Tigers get girls, lose tails to boys

Christian boys win make-up

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Marin Bender of the Greyhounds passes the ball to teammate Michelle Ruiz.

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Grandview’s Marc Martinez splits Ephrata defenders Hunter Cleveringa and Luke Vaughan.

— The Greyhounds hosted Ephrata and Sunnyside Christian hosted Kiona-Benton in a make-up from the first week of the season last night.

The Grandview girls lost, 67-49; the boys won, 72-61, and the Knights won, 52-31.

Grandview girls

The Tigers led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but Grandview clambered to prevail, 23-19, in the second to end the first half, 33-32.

In the second quarter, Grace Meza of the Greyhounds scored all three of her 2-point baskets and a trey to account for a team high 9 points.

Grandview’s scoring went cold in the second half, coach Chad Bunker said. “(The girls) couldn’t make a shot,” he said.

Marin Bender sunk two treys, Bailey Duis dropped in three 2-pointers, and Vanessa Caballero and Alexandra Garcia each shot a 2-point basket.

Of the baskets made, only two were scored in the final stanza.

Ephrata, on the other side of the court, made seven 2-point baskets and four treys in the second half. Kenedee Peters dropped in three of the 3-point shots, helping the Tigers outscore Grandview 33-16.

Scoring a game high 24 points was Ephrata’s Katelyn Ostrowski.

“(The Greyhounds) played with great effort and intensity,” Bunker said. “(They just) didn’t make enough plays to win.”

Grandview boys

The Tigers and the Greyhounds kept last night’s game tight through the first three quarters, trading leads.

At the half, Grandview led, 33-31, and each of the squads scored 14 points in the third.

In the final quarter, the Greyhounds’ adjustments helped propel them to a 25-16 scoring advantage for the 72-61 win.

Gunner Chronis led the game with 29 points, 19 of which were tallied in the second half. He also had 7 rebounds.

Teammate Gabe Esqueda scored 14 points and had 12 boards for a double-double, while Marc Martinez got 10 rebounds.

“We did a lot better job taking care of the ball,” Grandview coach Frankie Medina said.

“We won the boards — 50-23,” he said.

Cameron Clark accounted for 20 of Ephrata’s points.

Sunnyside Christian boys

Due to scheduling at the beginning of the season and weather conditions in recent weeks, the Knights were unable to compete against Kiona-Benton until last night.

Sunnyside Christian opened the game with a 13-9 first-quarter lead; outscored the Bears 15-5 in the second; kept the momentum going with an 8-3 scoring advantage in the third; and finished the game, 16-14, to clinch the win.

The Knights hovered around a 20-point lead throughout much of the second half, coach Dean Wagenaar said.

“Our defensive play was tremendously high-energy,” he said. “We did a good job keeping them (Kiona-Benton) out of their comfort zone.”

The Knights combined for 21 steals and forced 24 turnovers.

Kyler Marsh had 5 of those steals and Luke Dykstra recorded 4. Marsh also contributed 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to the effort. Dykstra had 6 rebounds.

The team’s leading scorer was Luke Wagenaar with 17 points. Chance Marsh also scored in double digits with 12.

“Everyone did a nice job with ball pressure,” coach Wagenaar said.

Although the Knights struggled with its outside scoring, he was pleased they kept control of the tempo of the game.

Friday, Sunnyside Christian hosts DeSales. The girls play at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game is at 7 p.m.



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