GRANDVIEW - Some nights, nothing will fall. Such was the case for the Lady Greyhound basketball team Thursday evening.
Hitting only 3-of-28 shots from the field in the opening half, which led to just nine points by the time intermission rolled around, the Lady 'Hounds dropped a 34-30 decision to the visiting Toppenish Wildcats last night.
The loss gives Grandview a 4-2 record in CWAC league play, 5-3 overall on the season.
"This was a setback," said GHS Coach Paul Van Pelt.
"But I am still confident in my team and our ability to play the type of basketball that we are able to play," he quickly added.
Surprisingly, even with the poor field goal shooting on the part of the Lady 'Hounds, Grandview only trailed the Wildcats 13-9 at halftime. That was due in large part to Toppenish putting up some pretty horrific shooting numbers of its own. The 'Cats made just 3-of-16 shots from the field. The four-point halftime advantage enjoyed by Toppenish was the result of the Wildcats sinking 7-of-8 free throws, compared to Grandview's 3-for-5 effort from the charity stripe in the first two quarters.
Both clubs heated up in the third period, but riding the performance of Osiris Rodriguez, who finished with a game-high 14 points, Toppenish stretched its four-point halftime lead to 27-18 entering the final quarter of play.
"Our shooting allowed Toppenish to gradually pull away for three quarters," Van Pelt said.
Refusing to throw in the towel, the Lady Greyhounds stormed back with a vengeance in the final stanza. The catalyst in the late game charge was underclassman Payton Parrish. She ended up pushing in a team-best 13 points Thursday on 5-of-11 field goal numbers while making all three of her free throw attempts.
Grandview actually got to within a single point of the 'Cats, with less than 30 seconds remaining in the contest, and had a last-ditch chance to eke out the victory. The Lady 'Hounds worked the ball inside for a high percentage shot, but as had been the case for most of the night, it refused to drop through the cylinder.
"We got the play we wanted and got the ball down low, but we couldn't convert," said Van Pelt.
Besides leading Grandview in the scoring column, Parrish had the top numbers in the Lady Greyhounds' 42 to 33 rebounding advantage against Toppenish. She scraped a team-high 12 loose balls off the glass, five of them from the offensive boards. Teammates Gabby Montelongo and Karissa Trinidad also crashed the boards hard, making off with eight and five rebounds, respectively.
Toppenish's leading rebounder was Maria Ciriaco. She collected a game-high 13 caroms.
Overall for the game, Grandview shot at a 24 percent field goal clip (12-for-50). Those numbers included a 0-for-8 effort from behind the 3-point arc, seven of which were launched up by Marissa Caballero. She, along with teammates Jamile Shafer and Montelongo each had four-point efforts on the night to complement Parrish's 13-point performance.
Toppenish didn't fare much better in shooting the ball, getting just 28 percent of its field goal attempts to drop. The 'Cats were only 1-for-10 in 3-point shooting. Besides the 14 points canned by Rodriguez, Toppenish got a combined 12 points from Jaclyn Walker and Tara Bremer, and another four points from Ciriaco.
Van Pelt said the Grandview club will be able to get in three practices before next Tuesday's game at Wapato, explaining the team will "...continue to work on our fundamentals and execution of our game plan."
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Grandview's Shyann Guillen flicks a bounce pass around a Toppenish defender in last night's CWAC match-up, hosted by the Lady Greyhounds.