The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies may have lost their first league match-up of the season Saturday night against West Valley, but it wasn't enough to dampen the team's spirits.
"They did a great job," Coach Leo Gomez said of his team. "They played absolutely great."
The Lady Grizzlies came out strong Saturday night, quickly getting to the basket and playing aggressively against the Rams. But it wasn't enough to keep the Sunnyside team on top. The Griz ultimately lost to the Rams by a score of 58-48.
Gomez said Sunnyside was having trouble making foul shots against the Rams, noting that they were 17-for-33 from the foul line. Gomez noted that if the Grizzlies had made 11 more foul shots during the game they would have won the game.
Despite losing to the Rams, Sunnyside put on a good show. The Grizzlies led West Valley at the end of the first quarter by a score of 10-9. And the Lady Grizzlies didn't make it easy for West Valley to pull ahead. At halftime Sunnyside was only down by two points and by five points at the end of the third quarter.
Gomez said at one point during the fourth quarter the Lady Grizzlies had battled back to within two points of the Rams. He said senior Victoria Sarmiento tried to sink a shot from outside the paint, but missed. West Valley then went on a run, scoring six points in the last few minutes.
Gomez said throughout the match-up with West Valley his girls stayed calm and focused.
"They played hard," he said.
Scoring for the Grizzlies were Erica Mendez with 18 points, Andrea Phillips and Kerri Urrutia with 7 points each, Talia Spini and Victoria Sarmiento with 6 points each, and Vanessa Alvarez with 2 points.
The loss to West Valley came just one night after the Lady Grizzlies had celebrated a victory over their rival, the Grandview Greyhounds. Sunnyside pushed past Grandview, winning by a score of 67-48.
Gomez said Friday night his team came out a little flat-footed, while Grandview started off strong.
"They created some problems for us at the beginning," Gomez said of Grandview. He noted that by the end of the half the Lady 'Hounds were able to get within 7 points of Sunnyside.
After getting warmed up a bit, the Lady Grizzlies were able to come back and win by 19 points. Gomez said his team pushed the ball down the court and was able to find some easy shots.
Gomez said he thought his two guards, Phillips and Urrutia, did a nice job for the Grizzlies. He added that Mendez also came out with some real intensity against the Greyhounds. Also working hard for the Grizzlies was Bobi Haringa.
"[She] did a real good job for us," Gomez said of Haringa.
Leading scorers for Sunnyside included Phillips with 18 points, Urrutia with 16 points and Mendez with 10 points.
"It was a challenging game for quite a while," Gomez said of the match-up against Grandview.
Gomez added that not only does he feel that his team played hard this past weekend, but he is also very happy with the crowds who filled the gym over the weekend.
"I want to thank everyone who came out to watch the games this weekend," Gomez said. "It's nice to have that support."
The Lady Grizzlies will take to the court again Tuesday night at Ki-Be.