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Second half play does in Lady 'Hounds

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Grandview's Kinzi Poteet (L) goes up for two of her 18 points during Friday's game against the Othello Huskies.

GRANDVIEW - Coming into this past weekend's play, the Grandview Greyhounds knew Othello and East Valley were going to be tough games, but Grandview Coach Tarah Troutman thought her team could get at least one win over the weekend.

It wasn't to be as the Lady Hounds put in sub-par performances in the third quarter of both games to lose 84-64 to the Othello Huskies on Friday and 69-55 on Saturday against the East Valley Red Devils.

Against the Huskies the Lady Hounds played well in the first half.

"Our offense was running well," Troutman said. "We were getting the ball inside."

Grandview was down just 16-12 after one quarter but then things got a little sloppy in the second quarter. Othello increased its lead early on in the second quarter but a late rally by Grandview enabled the Greyhounds to close to within five points at halftime.

Troutman said her team came out flat in the third quarter against the Huskies and were not aggressive enough. She said it is common for teams to come out a little flat in the third quarter.

"We need to find a way to come our ready after halftime," she said.

The Lady Hounds also couldn't stop Othello's Courtney Kirkwood in the third quarter. Kirkwood would finish the night with 43 points.

The lead jumped as high as 20 points for the Huskies in the third quarter until Grandview came back and cut the lead to 12 at the end of the period.

In the fourth quarter the Lady Hounds put 21 points on the board but allowed the Huskies to score 29, ending any hope of a come-from-behind win.

"We kept coming after them," Troutman said.

The Greyhounds were missing senior Anastasia Andrews due to an injury. Troutman said having her gone hurt the Greyhounds on defense. Because of Andrews' injury, freshman Giovanni Gomez was brought up to play on the varsity team.

"She's amazingly quick," Troutman said of Gomez. "I'm really excited having her up with us."

Kinzi Poteet and Cristina Meza led the Lady Hounds with 18 points each. Meza snagged five rebounds and Poteet grabbed eight for the night. Danica Rodriguez and Raissa Licano both had eight points and four rebounds for Grandview.

As a team Grandview shot 36 percent from the floor, turned the ball over 25 times and shot 16-for-30 (53 percent) from the charity stripe.

On Saturday the Lady Hounds hosted East Valley and came out playing well in the first half.

Troutman said the Red Devils employed a full-court press but the Greyhounds were able to handle it. Grandview was outscored 18-10 in the first quarter but came back to outscore East Valley 14-9 in the second quarter.

Down by only three points at halftime, the game swung East Valley's way after intermission.

"We couldn't handle their press," Troutman said. "We weren't making our cuts. We would try to dribble through the press rather than pass the ball."

This, Troutman said, led to too many turnovers for the Greyhounds. What was a three-point deficit turned into a 23-point lead by the Red Devils.

The Grandview girls won the fourth quarter, outscoring East Valley 12-5, but it was too late.

Poteet and Meza again led the Greyhound scorers. Poteet finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Meza contributed 12 points.

Meza also held East Valley's leading scorer, Arianna Mohsenian, to just four points in the game.

The Greyhounds shot 43 percent from the field and 55 percent from the free throw line. They turned the ball over 33 times compared with East Valley only turning the ball over 14 times.

Grandview (1-2, 2-3) will travel to Ellensburg Friday, Dec. 22, for a 6 p.m. game with the Bulldogs.

"We're going to play our game and do the best we can and see what happens."

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