EDGEWOOD - It’s tough enough to slow the Springville girls basketball team with the wide array of weapons the Orioles have at their disposal.
Try and take away Springville’s inside game and the Orioles can bomb away from the perimeter. Make a run at their shooters and Springville is relentless around the rim.
Host Edgewood-Colesburg found that out the hard way Friday, Dec. 20, even while Springville struggled to score baskets early against the Vikings.
“It’s always challenging to play at Ed-Co,” said Oriole girls basketball coach Christina Zaruba, as her team overcame a bit of a slow start but still managed to cruise to a lopsided 70-42 rout of the Vikings.
“The floor there, though regulation size, is just so boxed in. We started off slow missing our first seven 2-footers. Then we over-played a little too much defensively which allowed Ed-Co to stay close at the half.”
The Orioles’ 35-28 lead would be as close as the host Vikings would get the rest of the night as the visitors dominated the final two quarters with a sensational display of power basketball.
“We started the third quarter with a quick bucket and then went on a 10-0 run before giving up a bucket,” Zaruba said. “We out-scored them 21-6 in the third quarter and after a very slow start, shot the ball really well from the field. We also managed to score 46 out of our 70 total points in the paint, which means we really moved the ball well.”
Springville (7-0, 1-0) continued to attack in the final frame going on a 17-8 run to close out the 28-point blowout.
The Ed-Co defense had no answer for Oriole sophomore Lauren Wilson, who powered the Springville offense scoring 23 points while adding eight rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Freshman Molly Stamp added 13 points and three more blocks while Morgan Nachazel chipped in with 10 points as the team shot 50-percent from the field overall.
Grace Matus led the Oriole perimeter game drilling a pair of 3-pouint baskets and scoring nine points.
Springville opened their week with a hard-fought 60-51 triumph hosting a good Clinton Prince of Peace team Tuesday, Dec. 17, as every time it seemed the Orioles made a run to open the game up, and Irish had an answer before a suffocating fourth quarter defensive performance allowed the hosts to finally pull away for good.
“We struggled to box out as they were very aggressive on the boards and we struggled holding them to one shot, too, which allowed them to stay close to us,” Zaruba said. “Grace was lighting it up behind the 3-point line going 5-for-10 in the game, and we were able to work inside-out and really found her on the kick-out. She was loaded and ready to shoot.”
The Orioles led 20-12 after one quarter and 33-28 at the half before the visitors made a run and closed to within two points (47-45) at the third quarter horn.
The final eight-minute stretch saw offense come much tougher for the Irish as the hosts opened the frame on a 7-0 run and held Prince of Peace scoreless until the 4:03 mark of the frame when the visitors drilled two free throws.
Springville didn’t allow the Irish a fourth quarter field goal until the 2:06 mark, and by that point had built a 58-47 advantage.
Wilson’s 18 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and four steals paced the hosts while Nachazel also had a big game coming through with 17 points. Matus’ five treys contributed to all of her 15 total points while she also ripped down nine boards.