Niagara Gazette

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March 9, 2013

GI loses on last-second score

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Niagara Gazette — Grace Olszewski’s drive helped bring GI back from 11-6 in the first and Lexi Kalinowski’s conversion of a Winfield feed drew the Blue & White even at 24 in the third. Senior Stephanie Knight muscled her way to some vital rebounds.

“I think our girls did a great job,” said Banker in the final post-game press conference of a 15-year career. 

Somewhat overmatched horizontally, Grand Island responded with basic "Banker-ball," — strong discipline, few of the careless passes and unforced travels which had marked games against less adept opponents.

After six turnovers in the first period, Grand Island committed just 17 for the game, three of those attributable to end-of-quarter desperation heaves.

“We had worked so hard on this all season,” Banker said, but now, there was not even a next season for which to plan. She couldn’t consider the prospect. “This one hurts too much.”

VIKINGS LOG: Banker's Grand Island teams won 246 games out of 345 … As overtime loomed, no one had more than three fouls … Grand Island took 14 fewer shots, 15-36 to Mendon’s 15-50 … At least one Mendon proudly sported an array of work-ethic tattoos, a gallery of black-and-blue marks on her upper arm … The Anthem here was all-business, a short & snappy instrumental … The public address thanked the media for its coverage, a nice touch.

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