GRANDVIEW - With the addition of 3A schools Ellensburg, Prosser and Wapato it's a new 2A CWAC South this year.
That's a reality the Grandview boys basketball team faced last weekend in a 65-61 home loss to Prosser on Friday and a 63-51 defeat at Wapato on Saturday.
Back-to-back CWAC losses are rare for the Greyhound boys. In fact, Coach Scott Parrish, now in his ninth year at the Grandview helm, said he can't remember the last time his team lost back-to-back CWAC contests.
Things started promising enough for Grandview on Friday night, as the Greyhounds surged to a 7-0 lead over Lower Valley rival Prosser.
But the visiting Mustangs went on a 34-18 tear the rest of the first half to forge a 34-25 lead at intermission.
Grandview chipped into the deficit during the third stanza, pulling to within 47-41 heading into the final quarter.
Overcoming Prosser's height advantage-Grandview was outrebounded 45-35 for the game-the Greyhounds grabbed a 59-58 lead with two minutes to play in the contest.
With less than a minute to play and trailing 60-59, Grandview had a chance to regain the lead but missed a pair of free throw attempts.
The Greyhounds had other scoring chances down the stretch, including some lay-ups, but couldn't connect enough to top Prosser.
Nick Sears led Grandview with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go with three blocked shots. C.J. Lopez also tallied 14 points for the 'Hounds, and teammate A.J. Valencia added 13.
"We played really well, but Prosser had a nice game," Parrish said. "They're a lot better than a .500 team (Prosser's record heading into Friday night). "They're going to be one of the top teams in the league."
Prosser may be one of the top teams in the CWAC South, but at Wapato the Greyhounds went up against what Parrish called "the best team in the league", noting that the Wolves "are loaded" with both height and the league's best point guard in Jim Smiscon.
In almost a repeat from the Friday night game, Grandview started well, faltered in the second quarter and struggled at the charity stripe. Grandview shot a combined 50 percent from the free throw line for the two games.
The Greyhounds led 19-14 after one quarter, only to see Wapato turn the tables in the second stanza with a 14-5 run for a 28-24 lead at the half.
Grandview withstood a 10-2 Wapato run to open the third quarter and stayed within striking distance, down 44-39 entering the final quarter.
The Wolves sealed the win in the fourth, though, working around Grandview's halfcourt defense.
Smiscon scored 15 points and dished out seven assists to pace Wapato's attack.
Grandview was led by Sears and Valencia, who each tallied 14 points. C.J. Lopez scored 12 for the Greyhounds, while teammate Adrian Perez led Grandview in the paint with seven boards.
Parrish also praised the play of starting guard Frankie Medina, who overcame knee pain to tally a combined four points, five assists and two steals in the two games.
Even with the back-to-back losses, Parrish remains proud of his players.
"It really spoke to their character the way they came out and played hard against Wapato after losing to Prosser the night before," Parrish said.
Grandview (6-2, 8-2) traveled to the Yakima SunDome this morning (Monday) to play Chelan at the annual Tourneytown.com basketball invite.
"This game's just for the kids to have fun and enjoy the atmosphere of the SunDome," Parrish said of today's non-league contest. "I want them to try and improve and get better, but to also relax and enjoy it.