THIS IS HOW WE ROLL — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity girls basketball team gathers around Coach Robert Gainey (center), during a timeout. Photos by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute girls junior varsity basketball team took on the Depew Wildcats on Jan. 24.
After a close first half, the Springville girls came out shooting.
Jenna Schunke knocked down a jumper, to start the third quarter. Sarah Kwiatkowski drilled a midrange jumper, to bring the score to 23 – 11 and Julia Krzemien hit two jumpers, to extend the Lady Griffins’ lead to 29 – 15. The start to the third quarter sprung the girls to a 48 – 28 win, against Depew.
“I felt the first half was a well-played game, on our end,” said Coach Bob Gainey. “We didn’t finish some of the plays in the first half that we finished in the second half. I felt we played a terrific 32 minutes of basketball. The only difference between the first 16 minutes and the last 16 minutes was that we were finishing better, around the basket.”
Eighth grader Julia Krzemien had 10 points, while Jess Wiede had 7. Schunke led all scorers, with 12 points.
Gainey said that Schunke’s recent plays have caught his attention. “Jenna has really come on, over the past five or six games,” he said. “She has become an all-around excellent player, for us. Her ability to rebound the ball and get into passing lanes is unique and something that she has worked on, during her two years on the team. She dominated on the offensive glass [against Depew], by rebounding the ball and finishing plays around the basket.”
CAN’T TOUCH THIS — Springville-Griffith Institute basketball player Kristen Baker finishes in transition, off an outlet pass from a teammate.
The girls have been working on their defensive efforts, all season. So far, they have held their opponents to approximately 23 points, per game.
Guards Krzemien, Brittney Luther, Meg Hanrahan and Kwiatkowski, as well as forwards Carly Lamos and Wiede, have been leading the team in steals.
Gainey said that he appreciates how athletic his team is, from top to bottom. “Our team make-up is a coach’s dream,” he said. “We have athleticism at every position on the floor, which enables us to defend, at a high level.
“I ask quite a bit out of my kids and they have been incredible,” the coach added. “This is a special team that has taken on the challenge of playing relentless defense, full court, for 32 minutes, and they have seen the results pay off.”
The Springville girls traveled to St. Mary’s of Lancaster on Jan. 19. The Lady Griffs upped their record to 12 – 1, after a 34 – 14 triumph against St. Mary’s.
The girls went into halftime up 22 – 11, “thanks, in large part, to the girl’s stout man defense and great finishing ability of Jenna Schunke,” Gainey said. “Once again, Jenna showed her versatility, completing a tough layup in transition and draining an open jumper, at the elbow.”
After halftime, the girls allowed 3 points in the entire second half, with those points’ being scoring in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter.
Schunke led the team in scoring, again, with 8 points. Kristen Baker had 6; Luther had 6. Wiede and Krzemien had 4 points each. The girls played Maryvale on Feb. 1.