The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team claimed the Emerling Holiday Tournament championship on Friday evening after a dominating 66-28 performance over Christian Central Academy.
Tournament MVP Ivette Lewandowski scored 17 points, while all tournament selection Kenz Owens dropped 14 points while dishing out 10 assists and running the Lady Griffs’ offense. Coach Bob Gainey also praised the defense of “tenacious, ball-hawking” guard Grace Zabawa.
“She drew the assignment of shutting down the other team’s best player and she didn’t miss a beat,” Gainey said.
Leading by 11 at halftime, SGI built on its advantage in the third quarter by out-scoring CCA 27-7.
Meg Rehrauer checked into the game late in the first quarter and put in 12 points. The “unsung heroes” on the night, Gainey said, were Kelsey Zabawa and Bella Oakley, who protected the rim and cleaned up the glass on both ends of the floor.
Scorers on the night included: Lewandowski (17 points), Owens (14), Rehrauer (12), Oakley (7), Kelsey Zabawa (8), Nyah Solly (3) and Grace Zabawa (5).
Now at 7-1, the Springville varsity girls play host again on Friday night, Jan. 4, to Cleveland Hill.