Silver Creek wins Senior Night with a cause

Submitted Photo Above, the Silver Creek Black Knights pose for “Two girls, two causes,” a benefit dedicated to Senior Tessa Douglas and her father — who was diagnosed with cancer — as well as Abby Rice’s AAU teammate who suffers a heart condition.

OBSERVER Staff Report

SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Black Knights girls basketball team celebrated a 41-25 victory over JFK on Tuesday in a non-league game at Silver Creek High School.

Silver Creek (11-8, 4-6) led by 10 at halftime and close to 20 in the third quarter of the win.

Abby Rice led Silver Creek with 15 points, along with eight rebounds and four assists. Jaeleigh Cruz added 12 points and six steals, while Tessa Douglas had 11 points and seven rebounds.

The game was especially important, not only because it was Senior Night for Douglas, but the game was also a benefit game for Silver Creek.

“Two Girls for Two Causes” was the title of the event, founded this year by the team for two special, tragic circumstances.

The first cause was Douglas’ cause, as her father was recently diagnosed with cancer.

The second cause was for leading scorer Abby Rice, whose AAU teammate, Kaylin Kline, was forced to stop playing sports because of a heart condition. The story is especially personal to Rice, who plays despite a heart condition of her own.

The money raised at Tuesday’s game will be donated to both causes.

Silver Creek’s regular season wraps up at Clymer on Thursday, but after a crucial win over Gowanda last week, Silver Creek will host a playoff game next week.

“We are very excited to have a home playoff game,” said Silver Creek assistant coach Kevin Rice.