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The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity basketball team wins two in a row

THE NEXT PLAY — Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity basketball Coach Chris Mathewson talks to his team, during a timeout against Depew. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity basketball team took on Depew on Jan. 24.

Springville’s Tainne Dallas drove baseline for a layup, with 5:50 remaining, in the second quarter, to increase Springville’s lead to 16 – 9.

With 30 seconds left in the first half, the Lady Griffins grabbed three consecutive offensive rebounds and Tia Woodarek finished, on the put back, as the girls went into halftime, up 28 – 13.

The Springville girls continued their success, in the second half, as they cruised to a 49 – 30 win.

Woodarek led the team, with a varsity-career high 19 points, in the win. She has scored in double figures in seven out of the past eight games, and has increased her season average to 10.3.

UP THE COURT — Lady Griffin Alena Woodarek drives to the basket against Depew.
“Tia has been playing really well, lately,” said Coach Chris Mathewson. “At the forward spot, she’s a tough player to guard; bigger defenders can have difficulty with her quickness and athleticism and smaller, athletic defenders with her strength, footwork in the post. Regardless of the size or ability of the opposition, her compete level is always high, willing to take on any challenge, defensively, and has great natural instincts as a rebounder.

“Last night [against Depew], she showed her ability to score in a variety of ways: in transition, on offensive rebounds, shot fakes and drives to the basket and mid-range jumpers,” he added. “A big plus for her also has been her ability to get to and score, from the [free throw] line. She’s also one of the girls who have benefitted from our improvement as a team, with ball movement and, as a result, an increase in our assists.”

The girls’ defensive performance was a season-high; they allowed 30 points and adding 11 steals.

“We have some girls that can play pretty good one on one defense,” Mathewson said. “But, when we really excel at, is when the combination of five girls give a coordinated effort, play good help defense, help on drives and post plays, communicate and cover for each other. It’s a hard to play with that much focus on helping your teammate and defending the basket, as well as the girl that you’re guarding, but it’s harder to play against; and when we bring that effort and focus defensively, we’ve had success.”

Mathewson said that the game held against Lake Shore, where the Springville girls allowed a season-high 50 points, was an example of a “poor defensive effort.”

“We all recognize that we gave a poor defensive effort against Lake Shore, with too many breakdowns that gave them too many odd-numbered transitions against us,” he said. “On Thursday, we did a much better job of maintaining good position, which allowed us to defend 5 on 5 and back each other up.”

The girls traveled to St. Mary’s of Lancaster for a non-league showdown, on Jan. 29.

The Lady Griffins beat St. Mary’s 48 – 27.

Alena Woodarek led the way for Springville, with 12 points, three assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Her sister, Tia Woodarek, had 9 points, nine rebounds and a season-high six steals, during the win.

NOTHING BUT NET — Springville-Griffith Institute player Heaven Rollek shoots from the free throw line, against Depew.
Dallas scored 9 points and Heaven Rollek led the team in rebounding, pulling down 12 boards. The win including Springville’s creating 16 steals, in the game, a season-high.

The Lady Griffins also played Maryvale on Feb. 1.

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