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Turnovers costly for 'Hounds in District tournament opener

PROSSER - After playing the Prosser Mustangs tough the first two times this season, the Grandview Greyhounds made poor decisions last night and let the Mustangs run away with a 64-44 win in the CWAC District tournament.

"We really threw the ball away," Grandview Coach Tarah Troutman said.

Coupled with 17 steals by the Prosser defense, the Lady 'Hounds turned the ball over an astronomical 27 times last night.

"Prosser has a great defense," Troutman said. "They executed very well and we made a lot of mistakes."

She said her team seemed jittery in the first quarter but by the second quarter had settled down.

"There were sparks when we were playing well," she said.

Grandview managed to close to within eight points before halftime.

To start the second half Grandview started to turn the ball over again. Troutman said although her girls played well it was the turnovers that were the downfall of her team.

Grandview got outscored 15-7 in the fourth quarter and had a hard time getting anything going offensively.

The Greyhounds were led by Kinzi Poteet with 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocked shots. Cristina Meza finished with 11 points.

Claire Raap had 23 points and seven steals to lead the Prosser Mustangs. Teammate Jordan Brown added 16 points.

Prosser out rebounded Grandview 37 to 33.

Despite the loss the Greyhounds (6-15) still have an opportunity to get to State. The District tournament is a double-elimination format and Grandview will get another shot this Friday, Feb. 23, when the club takes on Wapato at 6 p.m. at East Valley High School.

Win and the girls will continue in District play, lose and the Greyhounds' season will be over.

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