ELLENSBURG - In Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez's mind, his players just didn't show up to play Tuesday night.
The Lady Grizzlies were outplayed from the get-go, dropping a 72-41 Mid-Valley League contest.
The Grizzlies (0-2, 3-5) got one bit of good news, the return of senior Talia Spini, who was cleared to play by a doctor just prior to Tuesday's game, Gomez said.
Spini dropped in a team-high 14 points in the Grizzlies' loss. She also collected a team-high eight boards.
Spini, however, missed a lot of free throws toward the end of the game and Gomez said that frustrated her.
Gomez said his team's long layoff, which stretched back to Dec. 20 when Sunnyside hosted Quincy in a non-league game, contributed to his team's poor performance Tuesday night.
"We haven't played for about two weeks," Gomez said. "So that's going to make a difference."
And make a difference it did. Ellensburg played several games over the break, which Gomez said helped them considerably and hurt the Grizzlies.
"That makes a big difference," Gomez said.
He also said after having so many practices with his players just playing against each other, it was hard to get back up to game speed on the varsity level.
"It was just hard to get into the game," he said.
Another bright spot for the Grizzlies was the play of junior Kerri Urrutia, Gomez said.
Urrutia dropped in nine points and collected three rebounds.
"Kerri Urrutia; she did a really good job," Gomez said.
Gomez said his team needs to do a lot better job blocking out. That's a big thing his team will work on this week, he said.
"They just need to realize that's part of the game," Gomez said of his players.
Gomez gave the Bulldogs credit, but said he didn't think they were as good a team as they looked on the court Tuesday night.
"They're not a 30-point team," he said of the 31-point loss. "I know that for a fact."
Sunnyside's Vanessa Torbay also contributed in the scoring column with seven points. She also had a team-high three steals.
Fatima Ruelas had six points in the loss. Katie Wutzke and Molly Dolan each had two points. Kayla Rollinger rounded out the scoring for Sunnyside with one point.
This coming weekend the Grizzlies have a tough pair of league games, Gomez said.
Sunnyside hosts Selah this Friday night and then hosts Hanford Saturday.
Gomez said the Hanford game will be particularly tough because the Falcons have been picked to win the league title.
With poor road conditions, Gomez said he wanted to thank parents who made the trip to Ellensburg Tuesday night. He said his team enjoyed the support.