GRANDVIEW - Jamborees aren't supposed to be about winning. A jamboree is used by coaches to get a gauge on their team and see where they are at.
At last night's jamboree in Grandview the Sunnyside High School girls basketball team was able to do exactly that and identified some key areas that need work as the Lady Grizzles fell to Sunnyside Christian and Grandview.
"It wasn't too bad," Sunnyside Coach Rick Puente said of last night's jamboree. "We've got some things to work on, but there were some positives."
Puente praised the work ethic of his team, adding his team's aggressiveness in both games led to some defensive stops and easy points for the offense.
"Against Sunnyside Christian our defense was really working," Puente said. "That led to some key opportunities for our offense."
But the Lady Grizzlies still need work, mainly with patience on offense. Puente said his team needs to allow the offensive sets to work instead of forcing the issue. Taking care of the ball is another issue that needs to be addressed.
Puente didn't have game stats available as of press time but said his team committed some costly turnovers at pivotal points in the game. Those turnovers were capitalized on by Sunnyside's opponents.
The Lady Grizzlies played two non-regulation games last night. Each game had (four) five-minute quarters, with the junior varsity taking the floor for the first half and the varsity finishing up the second half.
Against Sunnyside Christian High School the Lady Grizzlies fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter but outscored the Lady Knights 8-7 in the second quarter to go into halftime down 14-8.
The varsity took over in the second half and Puente said both teams came out real strong on defense. This kept the score low as both teams managed only two points in the quarter. Sunnyside started the fourth period strong, forcing a couple of turnovers from their press and converting those to points. But then the Lady Grizzlies went cold.
"We got some shots but they weren't falling," Puente added.
SCHS won the game 26-15.
Sunnyside was led by varsity players Ruby Herrera (3 points) and Vanessa Alvarez (4 points). On the JV squad, Marissa Correa and Hannah Fernandez each had three points and Celia Vargas added two points for Sunnyside.
The Lady Grizzlies were 1-for-3 from the free throw line.
Sunnyside Christian was led by Analisa Van Oostrum with seven points.
In Sunnyside's second game of the night the Lady Grizzlies fell to Grandview 37-15.
Grandview's JV took a 4-2 lead against Sunnyside's JV in the first quarter and then stretched that lead to 18-8 by halftime.
Enter the varsity squads to start the second half and Sunnyside immediately put the Lady Greyhounds on the line. Puente said his team gave up too many offensive rebounds to Grandview. The Greyhounds used the opportunity to get some easy put-backs and also drew some fouls.
"That's one thing we need to work on," Puente said. "We need to limit opposing teams to just one chance."
Sunnyside's offense was having problems as well. Turnovers became a problem and the Lady Greyhounds took advantage of that. Grandview outscored Sunnyside 10-3 in the third period and held a 28-11 lead going into the final stanza.
"We got some shots off," Puente said of the fourth quarter, "they just weren't falling. They (Grandview) outworked us."
Kaylynn Jongsma had four points, Alvarez had two points and Herrera added one point. On the JV side, Sydnee Hernandez finished with seven points and Anna Lugo had one point.
Payton Parrish and Breanna Lopez led Grandview with eight points each.
Sunnyside finished with 17 rebounds in the game and was 4-for-7 from the free throw line. Grandview grabbed 30 rebounds in the game and was 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.
Sunnyside will officially begin its season on Friday, Dec. 3, when the Lady Grizzlies travel to Yakima to take on 4A Eisenhower in a non-league game. The Grizzlies will then travel to Prosser on Saturday, Dec. 4, to play the 2A Mustangs.