Tuesday, December 21, 2010
OTHELLO - The Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball rallied from an early deficit to surge past host Othello 55-38 in CWAC action this past Saturday.
Grandview trailed 20-12 after the first quarter, as the Huskies' all-everything Christine Kirkwood tallied 12 points in the opening frame.
Grandview Coach Paul Van Pelt switched to a man-to-man defense the rest of the way, with Payton Parrish given the task of stopping Kirkwood.
Parrish did just that, holding Othello's top scorer to just 3 points the rest of the way.
On offense, meanwhile, the Lady Greyhounds were just warming up. They used a 12-5 run to get back in the game, down 25-24 at halftime.
Grandview then turned on the after burners in the second half, going on a 31-13 tear over the third and fourth quarters combined.
During the pivotal second half run, Grandview shot 42 percent from the field - compared to just 22 percent in the first half. Othello, meanwhile, only connected on 10.7 percent of its second half shot attempts.
Over the final three quarters, Grandview actually held Othello to fewer points (18) than the Huskies scored in the first quarter alone.
"We got back into the game by playing some hard-nosed defense and shutting them down to 18 points in the last three quarters," Van Pelt said. "I had been stressing the need to get stops on defense and to make it difficult every single time down the floor for the other team's offense."
The coach added, "I was happy with the effort that we came out with after being down after the first quarter. The fact that we did not quit after being down shows the desire for success that this group of girls possesses - and that is something every coach wants to have in a team, players that never give up."
Parrish led a balanced Grandview attack with 19 points and teammate Marissa Caballero also had a nice, all-around game for the Lady 'Hounds with 17 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Parrish helped Grandview to a 42-to-28 rebounding edge with a game-high 14 boards.
Grandview (3-0, 4-1) returns to action tonight, Tuesday, against perennial league contender East Valley. "This showdown is going to be a very big game for us," Van Pelt said. "It will be a test to see how we compare to another CWAC powerhouse. The girls have been working very hard to prove themselves as contenders in the CWAC."