GRANGER Last night’s girls rivalry basketball game between the Spartans and Leopards was also a battle to the bitter end.
No. 4 1A state-ranked Granger prevailed 55-50 over No. 10 state-ranked Zillah.
In 2B action, No. 11 ranked Mabton defeated No. 31 ranked Liberty Christian, 46-31; 2A No. 5 Wapato won, 53-46, at No. 38 Grandview, and No. 7 Prosser defeated No. 52 Ellensburg, 52-31; and 1B No. 14 Sunnyside Christian beat No. 21 Yakama Tribal, 72-33.
The Spartans and Leopards battled from the very beginning of last night’s game.
Granger outscored Zillah 16-15 in the first stanza and 12-9 in the second for a 28-24 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, the Spartans maintained the lead, outshooting their rivals, 12-10. But, in the final quarter, the Leopards rallied to take the lead with just minutes on the clock.
It came down to shooting at the charity stripe. With 48 seconds on the clock the teams were tied 47-all. Naya Roettger of Granger drew the foul and hit both of her baskets to re-take the lead.
Another foul against Roettger and another two baskets gave the Spartans a 4-point advantage.
Zillah drew a couple of fouls and dropped in three baskets to make it a 1-point game.
Alexis Castro of the Spartans scored a lay-in shot and drew a foul to clinch the win.
Despite several of Castro’s scoring attempts missing the basket, she was the leading scorer with 21 points.
Teammates Jayleen Vasquez and Sophie Blodgett scored 10 apiece; Roettger and Lily Stewart each contributed 6 points and Emma Stewart scored 2.
Zillah was led by Trista Takes Enemy with 16 points. Teammate Samantha Bowman tallied 12.
The Vikings started with a 10-2 run in the first quarter and kept the momentum going with a 15-7 second quarter.
In the third, Mabton let off its pressure, allowing Liberty Christian to score 11 points, while scoring 13 of its own. The Vikings finished with 8 points, and the Patriots knocked down 11.
Leading Mabton with 9 points apiece were Rieley McCallum and Caitlin Rojas.
Britnee Guerrero had 10 steals.
Leading Liberty Christian were Karlee Souve, Maddie Godwin and Melody Bush with 8 points each.
The Greyhounds started strong — 18-17— in the first quarter, but fell behind in the second — 11-6.
The Wolves led 28-24 at halftime.
Grandview continued to struggle in the third stanza and Wapato capitalized to outshoot its hosts 14-10. In the final, the Greyhounds were unable to overcome the deficit despite outscoring the visitors, 12-11.
Scoring a game high 24 points was Wapato’s Janealle Sutterlict.
Michelle Ruiz led the Greyhounds with 15 points and Grace Meza scored 13.
“Tough loss tonight,” Grandview coach Chad Bunker said.
“My girls played really well and just couldn’t get over the hump,” he said, giving the Wolves credit for being a tough team.
The team couldn’t carry the momentum from Monday’s 43-28 win over Ellensburg.
In that game, Ruiz tallied 14 points and Meza tacked on 12.
Avery Fisk was the leading scorer with 11 points for the Bulldogs.
“(It was) a complete and total team effort,” Bunker said Monday night.
He credited Marlene Castilleja for spurring the team in the second stanza, scoring the first 6 points. Ruiz hit two treys at the end of the quarter.
The Knights met the Eagles at Yakima Valley College’s gym in Yakima.
“They (Yakama Tribal) were without their best player — T’mesh Mills,” Sunnyside Christian coach Al Smeenk said.
Leading scorers for the Eagles were Tori Wapsheli and Vicki Valdez with 5 points each.
Leading the Knights with a game high 24 points was Kristen Broersma. She had a double-double with 12 boards.
Contributing to the win with double-digit scoring were Alyssa Martin with 19 points, Sailor Liefke with 13 and Madi Candanoza with 10.
“It’s always fun to play them,” Smeenk said. “It was fun to play in a big gym.”
He credited everyone for playing well, noting all eight Knights played in each of the quarters.