Over the holiday break, the JV and Varsity boys’ and girls’ teams played in the Emerling Holiday basketball tournament. The following are the results:

Varsity Boys Basketball, Coach Greg Miller

The holiday season was great for the Springville Boys Basketball team as they won the Emerling Tournament against neighboring North Collins.  Prior to this, the Griffins started the season 0-3 against all division teams including Pioneer, Lakeshore, and Cheektowaga.  However, their winning ways began with a victory over division rival East Aurora on Dec. 22, with a score of 58-47.

Leading the way for the Griffins was junior point guard Mason Goodridge.  He totaled 23 points along with 3 assists and 5 rebounds.  Following Mason was Adam Pruitt, with 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Tyler Kostelny with 11 points and 4 assists.  The team played very well against East Aurora both offensively and defensively.  The team came out aggressive attacking the bucket every chance we had, and putting a lot of pressure on EA.

Following the impressive division win over EA, the Griffins entered their home tournament with a record of 1-3.  In the first game against Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Springville had one of their best team performances.  They had contributions from most of their players and that helped as they won 66-50 over Catt LV.  Leading the way was Goodridge with 21 points, followed by Kostelny with 17 points.   Again the team succeeded on both ends of the court, especially with strong defensive play by Matt Sion, Austin Lux, and Alex Francisco.  Other scorers included Pruitt with 9, Mike Place and Tyler Attebery, both with 5, and Zach Parker with 4.

In the second game of the Emerling Tournament, the Griffins took on North Collins, and came out on top, 53-42.  Leading the way for the Griffins was Goodridge with an impressive 32-point night.  Along with strong play by Pruitt who had 10 points and 6 rebounds, and Kostelny with 6 points, before getting injured and leaving the game.  The Griffs were able to keep a strong lead throughout the game and came out on top.  Again, this win was a team effort and all players had a role in the win.  The team played extremely well even when faced with many challenges.  Tournament players from Springville included Adam Pruitt and MVP of the tournament was Mason Goodridge.

The team opens up 2018 with an away game at Starpoint on Tuesday, Jan. 2.  Following this, the team will have a home stretch of five games through the first half of January.

JV Boys Basketball, Coach Dave Broom

In last week’s basketball tournament, the boys JV won the first game against Catt. Little Valley 45 to 26. Austin Boies had 15 points and Eric Copeland had 11 points. We lost to Pioneer in a hard fought championship game 52 to 38. Austin Boies had 24 points and Alex Elkins had 6 points. Austin Boies and Eric Copeland were selected to the all tournament team.

Girls’ Varsity Basketball, Coach Bob Gainey

The Varsity Girls Basketball team played host to their annual Emerling Holiday Tournament over the Holiday Break. The girls opened play against MEC and came away with a 39-24 victory.  The girls controlled the game early behind Leah Frank’s 10 first-quarter points, who ended up leading all scorers with 12 points on the evening.  The stifling defense of the Lady Griffs was on full display as they forced a season-high 22 turnovers.  Sydney Rosati and Ivette Lewandowski each scored 8 points, Grace Zabawa added 4 points, Nyah Solly, Mackenzie Engel and Ryan Stedman each scored 2 points with Jess Engel rounding out the scoring with one point.

The girls played in the championship game one day later against the undefeated West Seneca East Trojans.  The girls played one of their best games on the year, but fell short in the end. Once again, Leah Frank started the team off hot in the first quarter scoring 10 of her 12 points in the first 8 minutes of the game.  That quarter saw some great back and forth action between both teams. The girls were down by 4 points at halftime and as many as 13 points in the third quarter.  The girls tightened up their play led by the sharp shooting skills of Ivette Lewandowski and some big shots made by Ryan Stedman.

The team took a two point lead in the 4th quarter after Kelsey Zabawa finished a beautiful low post move.  Unfortunately, West Seneca East got the best of the Lady Griffs in transition as they repeatedly got out in space and finished at the basket to bring home the win.  The girls lost 57-47, despite the score the girls made massive strides with their scoring and rebounding.  Scorers from the game included: Leah Frank (12 points,) Ivette Lewandowski (19 points,) Ryan Stedman (6 points,) Kelsey Zabawa (4 points,) and Nyah Solly, Grace Zabawa, and Mackenzie Engel all finished with 2 points apiece.

JV Girls Basketball, Coach Chris Mathewson

The Springville JV Girls Basketball team finished in 2nd place in the Emerling Holiday Tournament over break.

The girls posted a first-round win over MEC (Middle Early College) 56-18. Meghan Rehrauer led the Griffs with 20 points followed by Gracie Attebery with 10 points and Cora Boundy with 9 points.

In the 2nd round, the Griffs continued to apply defensive pressure resulting in numerous steals but were unable to convert their offensive chances losing to WSE (W Seneca East) 42-21. Meg Rehrauer again led the Griffs with 8 points with Cora Boundy adding 6 points. Both Meg and Cora were selected to the All-Tournament team.