Many of the problems the Grandview High School Greyhounds experienced this past weekend were from their own doing. Just ask Coach Scott Parrish.
The Greyhounds nearly let Prosser pull off the upset Friday at home and then couldn't manage anything against a stingy West Valley defense Saturday night.
"I wasn't very happy with the way we played," said Parrish.
Grandview came away with a 53-44 victory over Prosser Friday night. Saturday, the Rams seemed to be out to make a statement against the 'Hounds, whom they beat in a double-overtime thriller the first time the two teams met. West Valley shellacked Grandview 64-44.
"We started out really well," said Parrish of the Prosser game.
The Greyhounds posted an 18-11 first quarter. But Prosser bounced back with a decent 12-point second quarter. Grandview led 29-23 at the break.
"We built a pretty good lead, but we got kind of complacent," said Parrish.
Parrish said his team become uncharacteristically careless with the basketball. Grandview had nine of its 16 turnovers for the game in the first half.
"We had a lot of unforced turnovers," said Parrish. "We were doing some silly things."
Parrish said Grandview was lucky that Prosser missed quite a few open shots.
"They had too many open looks," said Parrish.
Ricky Adams had a nice start for the Mustangs, scoring 9 of Prosser's first 11 points. Adams finished the night with 17 points.
The Mustangs kept it close in the second half. Both teams posted 10-point third quarters. Grandview put the game away with a 14-11 fourth quarter.
Prosser sort of shot itself in the foot in the second half, sending the Greyhounds to the free throw line 20 times. Grandview hit 14 from the charity stripe. Prosser was just 6-of-9 from the free throw line in the second half. The Mustangs also tried to get too much back too soon in the second half. Prosser sank just 3-of-14 3-point attempts in the second half in a game where they statistically outplayed Grandview for the most part.
After being shut down the first time the two teams met, West Valley's Andrew Strait came to play in a big way on his home court, scoring a game-high 24 points. Strait also had a game-high 10 rebounds.
The Rams posted two huge quarters in the game, which proved to be the difference. West Valley outscored Grandview 17-7 in the first quarter and 19-9 in the third enroute to its 64-44 victory over the Greyhounds.
"We expected them to come out fired up and they did," said Parrish.
West Valley also dominated the glass, outrebounding Grandview 33-16.
"They killed us on the boards," said Parrish.
West Valley had 14 offensive rebounds to Grandview's seven.
Parrish said West Valley did a solid job of containing Anthony Andrews, who only had 7 points.
"He hardly got to look at the rim," said Parrish. "Their defense was outstanding. They were just in our face."
The Greyhounds (7-3, 12-4) will host Wapato and Hanford this coming weekend in their final two home games of the season. Besides West Valley, the Falcons are the only other team to beat Grandview in league play.
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1 2 3 4 T
Prosser 11 12 10 11 44
Grandview 18 11 10 14 53
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 17, Blake McFerran 9, James Vela 9, Anthony Andrews 8, Gabe Reyes 7, Aaron Gonzalez 3.
Prosser: Ricky Adams 17, Cody Nichols 11.
Rebounds: Chris Mejia 7, James Vela 7.
Assists: Blake McFerran 8.
1 2 3 4 T
Grandview 7 13 9 15 44
West Valley 17 17 19 11 64
Scoring: Grandview-Chris Mejia 12, Gabe Reyes 8, Anthony Andrews 7, Cordero Cisneros 6, Nate Zavala 5, Chris Concienne 4, James Vela 1.
West Valley-Andrew Strait 24, Corey Wehr 11.
Rebounds: Gabe Reyes 4.
Assists: Blake McFerran 4.