Lady Greyhounds finish just short of Regionals

Grandview’s Marissa Caballero, who would later score the game-winning bucket, drives to the hoop Friday against East Valley.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Grandview’s Marissa Caballero, who would later score the game-winning bucket, drives to the hoop Friday against East Valley.



Breanna Lopez of Grandview (R) muscles her way into the key Friday night against East Valley’s Mariah Rojas. Lopez tallied 16 points in the win against the Red Devils.

A fourth loser-out game in less than 10 days proved one too many for the Grandview Lady Greyhound basketball team, which ended its season last Saturday with a 64-43 loss to West Valley.

Grandview had battled through a loser-out three-way tie breaker earlier this month and then knocked off Ephrata a week ago in a loser-out contest to set up last weekend’s shot at advancing to State regionals.

Grandview advanced to Saturday’s District tourney finale in Sunnyside against West Valley (loser-out, winner to Regionals) by nipping East Valley 45-43 on Friday.

Marissa Caballero sparked Grandview to victory over the Red Devils on Friday with 16 points. None were bigger than the game-winning points she drained with two seconds to play.

“To say that I was proud of the girls would be an understatement,” said Grandview Coach David Gibb. “We came up with a game plan and it was executed to near perfection against a team that is disciplined and well coached.”

Gibb said it was obvious from the opening tip of Friday’s loser-out contest that Grandview wasn’t ready for its season to end.

“We wanted to make sure we put ourselves in a position to win in the end,” he said.

The Lady Greyhounds did just that with help from Breana Lopez, who shared team-high scoring honors with Caballero with 16 points.

Jamila Shafer and Samantha Grove each tallied 4 points for Grandview on Friday, but made their biggest contributions in the paint by hauling down 10 and nine rebounds, respectively.

With a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line last Saturday, Grandview struggled to match up against the Rams’ larger line-up in the 64-43 loss.

Caballero did most of the damage for Grandview on Saturday with a game-high 29 points.

“I am proud of the girls and their toughness,” Gibb said of the Lady Greyhounds, who finished the season with a record of 12-12. “I was glad we could send the seniors out with an experience they will never forget.”


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