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Lady 'Hounds drop two league games

Grandview's Lady 'Hounds fell to the East Valley Red Devils this past Friday, 66-37, followed by a 49-44 loss to Othello on Saturday.

"East Valley showed us why they were the fifth ranked team in the state," said Grandview Coach Paul Van Pelt. "They are a very well coached team and beat us in all phases of the game."

The Red Devils were 27-for-46 from the field, but the Lady 'Hounds did manage to outrebound East Valley 26 to 21.

"We let them do whatever they wanted until the fourth quarter when we decided to play some ball," Van Pelt said. At the tail end of the game, the Lady 'Hounds held the Devils to four points while scoring 14.

Gaby Montelongo's five steals and Monica Walls' two blocks for Grandview weren't enough to hold back the Red Devils who, in the third quarter, scored 32 points.

Lady 'Hound Payton Parrish notched nine points, 10 rebounds and one assist for Grandview while Walls and Montelongo scored six points apiece. Walls had four rebounds and Montelongo tallied two.

Despite the loss, Van Pelt said Grandview played a better game than the first match up this season against the Red Devils. But, he added, "We must continue to get better at taking care of the ball."

Saturday night, Othello's Kylee Mollotte and Christine Kirkwood scored all but three of Othello's 49 points in the win against Grandview.

"It was the tale of two teams," Van Pelt said. "The first half we were slow on defense, didn't close out shooters and let them do whatever they wanted to do.

"In the second half, we were the aggressive ones, going to the basket and making things happen on both ends of the floor."

Parrish notched a double-double, scoring a team high 17 points and tallying 15 rebounds. Teammate Gio Gomez contributed seven points and had two rebounds.

"In the second half, we were able to put on some pressure that got us back in the game," Van Pelt said. "At halftime, the score was 31 to 13. We outscored them 31 to 18 in the second half."

Van Pelt said if the Lady 'Hounds had been given just one more minute of play, they could've pulled out a victory and for that he's proud. But, he said, "I told the girls we can't dig ourselves into a hole like that every time."

The Lady 'Hounds (3-9, 4-10) next play Quincy and Ephrata at home this coming Friday and Saturday.

In order to put Grandview back in the running for a playoff game, Van Pelt said, "The girls are going to have to come with that same intensity I saw in the second half of the Othello game."

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