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Springville-GI girls junior varsity basketball team wins Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament

WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls junior varsity basketball team advanced to the Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament championship, where the Lady Griffs defeated Eden 31 – 16. Photo courtesy of Kathy Krzemien.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity girls basketball team won back-to-back games, en route to capturing a first place finish at the 2012 Emerling Ford Holiday Tournament.

On Dec. 27, the Lady Griffs defeated the West Valley Central School Wildcats by a score of 33 – 13 and, on Dec. 28, S-GI defeated Eden by a score of 31 – 16.

During the first game of the tournament, against West Valley, S-GI totaled 16 points throughout the first half.

Coach Robert Gainey said that his team came out in the second half with an emphasis on playing better defense, which would eventually lead to more scoring chances on offense.

“Our defensive pressure turned out to be the key, throughout the contest, as the girls continued to get turnovers and rebounds during the game,” he said. “West Valley has a real tough team and we knew we’d have our hands full with them.”

S-GI outscored West Valley 10 – 1 during the third quarter and went on to a 33 – 13 victory.

GIRL POWER — Springville’s Kalee Schreiber runs the ball up the court. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
The Lady Griffs’ offensive attack was balanced, as nine different players scored against West Valley. Brittany Luther led the Lady Griffs with 9 points.

During the championship game against Eden, S-GI gained an early momentum. The Lady Griffs jumped out to a 11 – 2 lead, to start the game.

Gainey credited his team’s fast start to the girls’ combined efforts. “The early surge was led by our strong energy to start the game,” he said. “The surge was led by Sara Kwiatkowski, as she displayed spectacular hustle to get her hands in passing lanes and force turnovers throughout the game.”

S-GI continued its defensive play during the second quarter and took a 22 – 7 lead into halftime.

Gainey said that he was impressed by his team’s defensive performance against Eden. “Our perimeter defense, led by Julia Krzemien and Meg Hanrahan was outstanding all game long,” he said. “Jenna Schunke made countless hustle plays, to get steals, and converted them into easy points. Kristen Baker anchored the paint, while playing terrific low post defense.”

SHE WON! — Julia Krzemien, JV MVP of the holiday tournament, poses with Carl Emerling. Photo by Kathy Krzemien.
S-GI won the game by a score of 31 – 16. Baker led the team in scoring, with 8 points. Luther was named to the all-tournament team and Krzemien was named the most valuable player for the tournament.

The Lady Griffs used their defense to carry them to the tournament championship. S-GI gave up 29 points in the tournament, an average of 14.5 points per game.

Gainey said that he was proud of his girls for their performance. “The team defense we displayed was outstanding and it just shows how good this team is defensively,” he said.

The Lady Griffs remain undefeated on the season, with a 6 – 0 record. They also took on Maryvale on Jan. 4.

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