Grandview girls continue to struggle

GRANDVIEW - Poor shooting and playing well in only three of four quarters doomed the Lady Greyhounds as they lost to the Naches Rangers last Friday night 63-45.

Grandview came out strong and played well against Naches to trail after one quarter, 16-12. In the second quarter it was all Naches as they out scored the Greyhounds 16-6 in the quarter and took a 32-18 halftime lead.

"Naches used their speed to score on us quickly," Grandview Coach Adolfo Hinojosa said. "We played great team defense and outworked them for three quarters but that one quarter hurt us."

The Greyhounds tried to fight back but the damage they sustained in the second quarter was too much for them to overcome. The Rangers outscored Grandview 17-13 in the third quarter and both teams had 14 points apiece in the final quarter.

"Defensively, we did what we wanted against Naches," Hinojosa said. "We did a good job."

Grandview shot 34 percent from the field and was 4-for-10 from the free throw line. They did sink seven three-pointers on 7-for-22 shooting from behind the arc.

Danica Rodriguez led the Greyhounds with 18 points. Cristina Meza had 6 points with 3 rebounds and Anna George finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds. Kinzi Poteet added 4 points and 5 rebounds.

Jordan Huck led the Rangers with 18 points and 6 rebounds while Monique Wickenhan had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Megan Mortimer also finished with double figures for the Rangers. She had 13 points and 3 rebounds.

In Grandview's second game of the weekend, the Greyhounds traveled to East Valley to take on the Red Devils.

The Lady Greyhounds had a devil of a time handling East Valley as the Red Devils dominated this game, winning 77-25.

"East Valley is a very strong team and they are well balanced," Hinojosa said. "There is a reason they are ranked number one in the state."

The Red Devils came out on fire and romped to a 22-7 first quarter lead. After a 16-4 second quarter, East Valley led 38-11 at halftime.

The second half didn't get any better for the Lady Greyhounds as East Valley came out in the third playing where they left off in the first half. The Red Devils outscored Grandview 20-8 in the third quarter and 19-6 in the fourth.

"We played much better in this game," Hinojosa said. "We had the winning attitude tonight but East Valley is everything that's said about them."

The Greyhounds turned the ball over 38 times in the contest and fouled East Valley 19 times.

Poteet led the Greyhounds with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Meza had 7 points and 3 rebounds.

"We didn't respond to their run," Hinojosa said. "I'm very proud how we played this weekend. There are things we need to work on but we are looking better."

The Lady Greyhounds (0-5, 1-12) host Othello this Friday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m.


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