OTHELLO - The Othello High School boys basketball team has been trying to regain its court legs after getting a late start to the season, following the football team winning the 2A State title.
Well, it looks as if the Huskies are starting to find their step.
Othello gave Grandview all it wanted in a 68-52 loss to the Greyhounds this past Friday night.
"It was pretty tough," said Grandview Coach Scott Parrish of Friday night's game.
The Huskies caught Grandview off guard early in the game, bursting to a 12-5 lead.
"They were just beating us down the floor," said Parrish.
Parrish called a timeout and emphasized during the break the importance of his players getting back on transition. Parrish said Grandview turned it into a half-court game, with its defense rising to the occasion.
"Our half-court defense did a nice job," said Parrish.
The Greyhounds fought back from the early deficit to lead 13-12 at the end of the first quarter. Othello didn't score a basket for the final four minutes of the opening period.
The game went back and forth for the next two periods. Grandview won the second period 19-16 to lead by four at the break.
Grandview had to fend off Othello in the third quarter, squeaking out the period 20-17.
The Greyhounds, though, would explode in the fourth quarter, outscoring Othello 17-7 to run away with the game. Parrish said the Huskies were forced to foul down the stretch, as they couldn't cut into Grandview's lead.
Parrish said the problem Grandview had in the first half was that the Greyhounds took a lot of 3-point shots. Parrish said Grandview came up short on grabbing a number of the rebounds off the missed 3-pointers. In the second half, the Greyhounds were able to do a better job of taking the ball to the hoop. Parrish said when Othello would collapse on the inside his players did a nice job of kicking the ball outside to an open teammate.
Anthony Andrews had a terrific game for the Greyhounds, scoring a game-high 22 points. Andrews had five 3-pointers and was 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
The floor leader for the Greyhounds, James Vela, keeps on getting it done. Vela posted a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
The Greyhounds (5-1, 12-2) are in second place in the Central Washington Athletic Conference south division. Grandview has a chance to avenge an earlier season defeat to league leading Connell at home this Friday night. The Greyhounds host Toppenish on Saturday.