Making Coach Lewis proud

Silver Creek honors former assistant with impressive win over Salamanca

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli The Lakeview Shock Color Guard presented the colors for the National Anthem before Tuesday’s CCAA East 1 girls high school basketball game. Former assistant coach, Wayne Lewis, passed away last summer to cancer. He was a corrections officer at the Lakeview Shock.

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights (7-13, 3-7) hosted a “blue out the gym” game Tuesday in honor of Wayne Lewis, an assistant coach who passed away last summer after a battle with stomach cancer.

The performance Silver Creek put together in a 48-23 CCAA East 1 girls high school basketball victory over Salamanca (2-17, 0-10) was one Lewis would be proud of.

While the Black Knights allowed just 23 points, they did not give up a single basket in the second quarter, to give them a 19-12 halftime lead.

“Coach Lewis was a Correction Officer at Lakeview Shock,” Silver Creek coach Tammy Rice said. “He instilled defense into the girls. The girls worked hard in his honor and I was proud.”

In the third quarter, Abby Rice scored 10 of Silver Creek’ 14 points and the home team outscored the Lady Warriors, 15-6, in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.

OBSERVER Photo by Lisa Monacelli Silver Creek's Harmonie Eggleston.

Abby Rice finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while Carley Pawlak added 11 points. Emma Rice had seven assists and as many rebounds while Tessa Douglas had six rebounds in the win.

Zoey Gross led Salamanca with 10 points while Caryn Miller had nine rebounds in defeat.

Following the game, a player from each team was named the Defensive Player of the Game in honor of Lewis. For Salamanca, Courtney Sherwood received the honor while Silver Creek’s Harmonie Eggleston also received the honor.

Proceeds from the game were donated to Paul Abate, a Silver Creek teacher for 21 years who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Before the game, the Lakeview Shock color guard presented the colors for the National Anthem.

The Black Knights are back in action Thursday when they host Westfield at 7:30 p.m.