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Sunnyside High girls open 2008-09 campaign

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Sunnyside's Alina Villa (L), Toni Castillo (center) and Destiny Maya (R) swarm to the ball as Sunnyside Christian's Janelle DeGroot gets the ball inside the key.

GRANDVIEW - There's a reason high school basketball teams play jamborees. To find out where they are at on the court and what needs to be worked on.

What the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies found out is they need a whole lot more work on their offense, but defensively they remain sound.

Sunnyside dropped two mini-games last night at the Grandview Jamboree. The Grizzlies fell to Sunnyside Christian High School by a score of 28-13 and then lost to the host Greyhounds, 31-24.

"Our girls are trying to get used to a new offense," Sunnyside Assistant Coach Brandi Berg explained. "They weren't really getting it."

Sunnyside played two 10-minute halves against SCHS and Grandview. The first half was played by Sunnyside's 'B' squad, or its younger players. The second half was played by the Sunnyside varsity.

It wasn't pretty for the 'B' squad in the SCHS game. The Lady Grizzlies fell behind 18-4 after the first 10-minute period. During that time the Lady Grizzlies went 0-for-2 from the free throw line.

Sunnyside's 'A' squad fared better, outscoring the Lady Knights 10-9 in their half. The 'A' squad had trouble from the free throw line as well, going 0-for-8.

"They were much more aggressive than last year," Berg said of her varsity players. "Our problem was we couldn't find the hole."

She added that her team shot half a dozen or so three-point shots but missed all of them.

"They were charging the basket and getting fouled," she said. "But they just couldn't finish."

She pointed out the play of Samantha Wright, who had five points in the game.

"She did a great job," she said. "She always is in the right spot."

Berg also pointed out the play of Katie Wutzke in the second half, adding she did a good job of being aggressive at the basket.

In the Grandview game Sunnyside played better but still came up on the short end.

The junior varsity players give the Grizzlies a 12-8 lead after the first half.

"They did better controlling the ball and being aggressive towards the basket," Berg said of her 'B' squad.

This was despite the size of the Greyhounds. Berg said there were two girls over six feet on Grandview's 'B' squad and that gave the Lady Grizzlies trouble.

Kaylynn Jongsma led the Grizzlies in the first half with five points.

The Grizzlies' 'A' squad had trouble with the height of Grandview as well, getting outscored 23-12 in the second half.

"We weren't as aggressive as in the first game," Berg said. "I think maybe the girls got tired."

As a team the Grizzlies shot better from the charity stripe against Grandview. The 'B' squad was 3-for-4 from the free throw line while the 'A' squad shot 4-for-6.

Wutzke added seven points for the Grizzlies in the Grandview game.

Berg said her team needs to work on its offense and its defensive rotation.

"A lot of it's going to be repetition of what they've already been doing," she said.

She said the Grizzlies' head coach, Eric Berg, said that the team needs to shake off the cob webs.

"They played hard but they need to continue to work hard at practice," she added.

The Lady Grizzlies will start their regular season this Friday, Dec. 5, when they travel to Kennewick to take on the Kamiakin Braves at 7:30 p.m.

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