YAKIMA - They had been beaten two times this season by the Wapato Wolves. The first time by 17 points and the last time by nine.
Last Friday night though, on a neutral court at East Valley High School in Yakima, the Grandview Lady 'Hounds used a 16-12 third quarter to pad their lead enough to hold on for a 60-56 win over the Wolves and move on to the second round of District competition.
"I knew we could beat them and we finally did," Grandview Coach Tarah Troutman said. "It took that third time. The girls came together."
The win ended the Wolves' season and set up a second round District game between Grandview and the Ellensburg Bulldogs Thursday, March 1, at 6 p.m. at Selah High School.
Troutman said she told her team to just go out and play their best against Wapato.
"The best that they can play," she added.
They did just that.
Grandview's Kinzi Poteet and Cristina Meza responded as they usually do. Poteet drained 21 points on the night, shooting 10-for-13 from the floor, and Meza added 14 points. Still, Troutman said her team needed one more scorer to complement Meza and Poteet.
Instead of one she got two. Anna George and Danica Rodriguez stepped up with George putting in nine points and Rodriguez adding eight points and 10 assists.
With the extra help Grandview jumped to a 15-12 first quarter lead and were up 31-26 at halftime.
"Our defense played well," Troutman said. "We had a total of eight steals and forced them (Wapato) to the throw the ball away."
The Lady 'Hounds stayed tough in the third quarter, an area where Grandview has had trouble before. Instead of giving up their hard fought lead Grandview added to it in the third period, outscoring the Wolves 16-12 to take a 52-43 lead into the final stanza.
"We came out attacking in the third quarter and that was key to setting the tone," Troutman explained.
Wapato did outscore Grandview 13-8 in the fourth quarter but the damage had already been done and the Greyhounds were able to walk away with the win.
"The girls are excited," Troutman said. "It's fun to see them pleased with how they played."
Now they have to face an Ellensburg team that's also beaten them twice this season and Troutman said her team knows it's going to be a tough game.
"It's playoffs, you never know what will happen," she said. "That's why you play the game. We just have to take care of business."