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Greyhounds turn back the Pioneers in District opener

Lock your doors and get in the basement because this Friday night there is an explosive showdown on the horizon.

We are going to find out just how good the Grandview High School boys basketball team is, as the Greyhounds will be facing its toughest test of the season this Friday night at Kiona-Benton High School at 8 p.m.

As a result of the Greyhounds' 75-69 victory over Omak last night at Kiona-Benton High School in the opening round of the Bi-District tournament, Grandview earned a date with the Quincy Jackrabbits. The Jackrabbits have spent much of the season as one of the state's top ranked 2A teams.

The winner of the Quincy/Grandview game will play the winner of the Connell/Cashmere game Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m. at Sunnyside High School for the District title and a berth to State. If Grandview happens to lose this Friday against Quincy, the Greyhounds will then have to travel to Cashmere Thursday, March 3, to play in a loser-out game.

Last night, the Greyhounds didn't look much like a team that finished atop the Central Washington Athletic Conference southern division, well, at least in the first half they didn't.

The Greyhounds were manhandled a bit in the first half by Omak, as the Pioneers outscored Grandview 41-33 in the opening two frames.

"We didn't play well at all in the first half," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish. "I think we kind of assumed it was going to be a little bit easier than it was. We didn't have much focus in that first half."

There were plenty of problems for the Greyhounds in the first half. Grandview was 0-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half and shot just 12-of-36 from the field. Grandview did have some success at the free throw line in the first half, hitting 9-of-14 free throws.

Omak, on the other hand, shot a whopping 64 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 16-of-25 shots. The Pioneers were also 3-for-5 from 3-point range, 6-for-13 from 3-point land for the game. Omak also hit all six of its free throw attempts in the first half.

"Omak seemed to be playing real loose," said Parrish. "They were taking our guys off the dribble."

Parrish said at the break it just seemed to dawn on his players that their season could be winding down if they didn't kick things into gear.

Omak came out and scored the first five points of the second half but that would be it for a while.

Parrish said the tempo of the game changed in Grandview's favor after one of their foundations of the team, Cordero Cisneros, laid on the court injured for a while. Parrish said his players responded to Cisneros' injury and exploded for a 29-0 run that went into the fourth quarter.

Grandview stopped trying to take so many shots outside, said Parrish. The Greyhounds were effectively able to penetrate Omak's 2-3 zone defense and attack inside.

The Greyhounds put up some vastly different numbers in the second half. The Greyhounds made 13-of-19 shots from the field while only attempting one 3-pointer. The Greyhounds did a lot of their damage in the second half at the free throw line, going 16-for-20.

Omak was a miserable 24 percent from the field in the second half, hitting just 6-of-25 shots. The Pioneers were also only able to get to the free throw line six times in the second half, hitting three shots from the charity stripe.

Grandview turned 15 Omak turnovers into 21 points.

The Greyhounds were also able to get it done without its main threat, Chris Mejia, who only played 18 minutes because of foul trouble. Grandview's big man still managed an impressive 17 points and five rebounds. Mejia shared team-high scoring honors with James Vela, who had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Parrish said he is expecting a battle Friday night against Quincy.

"They are kind of a lot like us," said Parrish. "They have a lot of quick guards. They will play a 1-2-2 zone. Offensively, they have a lot of sets."

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