MOXEE - The Grandview High School girls basketball team played host East Valley close for three quarters last night, but it wasn't enough to overcome a rough first quarter in a 57-42 CWAC first-round District game.
The Lady Greyhounds trailed in the Thursday night contest 15-4 after the first stanza and the die was cast for the rest of the game.
"We weren't aggressive, we were settling for long range shots," Grandview Coach Paul Van Pelt said of his team's early woes against the Red Devils.
It was a different Grandview team from that point though, as the Lady 'Hounds were outscored by just five points the rest of the way.
"After the first quarter we were with them the rest of the game," Van Pelt noted. "We were just moving the ball better, playing team defense, creating havoc for them. They (the Red Devils) were getting frustrated."
Though it was a rough night in the paint for Grandview, usually its strength, guard Jessica Lopez broke out of a recent slump with 15 points that included four-of-eight shooting from three-point land.
Post player Kinzi Poteet scored 16 points to lead Grandview, but her play in the paint was stymied by double and triple teaming that held her to 5-of-17 shooting from the field. "She continued to try and shoot, but she may have put a little too much on her shoulders," Van Pelt said of Poteet.
The Red Devils also managed to keep Anna George, another presence for Grandview in the paint, scoreless for the contest, though she did collect a team-high six rebounds. "That 10 points (season average) that she scores would have helped tremendously," Van Pelt observed.
Grandview (7-14) plays Selah tomorrow (Saturday) in a loser-out contest at Othello. "We'll play a pressing defense," Van Pelt said of stopping the Huskies. "We have to stop their guards."