Lady 'Hounds win 2A District tourney opener

GRANDVIEW - When setting up shop to conduct business in this highly technological, speed-of-light electronic age, you're either a Mac or PC guy when deciding how you're going to send and receive information.

The Grandview Lady Greyhounds, when taking to the hardwood to start their work day, definitely fall into the PC category - as in Parrish with a capital 'P' and Caballero with a capital 'C'.

The dynamic duo, senior Payton Parrish and junior Marissa Caballero, exploded for a combined 38 points last night to power the Grandview girls basketball team to a 59-48 victory over the visiting East Valley Red Devils. Monday evening's win came in the CWAC District tourney opener.

For East Valley, which finished in the No. 6 spot in the CWAC standings, its season is now over.

Grandview, third in league play this year with a sparkling 15-3 record and finishing behind only Wapato and Ellensburg in the conference standings, moves on to the District semi-finals. That game is slated for this coming Wednesday against the Bulldogs in Ellensburg.

In besting the Red Devils last night in the loser-out District contest, Grandview jumped out to a 12-4 first-quarter lead. The two teams pretty much went tit-for-tat the rest of the way, as the Lady 'Hounds only increased that opening period, eight-point lead to the final 11-point margin of victory.

Parrish and Caballero, Grandview's one-two punch this season when it comes to scoring, again paved the way for the Lady 'Hounds to secure the win last night.

Parrish, a 5-8 senior who's already topped the 1,000-point plateau as a prep hoopster, led all scorers in the game by dropping in 22 points. Characteristically, she rang up another double-double on the court, fighting off East Valley's players in the paint to scrape a game-high 11 rebounds off the glass. Applying a little icing to the cake, Parrish also dished three assists and came away with two steals to pad her individual statistics.

Caballero, a diminutive 5-5 junior but makes up for her size with quickness and court savvy, went off for 16 points last night. She also served as the floor general for Grandview, finding open teammates and feeding them the ball...enough times to collect a team-best five assists.

Defensively for the winning club last night, junior Taylor Hall swiped the ball from the Red Devils on three different occasions. Hall also chipped in 2 points.

Besides the 38 points tallied by Parrish and Caballero, Grandview got a combined 13 points from the tandem of Breanna Lopez (7) and Karissa Trinidad (6). Jamila Shafer added a 4-point performance for the Lady 'Hounds.

East Valley ended up with two players who accounted for more than half of the Red Devils' scoring. Alexia Chavis, still just a sophomore, canned a team-high 16 points in the losing cause. Junior Salome Yates also reached double figures, popping in 10 points. Senior Precious Sanchez, with 6 points, led the way among the five other East Valley players who collectively scored 22 points.

"Our girls came out and won a game I felt could have been a trap game, considering we played them and beat last Friday," said GHS Coach David Gibb. "It can sometimes be difficult to maintain focus, especially against a team you just beat.

"But I am happy for the girls and their victory," he added.

Grandview takes a 17-4 overall record, and a four-game winning streak, into this coming Wednesday's District semi-final game at Ellensburg. In the two clubs' previous match-ups this season the Bulldogs won by a 72-65 score on the GHS court back in early December, but the Lady Greyhounds returned the favor in mid-January, defeating Ellensburg on the Bulldogs' home floor, 66-59.

"We have a big one against Ellensburg (Wednesday) night, and are beginning to enter unchartered waters as a program," said Gibb.

"It has been fun to experience this ride with them. They are a fun group," Gibb said of this season's squad.

Win or lose this Wednesday in the District semi-finals, Grandview's girls will play two days later, on Friday. That game is slated to be staged at a neutral site, in this case at Sunnyside High School, although game times have yet to be confirmed.


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