins came out in a full court press.

Springville’s Brittney Luther stole a pass and took it for a layup, to make the score 10 – 2. Luther’s basket ignited a 21 – 2 run with forward Jess Wiede and Kristen Baker, hitting the offensive glass for four offensive rebounds, which resulted in 8 points.

Sarah Kwiatkowski stole the ball and took it, coast to coast, for a layup, with 2:30 remaining in the first half. Her moves brought the score to 36 – 8.

After the halftime break, the Griffins allowed Maryvale 3 points, during the second, and held the Flyers scoreless, during the fourth quarter.

Springville had also allowed 12 points, during the team’s previous meeting with Maryvale. The Lady Griffs’ 71 points shattered their previous season-high 48 points, which were made, during a game against Lake Shore.

“This was, by far, our best performance, offensively on the season,” said Coach Bob Gainey. “I think the girls really took to heart how important it was for us to come out, focused and prepared for our last regular season game.

“We talked, prior to the game, how there is no tomorrow and that whatever we do tonight we can’t have regrets of how much effort we gave,” he added.“The kids put themselves in great positions to score the ball. We made the extra pass and found open shooters and cutters, throughout the night.”

Leading the Lady Griffins in scoring was Luther, with a total of 13 points.

Springville athletes Meg Hanrahan and Kalee Schreiber set season highs in points, with 11 and 9, respectively. Kristen Baker had 8 points, while Erin Kwiatkowski finished with 7 points.

FRIENDLY COMPETITION — Springville athlete Jess Wiede gets around a Maryvale defender, during a game held on Feb. 14.
The game saw every Lady Griff score. Gainey credited Wiede, Carly Lamos, Baker, Sam Reese and Jenna Schunke for “playing great,” in the post.

According to the coach, the perimeter defense was led by Julia Krzemien, Emma Beckerich and Riley Stedman. “This was an incredible season on so many levels,” Gainey said. “We finished 15 – 3, overall, and played a style of basketball which is so hard to execute, on a consistent basis.”

According to Gainey, the Lady Griffs’ junior varsity team is made up of seven freshmen, five sophomores and one eighth grader.

“We are losing some outstanding players, which I believe will contribute at the next level, and we retain some excellent talent for next season,” Gainey said.

“The main reason behind our success is the kids. This team worked as hard as any team I have had the privilege of coaching. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to coach good basketball players whom happen to be outstanding young women.”

FAST BREAK — Springville athlete Jenna Schunke drives through the lane for a basket against Maryvale.
During the past three years, the Springville-GI JV girls have taken a 46 – 9 record. With eight players’ returning, the Springville team will look to continue its success, next year.

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