EPHRATA - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds were in a loser-out match-up and won 48-37 against Ephrata last night.
Grandview Coach Paul Van Pelt said, "This was a great win for us. Ephrata had beaten us twice during the regular season, by three points and 10 points."
He said focus on the part of his team was the key to its success. "Their (the Lady 'Hounds) backs were against the wall...they had nothing to lose and they came out and played with a lot of confidence," he added.
Van Pelt credits the improvements largely to Grandview's defense. He said the team is communicating on the court and pressuring its opponents.
That defense kept Ephrata from scoring more than nine points in each of the first three quarters of last night's CWAC District game and moves the Lady Greyhounds into the second round. Ephrata's leading scorers, Kelsey Yenney and Mallory Lotz, were held to single digits, with a total of 11 points between the pair.
Grandview's Kinzi Poteet led the defensive charge with seven defensive rebounds and four steals. Offensively, she and Doris Lupercio scored 13 points apiece. Poteet also grabbed four offensive boards and Lupercio snatched a total six balls from the glass.
Jessica Lopez of the Lady 'Hounds tossed in 12 points and stole the ball from Ephrata three times. Teammate Gio Gomez contributed to the statistics, providing seven assists and forcing three turnovers, while Meghan Smasne grabbed five balls from the glass.
Grandview will travel to Othello this coming Thursday. "The (Huskies) were at our game...I'm sure they will be waiting for us," said Van Pelt.
Thursday's tip-off is at 7 p.m. Grandview (7-14) is now in a double-elimination round.