Playing the first half of each game with JV players and the second half with varsity, the Sunnyside girls basketball team split a pair of contests in its season opening home jamboree last night.
The games, which will not count on Sunnyside's official season record, saw the Lady Grizzlies lose to Prosser 49-16 in the opener and defeat Sunnyside Christian 33-27 in the nightcap.
Vanessa Torbay, one of Sunnyside coach Leo Gomez's two returning starters, paced the Lady Griz with a combined 13 points and six rebounds for the two games.
Kayla Rollinger was Sunnyside's top rebounder in the two games, hauling down a combined eight boards.
Other Sunnyside contributors were Megan Tyler and Sarasa Partida with six points each for the two games, along with Kelsey Rollinger and Alisa Sanchez, who had five rebounds each.
Sunnyside's other returning starter, Katie Wutzke, had four boards for the tourney.
"Jamborees like this are good for us because everybody gets a chance to play," said Gomez.
In game one, Gomez said the 3A Sunnyside girls struggled to hit a shot against 2A Prosser, who he feels will likely advance to the State tourney.
In game two, the Lady Grizzlies turned a narrow halftime lead of 16-15 forged by the JV team into a win over 1B Sunnyside Christian. Torbay led the way for Sunnyside, scoring six points in the third stanza against the Knights to help the Lady Grizzlies to a 27-23 advantage heading into the final stanza.
"I'm really pleased with my kids, how they responded in the second game," Gomez said of this team's spirit following the lopsided loss to Prosser.
"We're young, but if these kids work hard we're going to be all right, a lot better than people realize," Gomez observed.
He said getting a win at last night's jamboree was key as the team heads to regular season play this weekend against Moses Lake and Davis, both 4A schools.
"We're going to have to grow up real fast," Gomez said.