Coach Bob Gainey’s comments on Monday showed he didn’t expect an easy opener as the Springville-Griffith Institute girls basketball team began the postseason.
Entering as the third seed after a 15-5 regular season, the Griffins played host to No. 14 Fredonia on Tuesday, but Gainey didn’t think much of those seeding numbers.
“It’s a tough class, I’ll tell you what,” Gainey said. “Being the 3 seed, Fredonia is not a 14. They are much better than that. They played in a great league this year. So people might see a 3 vs. 14 and automatically move us, but it’s going to be a challenge for sure.”
Clearly, the Hillbillies were up to the task despite a 6-12 regular season record, as they knocked off Springville 55-39 in Tuesday’s first round.
Ivette Lewandowski led Springville with 18 points in the loss. Mackenzie Owens added 12 points.
Fredonia will play No. 11 Newfane on Thursday. Grace Mroczka led the Hillbillies with 15 points, Kazlin Beers had 11 and Nagely Vazquez 10.
Despite the early exit, it was a breakthrough regular season for the Griffins, one Gainey expected given his team’s talent after it moved to the ECIC Div. IV.
“I thought with the way our league was set up and also with the talent we had on the roster with what was returning and what we had coming in, we had pretty high goals and I thought the kids did a great job this year of meeting almost all of those goals,” he said on Monday. “So I expected us to have a really good year and we had to play well in those games to win 15 and the kids really stepped up and did a great job all season long.”
Springville 68, JFK 18
The Springville varsity girls basketball team capped off an impressive regular season with a red-hot start, taking a 17-0 lead and never looking back.
Junior Ivette Lewandowski buried six three-pointers in an incredible shooting night en route to a career-high 32 points. Kenzie Owens led the high-powered attack by dishing out assists all over the floor, while also adding 14 points.
Senior Grace Zabawa ended her regular season career with 11 points and her signature defense. Meg Rehrauer added six points.