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Grandview's hopes of 2A State berth die with 44-39 District loss to Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG - The third time wasn't the charm for the Grandview girls basketball team. The Lady Greyhound hoopsters saw their season come to an end with a heart-breaking 44-39 loss to the Ellensburg Bulldogs last night in the District tournament.

Ellensburg defeated Grandview in their previous two match-ups earlier this season.

Lady 'Hound Coach Paul Van Pelt said his team began the game slowly, failing to pressure the Bulldogs. "We played a soft defense in the first half," he said.

"The girls were reacting late," he added.

The first quarter ended with a 10-2 lead for the Bulldogs and at the half Grandview was down by 12 points.

The Lady Greyhounds stepped up the intensity and desire to win the loser-out playoff game. "We realized we had to wake up and in the second half the team was aggressive to the basket, finishing shots," said Van Pelt.

Doris Lupercio was the leading scorer for Grandview with 15 points. She also had eight boards.

Lady 'Hound Kinzi Poteet was held to nine points, but grabbed 12 balls from the glass. She ended her career at Grandview High School with an overwhelming 1,207 points to her record.

Grandview's Jessica Lopez tossed in five points. "She had a bad night of shooting and we couldn't sink our three-point baskets," commented Van Pelt.

He said the team also suffered due to Grandview's 15 turnovers in the first half of the game. The Lady 'Hounds ended the evening with 23 turnovers overall.

Meghan Smasne and Gabby Montelongo each scored four points. Smasne garnered four boards.

"I am really proud the girls ended on a positive note and it's all we could ask for...they went out fighting instead of giving up," said Van Pelt.

The Lady Greyhounds ended the season with an overall record of 7-16.

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