In a battle of CWAC South unbeatens, Grandview's boys basketball team knocked off Naches 68-52 this past Friday.
The Greyhounds used a 26-9 third quarter tear to break open a see-saw game and secure the key home victory in a contest featuring two teams ranked in the state 2A top ten.
Grandview Coach Scott Parrish said there were seven or eight lead changes in the first half alone.
The Rangers clung to a two-point lead through the first quarter and led by the same margin, 31-29, at halftime.
"The kids take a lot of pride in defending our home court," Parrish observed. "And they realized they better get things going if they wanted to win."
Grandview got going, all right.
Sparked by Anthony Andrews' pair of three-point buckets, the 'Hounds went on the game-turning third quarter run.
Grandview was a torrid four-of-five from beyond the three-point line in the second half, and shot a hair under 50 percent overall.
Keyed by Nate Zavala's four steals, the Greyhounds' pressure defense forced Naches into 21 turnovers for the game.
"We just came out after halftime and played with a lot of energy," said Parrish. "The defensive pressure caused some turnovers and gave us some open looks the other way."
Even so, Grandview struggled to slow down Naches' big man Matt Clark, who poured in 21 points-the only Ranger in double figures-and collected 10 rebounds.
"He was tough, he got a lot of points off of offensive rebounds," Parrish noted.
Zavala, who scored 13 points, led Grandview with eight rebounds.
James Vela sparked the Greyhound offense with a team-high 19 points to go with six rebounds and three assists.
Andrews added 14, and Schrank hauled down seven rebounds to go with seven points.
The road didn't get any easier on Saturday when Grandview traveled to second-place East Valley.
"I knew we were going to have our hands full," Parrish said of the 61-50 Greyhound win. "They only had one league loss."
True to form, the game was close as the 'Hounds mustered a 13-11 first quarter lead.
But Grandview's stingy defense reaped dividends in the second quarter with a 13-4 run.
Anthony Andrews shut down the Red Devils' leading scorer, Drew Edgerly, to just one point and one shot for the entire first half.
"Anthony played great defense, he contested all his shots," Parrish said of Andrews, who held Edgerly to just four points for the game, well below his 15 to 20 point average.
At the same time, the Greyhound offense got a shot in the arm from sixth man C.J. Lopez, who blistered the net for 11 points in the second stanza.
For the game, Lopez was four-of-five from behind the arc and six-of-seven overall for a team-high 17 points.
That gave Grandview a 26-15 halftime lead, and the 'Hounds made the margin stand up.
"This was a big weekend for us," Parrish said of the wins over two teams expected to challenge Grandview for the CWAC South crown.
"It's a nice position to be in," Parrish said of the one-game lead over Naches and two-game margin over East Valley. "But things can turn around in a hurry if we don't focus.
"The kids know they're one of the top teams in league," Parrish added. "They got to that position through hard work. The other teams will improve, though, and we have to do the same."
Grandview (5-0, 11-2) hosts Othello this Friday in another CWAC South match-up.