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Lady ’Hounds outlast Wapato with late rally

WAPATO - Trailing by seven points with just eight minutes to play, the Grandview Lady Greyhounds rallied for a key 80-69 road win at Wapato last night.

The host Wolves enjoyed a strong start in Tuesday night’s CWAC basketball tilt. Grandview hung tough, though, forcing an 18-18 tie at the end of the first quarter and knotting the score at 35-all at the half.

Even so, it appeared Wapato might end up prevailing, as a 22-15 run in the third quarter put the Wolves up 57-50 heading into the fourth.

But Grandview ended up saving its best for last.

Sparked by Breanna Lo-pez’s 15 points in the final frame, Grandview posted a 30-12 run in the fourth quarter to escape with a victory.

Lopez drilled three treys in the final eight minutes and scored all but two of her 17 points in the fourth.

Coach David Gibb said a deciding factor for his Grandview team was the ability to nail free throws in the last quarter. Sparked by Lopez and Marissa Caballero, the Lady Greyhounds drained 11-of-14 attempts behind the charity stripe in the fourth.

Caballero ended up leading Grandview in scoring with 25 points. Teammate Samantha Grove also posted a monster game with 18 points and an eye-popping 19 rebounds.

Jamila Shafer scored 9 points and blocked two shots for Grandview, while teammate Hannah Pond tallied 6 points.

Gibb also praised reserve Suzie Medina, who “…provided a nice defensive spark off the bench.”

Gibb praised his squad for keeping its composure and withstanding Wapato’s scoring runs.

“It was a good, hard fought game,” he said.

Grandview (4-2, 5-3) returns to action tomorrow, Thursday, when it hosts CWAC foe Toppenish.

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