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S'side girls lose double-OT thriller to rival Prosser

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Sunnyside's Kerri Urrutia goes up for a shot with Prosser's Callie Mercer in her face. Urrutia had 11 points in the double-overtime loss.

Thirty-two minutes of basketball just wasn't enough to decide things Tuesday night as Prosser and Sunnyside were deadlocked at 61 when the buzzer sounded at the end of regulation.

Even an extra period wasn't enough as the scoreboard showed a pair of 73s following the first overtime.

But the second overtime proved to be the clincher as the Mustangs were able to take an 83-79 Mid-Valley League victory home to Prosser.

Free throws were huge down the stretch as Prosser's Jordan Brown was able to make five of her six attempts in the extra time. Brown also hit a big three-pointer at the end of the first overtime to even the score, and ultimately give Prosser the victory.

On the Sunnyside side, free throws killed the Grizzlies. Sunnyside made just 41 percent of its free throw attempts, going 17-of-41 from the charity stripe.

The game was rough. Fouls slowed the pace of the game, and both teams were over the foul limit in the first half just halfway through the second period.

"We're not like that," Gomez said. "We don't try to reach in."

Sunnyside Coach Gomez said he tried to get his team to relax from the line late in the game, but the Grizzlies still couldn't make enough free throws to pull out the victory.

"I told my girls, if you can't make free throws, you can't win games," he said.

Sunnyside senior Talia Spini had a game-high 18 points, but fouled out late in the game, which hurt the Grizzlies' offense. Spini also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

"You have to go to your bench," Gomez said of when players foul out. "Prosser went to their bench and their players stepped up."

Freshman Katie Wutzke had a big night for the Grizzlies. Wutzke had 13 points in the losing effort.

Senior Fatima Ruelas also had a big game for the Grizzlies, contributing 14 points in the scoring column. Ruelas came up one board short of a double-double, collecting nine rebounds on the night.

Vanessa Torbay scored 12 points, Kerri Urrutia had 11, Kayla Rollinger had 6 and Molly Dolan rounded out the scoring for the Grizzlies with 5 points on the night.

With the loss, the Lady Grizzlies (1-4, 4-7) have a tough uphill battle ahead of them in the Mid-Valley League.

Gomez said he told his players they want to win these types of games to be home for the first round of postseason play.

"Sometime down the road, it's going to haunt us," Gomez said.

He also said his team needs to get out of its free throw shooting slump. In its last two games, Sunnyside has hit just under 50 percent of its free throws. Gomez said that's not going to win a lot of games.

"We just need to get out of our little slump of hitting foul shots," he said.

The Grizzlies have a pair of road games this weekend as they travel to Wapato for a Mid-Valley League game this Friday, and travel to Moxee this Saturday night for a non-league game.

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