SPRINGVILLE - Fully expecting it would take time for her young and mostly inexperienced team to completely put things together this winter, Springville girls basketball coach Christina Zaruba came away extremely pleased with what she saw out of her Orioles Friday, Nov. 30, hosting Lisbon.
“We started to put some things together and looked like a pretty good basketball team,” said Zaruba, as her team crushed the visiting Lions rolling to a 62-40 rout keyed by a solid first half defensive performance.
“Our defense did a great job and really limited what Lisbon wanted to do with the basketball. On offense we moved the ball well all game long and got a lot of girls a lot of open shots.”
And for the most part, Springville shooters were knocking down those open shots as the Orioles (2-1, 1-0) scored 11 first quarter points while holding the Lions to a mere four.
The second stanza was more of the same as Springville went on a 16-8 run to take a 27-12 advantage into the halftime break.
“I was so pleased to see the way the girls were making the extra pass and finding the open girl on just about every possession,” Zaruba said. “That made it a lot easier to get high-percentage shots and we did a great job of finishing around the basket.”
Lisbon began to find their offense more in the final two quarters, scoring 14 points in each of the third and fourth frames, but could make up no ground on Springville who received balanced scoring all game long as four players finished in double-figures.
“That’s what I would like to see out of us every night,” Zaruba said. “When we can get balanced scoring like this, we’ll be a much tougher team to stop on the offensive end.
“I was really happy for Rylee Chapman. She had a great game and could really be a hidden gem for us. She does so many good things at the basket, and at both ends of the floor, too.”
Lauren Wilson finished with a game-high 18 points for the Orioles connecting on 8-of-11 shots from the field while also drilling her lone 3-point attempt. Her 14 rebounds and four steals were also a team-best numbers.
Chapman came through with 14 points and five rebounds while Melissa Nulle tallied 13 points and four steals. Nichole Kane chipped in with 10 points and four assists.
“We know it’s going to be an up and down roller coaster ride this season,” Zaruba said. “There’s going to be good nights and bad, I just want the kids to enjoy the ride and have fun with it. Right now, we’re off to a pretty good start.”
Springville hit the road for the first time Tuesday, Nov. 27, and while playing well for most of the night had one tough quarter cost them in a 50-40 setback at Easton Valley.
“It just seemed like we couldn’t buy a basket in the second half,” Zaruba said. “We ran the offense well and got the looks we wanted, but the shots just were not going down.”
The Orioles got off to a solid start taking a 9-8 first quarter lead and extended it to 20-18 at the half before the struggles started.
Not only did the River Hawks get their offense flowing, but the hosts also slowed Springville’s going on game-changing 20-6 run.
“That was the difference,” Zaruba said. “We’re still working on a lot of things with our defense, and Easton Valley was able to take advantage, especially in that third quarter.”
The Orioles showed no quit however, even while trailing 38-26 entering the final frame.
“These kids will never give up,” Zaruba said. “But that third quarter was just too much to overcome.”