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Girls start weekend strong

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Ashlee Maldonado of Sunnyside moves the ball into the paint as Davis’ Drew Billups tries to make the stop.

— Five Lower Yakima Valley girls basketball teams opened weekend play with wins.

Sunnyside defeated Davis, 70-34; Sunnyside Christian won, 58-17, over Riverside Christian. Prosser defeated Toppenish, 58-47; Granger won it game, 67-20, over Naches Valley. Grandview suffered a 47-48 loss to Ellensburg; and Mabton defeated Kittitas, 59-19.

On Saturday, Sunnyside got a 60-49 win over visiting Moses Lake; Prosser wasn’t reported.

Grandview won, 58-39, against Othello; Granger won its game against Cle Elum-Roslyn, 58-41.

Sunnyside

The Grizzlies won both their games against Davis and Moses Lake with what coach Rick Puente described as a well-rounded offense.

“The girls were consistent through all four quarters,” Puente said.

The effort to play as a cohesive unit is paying off for the team, he said. “That effort led to two weekend wins.”

Against the Pirates, Emilee Maldonado led the team with 18 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 3 steals.

She scored 31 points, provided 3 assists and hauled in 7 boards against the Chiefs.

Also scoring in double digits Friday were Jessica Mendoza with 14 points, Chastitee Garza with 11 and Ashlee Maldonado with 10 points and 8 boards. Garza also had 6 steals.

Ashlee Maldonado scored 17 points against the Chiefs. She also had 6 rebounds.

Garza scored 8 points and had 3 steals.

The first quarter set the tone for the game, Puente said of the 17-8 first quarter score.

Sunnyside kept the momentum going, outscoring the visitors 13-11 in the second quarter.

Moses Lake was still in the game, throughout the second half. Sunnyside outscored the Chiefs by 2 points in the third stanza.

“Again, it was a very balanced attack by the team,” the coach said.

Sunnyside Christian

The Knights played the Crusaders for the first time in several years.

“We didn’t know much about them prior to the game,” Sunnyside Christian coach Al Smeenk said.

“They are very young,” he said.

Throughout the game, the Knights played man-on-man, but stopped trying to steal the ball in the second half. Smeenk said the team also stopped its fast-break play.

The game high scorer was Sailor Liefke with 15 points. Teammate Kristen Broersma tallied 14 points and 9 boards; Alyssa Martin scored 11 points and pulled down 6 boards. Sophie Halma added 6 points and 8 rebounds; Aydan Harrington scored 4 points and committed 6 steals; Coby Van Slageren scored 4 points; and Madi Candanoza and Madison Bosma each scored 2 points.

Prosser

Leading the Mustangs to a 58-47 win over Toppenish Friday was Brooke Wheeler. She scored 22 points and had 18 boards for a double-double. Eight of her points were from the charity stripe.

Madison Stallcop also scored in double digits with 13 points. Teammate Ali Cox helped with 5 defensive boards and 2 rebounds offensively.

The team tallied 12 assists and 11 steals.

The leading scorer for the Wildcats with 21 points was Arianna White. She collected 12 boards, as well.

Prosser opened the game with a 22-14 first quarter lead, maintained the momentum to outscore the Wildcats 16-7 in the second and 14-9 in the third.

Going into the final stanza, the Mustangs had a 52-30 advantage. Toppenish scored 17 points and kept Prosser to 6.

Saturday’s game was not reported as of press time.

Granger

The Spartans opened Friday’s game against host Naches with a 12-3 lead in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Granger outscored the Rangers by 18 points for a 40-13 halftime score.

Granger continued to dominate, allowing Naches just 1 point in the third stanza and 6 in the final.

The Spartans spread the offense with Alexis Castro scoring a game high 11 points, Lily Stewart scoring 10, Keely Teel and Sophie Blodgett tallied 9 apiece, and Jayleen Vasquez and Kaitlyn Roettger each added 6 points.

The team had seven 3-point baskets total and was 50 percent from the charity stripe.

Against Cle Elum-Roslyn the team made 8-of-15 free throw shots, three of which were dropped by Castro. She tallied 26 points.

Vasquez also scored in double digits with 14 points.

The high scorer for the Warriors was Grace Terrill with 18 points. Teammate Melli Rodriguez added 11 points to the final tally.

In the first quarter, Cle Elum-Roslyn outscored Granger 14-13, but the Spartans caught up to the Warriors to tie the game 25-25 by halftime.

In the third stanza, Granger held the visitors to 9 points, while scoring 23. The teams ended the game with the Spartans outscoring Cle Elum-Roslyn 10-7 in the final.

Grandview

The Greyhounds lost Friday’s match-up against Ellensburg by 1 point.

The game was decided in the final moments when Bailey Duis missed a final basket that would have given Grandview the win.

The Greyhounds had a strong start with a 12-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Ellensburg outscored the host team, 8-7, in the second stanza, but Grandview maintained a 19-17 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Greyhounds outscored the Bulldogs, 18-16. It was in the final that Ellensburg clawed out of the deficit and outscored Grandview, 15-10.

Grace Meza led the Greyhounds both Friday and Saturday with 16 points against Ellensburg and 15 against Othello.

“She’s been consistent,” Grandview coach Chad Bunker said. “She’s a junior and she’s showing she’s really matured both offensively and defensively.”

Against Othello, Grandview led 18-12 at the end of the first quarter, was outscored by one point in the second, held the Huskies to 8 points in the third and 6 in the final.

Michelle Ruiz scored 14 points against Ellensburg and 8 against Othello; Bailey Duis scored 5 points Friday and 14 Saturday.

“Our pressure in the second half got to Othello,” Bunker said.

Mabton

The Vikings dominated Friday’s game against Kittitas.

Coach Chris McCallum did not report statistics by press time.

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