S'side girls drop a pair of games

Against Wapato this past Friday night, the Sunnyside girls basketball team suffered a heartbreaker.

Wapato's Joey Estrada made just one shot all night, but it was the game winner.

The Lady Grizzlies dropped the Mid-Valley League contest 56-55, with Estrada's shot being the difference maker in that game.

The Lady Grizzlies were down seven points at halftime, but fought back with a strong second half to take the lead late in the game.

But poor free throw shooting spelled the end for the Grizzlies as they were able to make just 8-of-21 from the charity stripe.

"We missed our foul shots and they made their key shots down the stretch," said Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez.

For the Grizzlies, Talia Spini and Fatima Ruelas each had 11 points on the scoring column. Kerri Urritia had a team-high 18 points for her team.

Gomez said he was impressed with Spini's performance that night.

"Talia Spini had a good game that night," he said.

But down the stretch, the Grizzlies began to fall apart.

"We just broke down mentally," Gomez said. "It was a rough game."

And that game carried over to Saturday night, he said.

The Grizzlies, experiencing what might be called a hangover from the previous night's heartbreaking loss, were trounced by 2A East Valley 84-35.

The lone bright spot for the Grizzlies this past Saturday was the play of Spini, who was able to drop in a game-high 21 points against the Red Devils.

Spini also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and blocked two shots.

Spini was the only one in double-digits in the scoring column as Ruelas was the team's second leading scorer with just four points.

Vanessa Torbay, Kayla Rollinger and Shana Zamarron each had three points in the team's blowout loss.

"It really wasn't much of a game offensively from our team," Gomez said.

Gomez attributed the loss to the fact that his team was still thinking about the previous night's game.

"Mentally, you're still thinking about that game," he said.

Gomez said his team really needs to get back on track and he hopes they can do so this week.

"We just need a win," he said.

The Grizzlies host West Valley in a Mid-Valley League clash this Friday night, but first will host Quincy this Tuesday in a non-league match-up.


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