As of Monday, January 11, 2016
SUNNYSIDE The Grizzlies girls basketball team suffered their first loses of the season Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Sunnyside boys split a pair of Big 9 games, rebounding from a 70-43 loss to Davis on Friday to win 67-57 at Moses Lake.
The girls lost twice, their first defeats of the season, in falling 49-46 to the Pirates and 59-33 at Moses Lake.
Saturday night’s victory saw the Grizzlies boys team rally from an early deficit to hold off the Chiefs.
“We played man defense through the entire game, and ran our game the way we play it best,” coach Geoff LaBrant said. “Our guards got open looks, and we had plenty of scores from in the paint. We rebounded much better, and we ran our sets nearly every time down when we didn’t get a transition bucket.”
All of that despite the fact Moses Lake has a center, Cesar Sandoval, who stands at 6-6 and weighs more than 300 pounds.
“Nico (Valle), Angel (Garza) and Trey (Sanchez) worked on him the whole night and our other defenders stepped up to limit their other players to single digits,” LaBrant said.
Sanchez led Sunnyside with 24 points, while Palacios and Valle added 18 and 10, respectively.
Saturday’s win was in contrast to Friday’s one-sided loss to the Pirates.
“Overall, the difference from Davis to Moses Lake was night and day, and it came from remembering who we really are, and how we can really play: together,” LaBrant said.
Sunnyside’s boys improved to 3-1 in league, tied with Moses Lake and Wenatchee for first, and 8-3 overall
The Grizzlies girls team started well Friday and Saturday, but faltered late in taking their first two losses.
At Davis, the Grizzlies led by five after one quarter, by two at the half and by four entering the fourth quarter.
But the Pirates went on an 18-11 run over the final quarter to get the win.
“I have to hand it to Davis, they always play us tough,” said coach Rick Puente.
Ashlee Maldonado led the Grizzlies with 18 points, while Stella Bueno’s 15 points led Davis.
The Grizzlies’ strong start Saturday at Moses Lake also fizzled. Sunnyside led 12-6 after one quarter, but found itself down three at the half.
Moses Lake socked the game away in the third with a 30-8 run.
Emilee Maldonado’s 15 points led Sunnyside. Ashlee Maldonado added 10, and Lexie Skyles collected seven rebounds for the Grizzlies.