GRANDVIEW The Grandview Greyhounds defeated the Pullman Greyhounds, 60-43, in last night’s non-league opener.
The girls basketball teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first half, ending the first quarter deadlocked at 12 points apiece.
The halftime score reflected a 24-24 tie.
“We had too many turnovers in the first half,” coach Chad Bunker said. “We did a good job in the second half.”
In the third stanza, Grandview poured on the pressure and went on an 18-0 scoring run. The local team scored 26 points, while Pullman scored 13 to end the quarter 50-37.
The Grandview Greyhounds did more than the coach asked of them. “At the half, I told them I wanted a 12-point lead.”
He said he spoke to the girls about ball pressure, and they delivered. “Pullman got out of their rhythm when we ramped up the pressure.”
There was some foul trouble, however. Grandview is aggressive, Bunker said. “We need to learn not to reach.”
As a result, Karina Fajardo and Marlen Castilleja fouled out early in the fourth quarter. “It hurt us since Karina was our leading rebounder,” Bunker said.
He estimates Fajardo had as many as nine boards. “We don’t have our stats fully running yet,” he explained.
“Karina did a wonderful job, keeping the drive alive,” Bunker said of Fajardo’s efforts.
Learning not to reach, “… learning the fine line between pressure and not to reach comes with experience,” Bunker said, noting the Grandview team is young.
The team, despite committing 26 fouls to Pullman’s 11, “… survived the night.”
Bunker said that is because of the third quarter scoring and Pullman’s inability to sink its free throw shots.
“They were 14-for-33,” he said.
Michelle Ruiz was Grandview’s leading scorer. She tallied 22 points, including four baskets from outside the trey.
“Michelle just flies all over the court,” Bunker said. Pullman tried to shut Ruiz down and she got banged up a little, but continued to persevere.
Grandview slowed the game in the final stanza, holding the visitors to just six points.
Grace Meza was 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and tallied 15 points; Vanessa Caballero sunk four 2-point shots and a free throw for nine points; Bailey Duis scored five points; Marin Bender scored four; Castilleja tallied three points; and Fajardo dropped in two free throws for two points.
“For an opening game, I am proud of my girls,” Bunker said.
Grandview travels to Ephrata tomorrow.