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Springville-Griffith Institute girls modified basketball team heads into round two of the season

ON THE OFFENSE — Springville’s Ryan Stedman gets around a JFK defender on Jan. 28. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified basketball team is in round two of its season.

During this part of the sports year, the girls will again face each team that they played, in the first half of the season. Round two includes the girls’ being allowed to press and play zone defense.

Springville took on the Eden Raiders on Jan. 14. Eden defeated the visiting Lady Griffins 18 – 7.

The girls also took on East Aurora on Jan. 17, falling to the Blue Devils 35 – 13.

“We met Eden and East Aurora, tough teams in our division, and we did much better defensively, against them, playing zone defense,” Coach Karen Reynolds said. “Unfortunately, the Lady Griffs are struggling to finish their shots.”

The Springville girls hosted JFK on Jan. 28. The Lady Griffins trailed 7 – 2, in the second quarter. With 5:22 remaining in the second, Springville grabbed five consecutive offense rebounds, before Carrie Dickinson finished on the put back, to make the score 7 – 4.

Later in the quarter, Dickinson knotted the game at 7 – 7 on a free throw, and Sydney Rosati drove to the basket for a layup that gave Springville the 9 – 8 lead.

The girls would go on to beat JFK 19 – 16, with Dickinson’s leading the team, with 7 points.

Rosati and Ryan Stedman had 4 points each and McKenzie Engel and Lexi Sopko scored 2 points, each, during the win.

Reynolds said that many girls are contributing for the team, this season, in a variety of ways.

GIVE IT YOUR ALL — Springville modified basketball player Sydney Rosati goes in for a layup, during the second quarter of a recent game against JFK.
“Sydney Rosati, a seventh grader, has really developed a strong and accurate shot for the team, that has aided the team in getting points on the [score] board,” she said.

“Carrie Dickinson continues to dominate the [score] board for the team, as she is the team leader in points,” the coach added. “Leah Frank and Lexi Sopko are also point scores and major rebounders for the team.

“McKenzie Engel is a strong force under the basket and is improving her ‘big man’moves. Ryan Stedman, aka ‘Hammer,’ has proved to be quick and agile on the court, on our 2 – 3 zone defense. She has the quickest feet and really helps the team defensively stop our opponents.”

The Lady Griffins will travel to Lake Shore on Feb. 4, looking to improve their 3 – 6 record.


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