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Springville-Griffith girls varsity basketball team conquered by division-leading East Aurora

CONQUER WE MUST, WHEN OUR CAUSE, IT IS JUST — The Springville team stands for the singing of the National Anthem, before the game against East Aurora.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith girls varsity basketball team took on division-leading East Aurora on Feb. 5.

The game was a tight contest throughout, with both teams’ exchanging runs. In the end, East Aurora took the game 41 – 33.

SHE SHOOTS, SHE SCORES! — Springville-Griffith Institute basketball player Tia Woodarek (center) is pictured scoring 2 of her 16 points against East Aurora on Feb. 5. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
Springville won the opening tip and Lady Griffin Tia Woodarek drove to the basket, to give Springville the first points of the game. East Aurora responded and went on a 12 – 3 run, to take the lead, as the first quarter expired.

East Aurora came out of the halftime break and increased its lead to 22 – 10, before Woodarek scored the Lady Griffins’ next 10 points, to cut the deficit to 20 – 27.

The fourth quarter began, with East Aurora’s clinging to a 30 – 24 lead. The Blue Devils buried a triple, early in the quarter, to extend their lead to 33 – 24.

WHO’S OPEN? — Springville’s Tainne Dallas looks for an open teammate, against East Aurora.
With 5:24 left in the game, Tainne Dallas drilled a triple from the wing, to make the score 35 – 28, but the host team would stand its ground, to take the 41 – 33 contest.

“Games at this time of year are very competitive,” said Coach Chris Mathewson. “Teams are fighting for playoff points, to have better post season seeding. You’re playing teams the second time, so everyone’s aware of what you do well and they concentrate on stopping that.

“East Aurora is a good team,” he added. “They’re sitting on top of our division, with only one league loss, for a reason. I thought we competed hard against them and gave a solid effort.”

East Aurora leads the division, with a 11 – 1 record, in league play.

During the victory against Springville, the Blue Devils hit four 3-pointers and went 13 – 20, from the free throw line.

Erin Nason led East Aurora with 19 points.

During the fourth quarter, East Aurora hit two 3s, with the shot clock’s running low, and also knocked down a 20-foot jumper, to prevent Springville from breaking through.

“[East Aurora] converted on enough of those time-running-out plays and we missed some good open looks against their 1 – 3 – 1 [zone], in the fourth,” Mathewson said, regarding East Aurora’s performance.

NOTHING BUT NET — Springville-Griffith Institute varsity basketball player Heaven Rollek shoots a jumper against an East Aurora Blue Devils player, during a game played on Feb. 5.
“In a pretty even game, sometimes it comes down to one or two plays or makes and misses,” the coach said. “They change their defenses regularly, sometimes every other play. They run full court man, full court zone, half-court man, 1 – 2 – 2 half court trap, 1 – 3 – 1 and 2 – 3, so that challenges you, in terms of recognizing and changing offensive calls, but, for the most part, I was happy with how we reacted.”

Tia Woodarek paced Springville, scoring 16 points. Dallas added 7 and Alena Woodarek and Heaven Rollek scored 4 points each, during the loss. Sarah Byrne blocked two shots and pulled down five rebounds.

The girls also played against Amherst on Feb. 8.

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