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Sunnyside rallies to defeat Selah

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Alexis Ramos dribbles up court against Selah defender Kendra Courey. Also pictured is Sunnyside teammate Victoria Sarmiento (back left). The Lady Grizzlies avenged an earlier season defeat to Selah at home last night.

Things didn't look good for the Lady Grizzlies early on, as they only scored two points in the first quarter. No one would have guessed Sunnyside would come back to not only win last night, but do so by 10 points.

Sunnyside finished the night with a 44-33 victory over Selah.

"I don't think we were ready to start playing," Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez said of his team's performance in the first quarter. "Mentally we weren't there yet."

But it didn't take long for Sunnyside to arrive on the scene. Gomez said a few minutes into the first quarter he pulled out all of his starters and filled the court with players fresh off the bench. The transition helped the team get ready for what was to come.

"The bench did a great job scoring and playing defense," Gomez said.

They also helped give the starting players a rest, which paid off in the second quarter, when the Lady Grizzlies came back to score 14 points, putting the team within seven points of Selah.

"In the second half we played with more desire and intensity," Gomez said of his team. "[Selah] only scored 10 points in the last two quarters so I know we did something right."

Sunnyside (4-6, 9-9) scored more than half of its points in the second half of the game, racking up 28 points after intermission.

Gomez said it was great to see senior Andrea Phillips, who just came back from an ankle injury, score 15 points for the Lady Grizzlies.

He said senior Lanna Pangle also had a good night, snagging some important rebounds for Sunnyside.

"She played great defense for us," Gomez said of Pangle.

He said Fatima Ruelas worked hard for the Lady Grizzlies, rebounding the ball and playing tough defense against Selah.

"She played hard," Gomez said.

Gomez said coming away from the Selah game with a win was important for his team. He said the team wanted a win before taking on highly regarded Prosser this coming Friday.

"We really didn't want to go in to Friday with a loss," Gomez said.

To help pump up his team for the match-up against the Mustangs, Gomez said he is taking the girls to see the movie Coach Carter tonight.

"It's just a chance to relax and be there united as a team," Gomez said.

Selah 10 13 8 2 -33

Sunnyside 2 14 16 12 -44

Sunnyside-Phillips 15, Pacheco 0, Sarmiento 4, Alvarez 0, Caballero 0, Urrutia 7, Ruelas 0, Mendez 8, Torbay 0, Pangle 2, Spini 8.

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