BENTON CITY - Sunnyside may have started a little slow last night against Ki-Be, but in the end the Lady Grizzlies were able to pick up steam and leave the Bears behind.
The Sunnyside team was able to come back from a 3-point halftime deficit to claim ultimate victory, defeating Ki-Be by a score of 49-43.
"We came out a little flat-footed," said Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez of his girls. He noted that during the first half of the game his team wasn't hitting its shots.
Despite not being quite up to speed on their game, Gomez said the Sunnyside girls were still able to keep pace with Ki-Be, tying the score at the end of the first quarter and trailing by only three points at halftime.
It was during halftime that Gomez said he told the girls that they were capable of playing better basketball, adding that they needed to get back out on the court and step up their game.
When the Lady Grizzlies started the third quarter they picked it up and started to overtake the Bears. Gomez said by the end of the third quarter the teams were tied at 35 points apiece.
"Then we made a run and it was [Ki-Be's] turn to catch up to us," Gomez said.
Leading the scoring run in the second half were senior Andrea Phillips who had 18 points, including three 3-point shots, and three rebounds for the night, and junior Bobi Haringa, who sank 12 points and was one of the leading rebounders for the team with six boards.
"This is probably one of her best scoring nights," Gomez said of Haringa.
Also helping the Lady Grizzlies push past Ki-Be was junior Talia Spini, who had 7 points and six rebounds against the Bears.
"She did a good job for us in the second half," Gomez said, noting that Spini scored six of her seven points in the second half.
Also scoring for Sunnyside were Erica Mendez with 8 points, including one three-point shot and four rebounds, and Kerri Urrutia with 2 points and five rebounds.
Gomez said he thinks his team went into the Ki-Be game expecting an easy win.
"I think we came there looking for a win, but we were probably over confident," he said.
Sunnyside has two more games coming up in the next week before it begins to see some heavy league action. Gomez said he is hoping Saturday's game against Connell and next Tuesday's game against Quincy will help prepare the girls for the upcoming league match-ups.