Tuesday, February 15, 2011
YAKIMA - The Grandview Greyhounds this past Saturday suffered their first loss of the season in the District championship game against the Wapato Wolves.
The final score reflected a Wolves' victory of 47-43.
Grandview went into the game undefeated at 21-0 and Wapato had an overall record of 18-4.
The Greyhounds' two earlier regular season victories over the Wolves, both hard fought affairs, provided Grandview with the knowledge that Saturday's game was going to be a battle.
Wapato didn't disappoint, taking an early 12-4 lead. The 'Hounds whittled down the eight-point deficit in the second quarter by four points, but the Wolves held a 24-20 lead going into halftime.
Grandview went back to work in the third quarter and was able to score 10 points to Wapato's four to take a two-point lead.
The Wolves battled back, though, in the final stanza.
Wapato took back the lead, outscoring the 'Hounds 19-13 in the final stanza.
Grandview sharpshooter Daniel Nielsen led his team, scoring 12 points, but only one of his buckets came from beyond the three-point line.
Grandview also got into foul trouble with 19 whistles blown and the team committed 21 turnovers.
Grandview's Christian Schrank scored nine points, and he grabbed the ball from the glass 13 times.
Wapato's leading scorer was Jacoby Howe with 20 points.
The Wolves (19-4) play this coming Saturday and with the win against the 'Hounds, earned the top seed in the CWAC-Great Northern League Regional tourney to begin this coming Friday. Grandview (21-1) will Saturday at 5 p.m. play the winner of the East Valley-Yakima/West Valley-Spokane game to be played Friday night.
The Regional tourney game on Saturday will be at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.