EAST AURORA – No one was expecting the Springville-Griffith varsity girls basketball team to knock off ranked opponents, but in their toughest stretch of the schedule they faced three consecutively last week and all on the road. The Griffins looked for positives to build upon in facing the area’s best that secured positions 8-10 in the most recent polls released Feb. 5 by The Buffalo News.
Springville started the week with a 48-13 loss to No. 8 large school East Aurora Jan. 31 with Ivette Lewandowski leading Springville with nine points.
“Despite the lopsided result the girls made marked improvement defensively. The girls held down All-ECIC performer Emma Brinker to only 10 points. Unfortunately, costly turnovers and inconsistent offense led to the tough defeat,” head coach Bob Gainey said.
Springville then traveled to No. 10 large school Lakeshore in a 68-29 loss and were again led by Lewandowski with another nine-point performance on Feb. 2. Grace Zabawa and Leah Frank each added six points, while Kelsey Zabawa scored four. Rounding out the scoring were two points each from Bella Oakley and Ryan Stedman.
Although the Griffs dropped their final game of the week to No. 9 small school Eden 41-28 Feb. 6, Springville did rally for an impressive second half that favored the Red Raiders by just a pair at 20-18. It was the kind of ending to a game against a ranked opponent that Springville was searching for as it will attempt to build from that impressive rally.
“We had a challenging time dribbling through pressure and initiating offense once we crossed half court,” Gainey said about the game in Eden.
“Ivette Lewandowski played a strong all-around game with 16 points. Kelsey Zabawa was a rebounding machine, Sydney Rosati defended at an extremely high level and Leah Frank provided excellent support on the baseline throughout the evening.”
After Lewandowski’s 16, Kelsey and Grace Zabawa each scored four apiece. Frank added a pair and single points came from Stedman and Rosati.
Springville hosted Cheektowaga Feb. 7 before traveling to Iroquois for a 6:30 p.m. tilt Feb. 12. The Griffs will have a 5:30 p.m. start time when they host North Collins in a non-conference game Feb. 14.