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Springville-GI girls varsity basketball team defeats Amherst and Pioneer

OUR BEST BET — Springville teammates Heaven Rollek (left) and Tainne Dallas discuss strategies, during the Feb. 7 S-GI versus Amherst varsity basketball game. Photo by Leo Mrugala.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team defeated Amherst on Feb. 7 by a score of 48 – 47.

The first quarter was a back-and-forth tilt between the two teams.

S-GI led 8 – 7, after the first quarter.

During the second quarter, both teams racked up the points, scoring a combined 30-plus. S-GI outscored Amherst 18 – 15, bringing the score to 26 – 22, at halftime, in favor of the Lady Griffs.

Tia Woodarek took the ball to the basket, all game long, attempting 17 free throws, during the game. As a team, S-GI attempted 40 free throws and made 18, total.

Coach Chris Mathewson said that, while he is happy his team took the ball to the basket, he knows the girls need to convert more of their opportunities. “The amount of free throws we attempted ... shows we were aggressive on offense,” he said. “In saying that, we definitely have to shoot a better percentage from the line.”

Amherst won the third quarter 11 – 8, to bring the score to 34 – 33, with S-GI’s holding the 1-point edge, going into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter allowed many plays to be made, by both teams.

With the score tied at 43 – 43, with 1:25 left, Springville’s Phoenix Rollek made her shot, to put S-GI ahead, for good. Mathewson said that he was proud of Rollek, for stepping up in that moment. “I was happy see Phoenix was able to hit that big shot,” he said. “It was a pressure moment and she came up huge, for us. The shot not only put us ahead, but it created some energy on the defensive end, for us.”

The Lady Griffs held on, for the 48 – 47 victory.

Tia Woodarek led the team in scoring, with 21 points. Also scoring for S-GI were Erin Kwiatkowski, with 10 points; Heaven Rollek, with 9; Alena Woodarek, with 3; Tainne Dallas, with 3 and Phoenix Rollek, with 2.

On Feb. 11, S-GI hosted division rival Pioneer Central and came away with the 58 – 45 victory. S-GI led 20 – 6, after the first quarter.

The Lady Griffs continued their stride, during the second quarter, using the team’s defense to take a 29 – 14 lead, going into halftime.

The second half was closer, point-wise, but S-GI held on for the victory, to split the season series with Pioneer.

Three players scored double figures for S-GI. Tia Woodarek led the way, with 15 points. Kwiatkowski scored 12 points, while Heaven Rollek added 10.

Also scoring for S-GI were Alena Woodarek, with 8; Dallas, with 7 and Katelyn Darling, with 2. Alena Woodarek knocked down two 3-point field goals, while Kwiatkowski made one.

With the win against Pioneer, S-GI improved its record to 10 – 7 overall and 7 – 6, in division play.

The Lady Griffs closed out the regular season on Feb. 14, with a game against Maryvale.

The Springville team is now awaiting postseason seeding for the Erie County Interscholastic Conference playoffs.


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