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S'side girls fall to West Valley

Despite a 12-6 opening quarter in favor of Sunnyside, the Lady Grizzlies fell 57-29 to West Valley this past Friday night.

"We need to do that for four quarters," said Sunnyside Coach Leo Gomez.

The Sunnyside loss keeps the Lady Grizzlies in the Mid-Valley League cellar, having won just one game so far in their league contests.

With the win, the Rams remain perfect in the Mid-Valley League.

Though the game looked to be going in Sunnyside's favor early, the first quarter was the only one the Rams would be outscored in as they held the Grizzlies to single-digits in each of the following three quarters.

West Valley outscored the Grizzlies 14-5, 18-7 and 19-5 in the final three stanzas to take the impressive win home to Yakima.

"They didn't come out and play with a lot of intensity," said Gomez of his players.

Gomez said he didn't think there was much positive to take away from the game.

No Sunnyside player was able to crack double-digit scoring.

Lady Grizzly freshman Katie Wutzke came the closest. She led the team in scoring, dropping in 9 points on the night.

Vanessa Torbay and Talia Spini had 7 points apiece in the losing effort. Kerri Urritia and Molly Dolan rounded out the scoring for the Lady Grizzlies with 4 points and 2 points, respectively.

Despite their position in league, Gomez said he's told his team they're not out of the playoff picture yet.

In the Mid-Valley League six of the seven teams make the District tournament.

Gomez's team needs to only overtake Selah or Wapato in the league standings to move into a playoff spot. The Grizzlies face Selah and Wapato again before the league schedule comes to a close.

"I always get my kids ready to play in the playoffs," Gomez said.

But the road to the playoffs could be a tough one. The Grizzlies (1-6, 5-10) travel to face third-place Hanford Tuesday night before hosting second-place Ellensburg this Friday night.

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