SPOKANE - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies ended their season last night with a heart breaking loss to the North Central Indians. After traveling four hours to the Spokane-area school, the Lady Grizzlies took awhile to warm up on the court and didn't get their heads into the Regional tournament game until the second half, finally losing to North Central by two points.
Sunnyside ended the night with a 59-57 loss to the Spokane-area school. Despite losing by only two-points, it wasn't always a close game for the Lady Grizzlies. At one point Sunnyside found itself trailing North Central by 17.
Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez said it took some time his team to get into the game last night. He noted that during the first quarter North Central outscored Sunnyside 21-11.
"We just weren't hitting our shots," Gomez said.
Sunnyside would continue having difficulties through the second quarter. Although the team scored a few more points it wasn't enough to get them even with North Central going into halftime.
"We put ourselves in a situation where we were falling behind," Gomez said.
But in the second half, Sunnyside came back to show North Central what it is made of. After intermission, the Lady Grizzlies managed to control the game, outscoring North Central 34-25.
"We made a game out of it," Gomez said.
He said during the second half his team played better, starting hitting their shots and putting a tough defense down against the opposing team.
Gomez said in the fourth quarter, with less than two minutes on the clock, the Lady Grizzlies managed to tie the score at 57. But in the end it was North Central's shot that went in as the final seconds ticked off the clock.
"It was a bad way to lose," Gomez said.
However, looking back at last night's game, Gomez said he still believes that his team was the better of the two.
"I thought we were just a little bit better than they were," Gomez said.
Helping the Lady Grizzlies come back against the Indians was junior Talia Spini, who scored 26 points for Sunnyside.
"I think that was her best game of the season," Gomez said of Spini.
Gomez said he thought Andrea Phillips, who scored 8 points for Sunnyside, also did well against the Spokane team.
It was senior Victoria Sarmiento that Gomez said did a good job on the defensive end for Sunnyside.
"She played a great defensive game for us," Gomez said of Sarmiento.
Gomez said looking back at the season, he is proud of his team and performances it put in. He said the Lady Grizzlies never gave up.
"We played some good games," Gomez said.
He added that the Lady Grizzlies (10-14) surprised a lot of teams this season, allowing themselves to fall short in the first half only to battle back for a win in the second half.
Gomez said he is already looking forward to next year.
"We can't wait," he said.