The Lady Grizzlies had a rough weekend, losing games against both Hanford and Selah this past Friday and Saturday nights. Sunnyside lost against the Vikings in the fourth quarter and had to fight to keep up with the Falcons, losing a close game Saturday night.
The Lady Grizzlies trailed the Hanford team for most of Saturday's game, finishing with a 47-43 loss.
Although Sunnyside was behind for much of the match-up, they were able to keep pace with the Falcons, even coming back to take a 1-point lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But the last minute scoring rush wasn't enough to put the Lady Grizzlies over the top.
"We just didn't protect the ball that well," said Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez. "We went away from the offense we've been practicing."
Gomez said he takes the blame for his team's loss to Hanford.
"I didn't have my kids prepared for the game," he said.
Gomez said the Lady Grizzlies are a lot better team than their 1-3 league record shows.
"I just need to push them a little harder and have them ready for every game," he said.
Gomez said overall he was happy to see that his team didn't give up against Hanford.
"That's one thing about my girls, they just don't give up," he said.
Sophomore Kerri Urrutia, who scored 10 points, was one of the girls who helped Sunnyside keep up with the Falcons.
"Kerri Urrutia did a great job scoring for us," Gomez said. "She played hard."
Gomez added Talia Spini also worked hard for the Lady Grizzlies.
"Talia Spini had another good game for us," Gomez said about the junior, who scored 11 points for Sunnyside.
The loss to Hanford came just one night after losing to the Selah Vikings.
Gomez said his team came out strong against Selah, but it wasn't enough for the Lady Grizzlies to come out of it with a win. Sunnyside lost by a score of 57-50.
"Everything was going our way," Gomez said about the first half of the Selah game. He noted that Sunnyside was up 34-24 at halftime.
"We just didn't do a good job in the second half," he said.
Gomez said both the third and fourth quarters the Lady Grizzlies were having trouble making their shots. The team scored just 16 points in the last half.
"We just didn't do anything we did in the first half in the second half," Gomez said.
He said looking back he thinks his team was overconfident going into the game against the Vikings. Gomez added that confidence peaked when the Lady Grizzlies held a 10-point lead at intermission.
Gomez said he blames himself for the loss to the Vikings.
"I was just overconfident that we'd pull it off like we have done before," Gomez said.
Senior Andrea Phillips helped in the Grizzlies' effort against Selah by putting 25 points on the board, her career high.
Gomez said he felt that senior Erica Mendez also had a good game Friday. Mendez scored 12 points for Sunnyside.
The Lady Grizzlies (1-3, 5-5) will take to the court tonight (Tuesday) for another league match-up at Prosser.
Sunnyside 29 14 8 8 -50
Selah 9 15 12 21 -57
Sunnyside-Phillips 25, Rivera 2, Sarmiento 0, Alvarez 0, Urrutia 8, Caballero 0, Ruelas 2, Mendez 12, Haringa 0, Pangle 0, Spini 2.
Sunnyside 9 7 14 13 -43
Hanford 11 12 11 13 -47
Sunnyside-Phillips 6, Rivera 0, Sarmiento 6, Alvarez 0, Caballero 0, Urrutia 10, Ruelas 0, Mendez 7, Haringa 3, Pangle 0, Spini 11.