WAPATO - The Grandview Lady Greyhounds basketball team saw its 2010-11 campaign come to a close last night with a 79-55 loser-out playoff loss at Wapato last night.
The Wolves took control of Monday night's game from the outset, forging a 22-13 first quarter lead.
Wapato benefitted from outshooting Grandview from the field, connecting on 28-of-65 attempts (43 percent) compared to 15-of-45 attempts (31 percent) for the Lady Greyhounds.
While Wapato enjoyed a good shooting night, it also used defense to help its cause. Wapato had 16 steals for the game, compared to seven for Sunnyside.
"This was a game that the girls came in very nervous, and it showed in the first half," said Grandview Coach Paul Van Pelt. "We rushed a lot of shots and we had 14 turnovers in the first half."
Van Pelt was also quick to praise Wapato's play.
"No matter what defense we played, Wapato had an answer for it," he said. "We could not get a run going."
Van Pelt said his team did a better job in the second half. "We settled in and played better defense," he said. "We took the ball to the basket and we were able to get to the foul line."
The result was that Grandview actually outscored Wapato 19-17 in the fourth quarter.
But it was too little, too late, to preserve the Lady Greyhounds' season.
"I told the girls we did great things this year and we all grew as players both on and off the court."
Grandview, which finished the season 10-11 overall, was led by Payton Parrish's 24 points and 11 rebounds. Marissa Caballero added 17 points and five rebounds for the Lady Greyhounds.
Sammi Blodgett led a balanced Wapato attack with 20 points, while Briana Cordova recorded 11 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Wolves.