Wednesday, January 18, 2006
After four consecutive losses the Sunnyside girls got a much-needed boost to their confidence with a 68-44 win Tuesday night over the Quincy Jackrabbits.
"That's the nicest part," said Coach Leo Gomez of the outing. "We needed a win so bad."
Senior Talia Spini led the way for the Lady Grizzlies, dropping in a game-high 18 points. She also collected a game-high eight rebounds.
Vanessa Torbay was also in double-figures in the scoring column. Torbay scored 13 points in the victory.
Kayla Rollinger was the third Sunnyside player to reach double digits in scoring, with 10 points on the night.
Kerri Urrutia had 7 points, Alexis Ramos had 7 points, Shana Zamarron had 5 points, Fatima Ruelas had 3 points, Katie Wutzke had 3 points and Molly Dolan rounded out the scoring for the Grizzlies with 2 points on the night.
Gomez said he was pleased with the way things went last night.
The Lady Grizzlies built a 37-16 halftime lead. It was much of the same in the second half as, despite a 19-11 third quarter in Quincy's favor, Sunnyside outscored the Jackrabbits 31-28 in the second half.
The Lady Grizzlies also got over their poor free throw shooting woes, and were able to shoot above 50 percent from the charity stripe. Sunnyside connected on 18-of-27 attempts from the foul line.
Gomez said the win will give his players much-needed confidence going into their league clash with West Valley at home this Friday night.
"We're going to do our darn best to beat those guys," he said of the match-up with the Rams. "A win Friday night would be great."
The Grizzlies (1-5, 5-9) have six league contests left on their schedule and Gomez said he hopes his team can earn a playoff spot because he'd gladly welcome the underdog role in any district contest.
"We want to make the playoffs," he said. "We can play with anybody."
Friday will prove to be a big test for the Lady Grizzlies as West Valley is undefeated in the Mid-Valley League at 6-0.