PREP BASKETBALL Injury fails to slow Tigers
Fuimara scored 15 points to lead a balanced Springfield scoring attack.
COLUMBIANA -- There's more to the Springfield High girls basketball team than meets the eye.
With senior Lindsay Johnson nursing a badly sprained left wrist, the rest of the team picked up the slack, made plays when it had to and claimed a key road victory.
Senior Angelina Fuimara scored 15 points, including a bucket with 50 seconds remaining, to propel Springfield to a 50-45 non-league win over Crestview on Tuesday night.
"This was big for us, because we needed some girls to step up and shoot the basketball," said Springfield coach Sandi Kohler. "We were sloppy and hesitant at times, but we did what we needed to, when we needed to. Our defense was able to carry us tonight."
Playing through the pain
Johnson, who initially hurt her wrist against Columbiana in December, played with the injury heavily taped. She was limited offensively, scoring six points on 3-of-12 shooting.
"She's being tough about it," said Kohler.
"She had a CAT scan over the weekend and we're still waiting for the results. She's our leader and although she didn't score much tonight, she played tough defense and got us some key rebounds."
Despite the minimal impact she had offensively, Johnson still found ways to help her team in crunch time.
With Springfield ahead 47-45, Crestview called a timeout to set the offense.
The Rebels inbounded the ball and got off a shot, but Johnson blocked the attempt, the Tigers got possession and Crestview never recovered.
"We had the play we wanted, but Lindsay used her athleticism to block the shot," said Crestview coach Tanja Simione.
"I think we were able to control the tempo and overall we had a good night, despite the loss."
Crestview (8-7) dictated the game's pace throughout, settling into its half-court offense and taking away Springfield's transition game. Center Brianne Phillis led the Rebels with a game-high 20 points.
But Springfield (10-3) broke open a 26-26 game in the third quarter, outscoring Crestview 15-10. The Tigers turned a 32-30 Crestview advantage into a 36-32 lead on a Samantha Cavalier bucket with 3:25 remaining.
The Rebels cut the deficit to two, but Christy Warren drilled a long 3-pointer with five seconds to go in the quarter to put Springfield ahead 41-36.
Johnson contributes on defense
The Tigers led by seven twice in the fourth quarter, but Phillis kept her team close. Crestview trailed by seven with just more than four minutes remaining, but cut the margin to 47-44 on a hoop by Phillis at the 3:04 mark.
After a Springfield turnover, Chelsea Crowell hit a free throw with 1:09 remaining to get the Rebels within 47-45.
But Johnson's big defensive play, followed by Fiumara's jumper, iced the Tigers' 10th win of the season.
"We were able to get some things in the game that we've been working on in practice, which will help us," said Kohler.
"We're just trying to get consistent and develop some good habits. Overall, the kids played well tonight."