Greyhounds eke past Wildcats

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Grandview’s Karina Fajardo moves the ball past Arianna White of the Wildcats.

— The Grandview girls basketball team stays alive in the Central Washington Athletic Conference playoffs after narrowly knocking off the Wildcats 56-55 last night.

The teams were tied at 20 apiece with less than a minute left in the first half when Toppenish slipped the ball into the basket for a 2-point basket. With 24 seconds on the clock, another 3-point shot gave the Wildcats a 25-20 edge.

Grandview pitched in 8 points in the first period, 12 in the second.

The Wildcats scored 15 in the opening stanza and 10 in the second.

The visiting Greyhounds never gave up, pressuring on both sided of the court in the second half.

The Greyhounds poured in 20 points in the third period, while Toppenish scored 14.

The quarter gave the Greyhounds the boost it needed, Grandview coach Glenn Braman said.

“We made good halftime adjustments and came out better settled... both our defense and offense,” he said.

The game was put into protest at the beginning of the fourth quarter because the scoreboard reflected a 2-point bucket for Toppenish that belonged to the Greyhounds, Braman said.

The game was stopped and video reviewed. The officials corrected the score at the end of the review and the game resumed.

In the final period, both teams scored 16 points, giving Grandview the win.

The Wildcats end the season with the loss, and the Greyhounds advance to play at East Valley (Yakima) at 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The winner of that game advances to play Prosser at 2 p.m. Saturday at Central Washington University. The loser will conclude its season.

“This is the first playoff game for our seniors,” Braman said, noting he was happy with the outcome.

“It was a little tight in the first half... the second half was a lot better,” he said.

“We made life more difficult on them (the Wildcats) and the girls pulled together,” Braman said.

Grace Meza led the Greyhounds with 25 points and 8 rebounds. She was 50 percent from the field with four 3-point buckets.

Teammate Michelle Ruiz tallied 13 points, and had 3 assists and 2 steals.

Another player in double digits for the Greyhounds was Karina Fajardo with 10 points.

The Wildcats outrebounded Grandview 37-29, the Greyhounds had 18 turnovers and forced Toppenish to commit 15. Both teams were 50 percent from the free throw line.

“It was back-and-forth all the way to the end,” Braman said, stating a missed basket with 15 seconds gave Toppenish one more chance to win the game. But, Jenni Johnson’s buzzer shot bounded out.

“We’ve battled every game this year,” Braman said.

As for tomorrow’s game, “We’re gonna go play basketball.”



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