Varsity Girls Basketball, Coach Bob Gainey

The Varsity girls basketball team dropped a tough league contest last Wednesday night to Cleve Hill by a score of 40-34.  Despite the unfortunate outcome, the team battled throughout the contest and never quit.  The defensive pressure was so strong during the game that the girls held Cleve Hill to only 16 points in the first half.  Unfortunately, rebounding and some costly turnovers proved to be the difference in the game.  Leading scorers on the night included: Julia Krzemien (10 points,) Lexi Sopko (nine points,) Ivette Lewandowski (nine points,) Ryan Stedman, Maddie Pazzuti and Carrie Dickinson each added two points.  The girls will look to get back in the win column when they travel to Eden on Friday night.

The girls pulled off its most dramatic win on the young season Friday night when they traveled to Eden.  The girls played a sluggish 24 minutes of basketball, but came on when it really mattered.  After a layup by Eden to push the deficit to seven points with 1:20 left, the team refused to lose.  After numerous steals and big shots from Lexi Sopko, Sydney Rosati, and Julia Krzemien, the team was down by one point with six seconds left.  Krzemien took the ball up to half court and drew a foul which sent her to the foul line.  Julia knocked down one of two to give the Lady Griffs life.  From there, the girls dominated the OT period behind eight points from Ivette Lewandowski and a back-breaking three-pointer from Sydney Rosati.  The final score was 51-43, in favor of the Lady Griffs.  Once agai,n the girls showed what a complete team they were thanks to the smart play by Ryan Stedman, the aggressiveness on Mackenzie Engle, the overall excellent play by Leah Frank, the toughness exhibited by Carrie Dickinson, and the mid-range shooting from Maddie Pazzuti.  Scorers on the night were: Lewandowski (13 points,) Krzemien (12 points,) Dickinson (seven points,) Rosati (seven points,) Maddie Pazzuti and Lexi Sopko with six points each.

The team dropped a tough game on Monday night to the Alden Bulldogs by a score of 34-30.  Despite the team leading by 10 points at halftime, the girls were doomed by a one-point third quarter, compared to the nine points Alden scored.  Despite the poor start to the half, the girls were in position to take the lead for good, but the team made a couple mistakes down the stretch which helped Alden earn the win.  The girls were led in scoring behind Julia Krzemien’s nine points, Sydney Rosati’s seven points and Carrie Dickinson’s six points.  Other scorers included Ivette Lewandowski (four points), Leah Frank (two points), and Lexi Sopko, along with Mackenzie Engel, chipped in one point apiece.

Indoor Track, Coach Joseph Marvin

Results from Saturday, Jan. 7 Fredonia State College meet with 12 schools in attendance:

55 hurdles- Boys, Wyatt Cudney, season best 10.62; Girls, Payton Rowe – 9.99, 5th place finish, personal best time and sectional qualifier.

3000- Sonya Krezmien, 11:15, 1st place, sectional qualifying time.

55 dash- Girls, Chloe Chamberlin, 8.12, 2nd place.

1000- Girls, Elle Russell, 2nd place, 3:27; Lizzy Miranda, 3rd place, 3:29.

1500 race walk- Corrin Sacilowski, 8:05, 1st place.

300- Boys, Topher Elkins, 4th place, 39 seconds; Nick Abdo, 5th place, 39.3.

Girls 4×800- 11:01, 2nd place: Elle Russell, Lizzy Miranda, Jacy Schelble, Sonya Krezmien

JV Girls Basketball, Coach Christopher Matthewson

Last week, the JV girls played three games, and came away with one win, 27-21 over Cleve Hill, and two losses, 47-30 vs. Tonawanda and 30-29 vs. Eden.

Game hightlights include Jessica Engel with 20 points vs. Tonawanda, 16 vs. Cleve Hill and 12 vs. Eden.

Against Cleve Hill, the team overcame a seven-point half time deficit to outscore Cleve Hill 24-11 in the second half  (Engel had 13 of her 16 points in the second half.)

There was more balanced scoring vs. Eden – along with Engel’s 12 points, Cora Boundy had seven and Kelsey Zabawa had six. The girls played some of their best team defense of the year as Nyah Solly (8th grader), Abby Steiner and Rachel O’Neal made strong defensive contributions.  The comeback effort fell short as the Griffs had the ball with five seconds to go, but failed to get off a shot.

Modified Girls Basketball, Coach Kim Pazzuti

The girls modified basketball team competed against Pioneer this week and played a terrific game. They lost by four, but played with heart, and coach Pazzuti was truly proud of them. Sarah O’Neal and Meghan Rehrauer each scored four points. Kaliea Sullivan, Melanie Barry, Jaime Dickinson, and Marie Emerling all added two points. Defensively, Serenity Heim and Katelyn Mesch shined. The girls traveled to Holland later this week.