GRANDVIEW - After a slow start on offense and defense the Grandview girls basketball team kicked it up a notch and beat the visiting Ki-Be Bears 61-27 last Saturday.
The Bears jumped to a 14-9 first quarter lead.
"We weren't playing defense," Grandview Coach Tarah Troutman said. "At the break I told them they have to sell out and play defense."
That was all the Grandview girls needed to hear as the rest of the game they did just that. The defense created of lot of the Grandview offense, Troutman said.
In the second quarter the Lady 'Hounds outscored the Bears 18-6 to take a 27-20 lead at halftime.
"The guards were working their butts off," Troutman said. "They were creating steals which led to points."
She said the offensive points were spread out with everybody contributing.
In the third quarter the Grandview defense came out even more aggressive.
"We rebounded a lot better in the second half than we did in the first half," Troutman added.
The tough defense allowed Grandview to outscore the Bears 18-2 in the third quarter and 16-5 in the fourth.
Kinzi Poteet led the Grandview players with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Danica Rodriguez had 16 points for the Lady 'Hounds and Cristina Meza contributed 13 points as well. Anna George put up six points and Anastasia Andrews and Christine Penwell each had two points.
The Lady 'Hounds shot 12-for-24 at the free-throw line while Ki-Be was 5-for-10 at the charity stripe.
"We're going to work on rebounding and some defense as a team," Troutman explained. "It was a great win but we need to work on the little things to become a great, all-around team."
Grandview (0-0, 1-0) will travel to play Granger this Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.