HERMISTON, ORE. - A nine point halftime lead wasn't enough for the Sunnyside girls Tuesday night in Hermiston as a 23-point fourth quarter sealed a win for the Bulldogs.
"It's a non-league game, and we're going to learn from it," said Grizzlies' Coach Leo Gomez.
Gomez said mental mistakes and hot shooting by Hermiston led to the comeback.
"They just got hot - they hit their shots," Gomez said.
Senior Talia Spini led the Grizzlies in scoring, dropping in 16 in the losing effort. Spini also had eight rebounds and two assists.
Junior Kerri Urrutia added 11 points and four rebounds.
Going into the locker room after a good first half, Gomez said he told his players they needed to come out ready to play in the second half.
"I told the kids we can't come out flat footed," he said.
That's exactly what Happened. A 14-7 third quarter for hermiston got the lead down to two going into the final period.
A 23-10 fourth quarter was more than enough to hand the victory to the home team.
Missed lay-ups, and a lack of good shot creation also helped lead to the Grizzlies' demise.
"It's normal, we're still a pretty young team," Gomez said.
Despite the poor effort, he still said his kids played well and shouldn't hang their heads about the loss.
"They were a good team," Gomez said. "But we were just as good as they were."
Gomez also said by the time league games begin, his younger players are going to need to step up if his team is going to have a successful year.
"My younger kids need to grow up a little faster," he said.
Rounding out the Grizzlies' scoring were Fatima Ruelas, with eight points, Kayla Rollinger, with five points, and Molly Dolan with two points.
The Grizzlies play at Grandview Friday.
SHS 13 16 7 10 - 46
Hermiston 9 12 14 23 - 57
SHS : Torbay 0, Urrutia 11, Spini 16, Dolan 2, Pacheco 0, Rollinger 5, Ruelas 8, Ramos 4, Wutzke 0.
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