MOXEE - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds gave it everything they had last Friday, as they took on the Connell Eagles in the game that would decide which team would go on to the State tournament and which would finish its season.
Despite playing hard, the Lady 'Hounds fell short, losing the District tourney game to Connell, 66-52.
"We gave everything we had in that game," said Grandview Coach Adolfo Hinojosa.
He said his team played well against Connell, noting that the problem for Grandview came in the third quarter.
Hinojosa said the Lady 'Hounds made a handful of tiny mistakes during the third quarter, of which Connell was able to take advantage. The Eagles outscored Grandview 26-12 during the third quarter.
Grandview didn't simply throw in the towel after being outscored by the Eagles with one quarter left to play. Instead, the Lady 'Hounds hit the court with even more determination.
"We came out in the fourth quarter with a lot of fire," Hinojosa said.
He said his team was hitting their shots all night, adding that they shot 90 percent from the free-throw line.
"They never gave up at the end," Hinojosa said. "We just ran out of minutes."
He said the Lady 'Hounds pressed Connell the entire game, working them down the floor and making it hard for them to get off shots. According to Hinojosa, Connell shot 42 times during the game, compared to 63 shots put up by the Lady 'Hounds.
He said he was proud of the performance his team put in last Friday. He said the whole team came together to take on Connell, encouraging each other and helping each other out on the court.
Leading scorer for the Lady 'Hounds was senior Jessica Rodriguez, who scored 22 points for Grandview.
The loss to Connell means Grandview's season is over. Hinojosa said he was happy with his team's performance this year.
"I think it went really well," he said.
Hinojosa said he felt that his team (12-11) built on the foundation that was laid last year, and said he is already looking forward to next season.
Hinojosa said he should only lose two players when it comes time to put together a team next year. He noted that Rodriguez, who was named All-League first team, and senior Mari Cornejo, who was named All-League honorable mention, will be graduating this year.
"We were just inches from State," Hinojosa said. "We're going to be hungry next year."
Grandview 9 8 12 23 -52
Connell 12 10 26 18 -66
Grandview- J. Rodriguez 22, Cornejo 9, Hinojosa 8, Wysong 5, D. Rodriguez 5, Meza 3.