Springville-Griffith girls varsity basketball team conquered by division-leading East Aurora
The game was a tight contest throughout, with both teams’ exchanging runs. In the end, East Aurora took the game 41 – 33.
East Aurora came out of the halftime break and increased its lead to 22 – 10, before Woodarek scored the Lady Griffins’ next 10 points, to cut the deficit to 20 – 27.
The fourth quarter began, with East Aurora’s clinging to a 30 – 24 lead. The Blue Devils buried a triple, early in the quarter, to extend their lead to 33 – 24.
“Games at this time of year are very competitive,” said Coach Chris Mathewson. “Teams are fighting for playoff points, to have better post season seeding. You’re playing teams the second time, so everyone’s aware of what you do well and they concentrate on stopping that.
“East Aurora is a good team,” he added. “They’re sitting on top of our division, with only one league loss, for a reason. I thought we competed hard against them and gave a solid effort.”
East Aurora leads the division, with a 11 – 1 record, in league play.
During the victory against Springville, the Blue Devils hit four 3-pointers and went 13 – 20, from the free throw line.
Erin Nason led East Aurora with 19 points.
During the fourth quarter, East Aurora hit two 3s, with the shot clock’s running low, and also knocked down a 20-foot jumper, to prevent Springville from breaking through.
“[East Aurora] converted on enough of those time-running-out plays and we missed some good open looks against their 1 – 3 – 1 [zone], in the fourth,” Mathewson said, regarding East Aurora’s performance.
Tia Woodarek paced Springville, scoring 16 points. Dallas added 7 and Alena Woodarek and Heaven Rollek scored 4 points each, during the loss. Sarah Byrne blocked two shots and pulled down five rebounds.
The girls also played against Amherst on Feb. 8.