Lower Yakima Valley girls hoop it up

Sunnyside’s Morgan Duim and Eisenhower’s Christa Jimenez scramble for the ball in Friday’s match-up.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Sunnyside’s Morgan Duim and Eisenhower’s Christa Jimenez scramble for the ball in Friday’s match-up.


Sunnyside’s Chastitee Garza races up-court Friday during a 4A basketball contest against Eisenhower. The Grizzlies went on to rout the Cadets, 65-19.


Abigail Zavala of the Grizzlies steals the ball from the Cadets offense for one of several turnovers in the second half of the game. Behind the action is Rebekah Valle.

— The Sunnyside Grizzlies girls basketball team, as well as Prosser, Sunnyside Christian, Granger and Mabton all got down to business Friday, winning each of their games.

The Grizzlies defeated Eisenhower, 65-19; the Mustangs handed Othello a 62-22 defeat; the Knights won 77-17 against Lyle/Wishram; the Spartans secured a 59-16 win; and the Vikings defeated host White Swan 66-63.


The Grizzlies were led by Ashlee Maldonado with 16 points. Teammate Lexi Skyles scored another 15 points.

Also scoring double digits — 11 points — was Kameran Rodriguez.

The offense’s momentum was propelled by an aggressive defensive game. The team forced turnovers on 24 steals, keeping the Cadets from reaching the basket throughout the game.

The Grizzlies led the game 40-11 at halftime and didn’t allow Eisenhower a single point in the third stanza.

Meanwhile, Sunnyside poured in 20 points in the third quarter and slowed its attack in the final to score just four points. The Cadets scored a meager 8 points in the fourth quarter, unable to dig themselves out of the hole.


The Mustangs also took command of Friday’s game against the Huskies early.

Prosser outscored the visitors 12-6, 20-9 in the first two stanzas for a 32-15 halftime lead.

The defense held the Huskies to just 2 points in the third quarter and 5 in the final, while the offense added 30 points to the final tally.

The Mustangs were led by Marissa Cortes, who was 8-for-10 from the charity stripe and scored a total of 25 points.

Brooke Wheeler accumulated 10 points for the Mustangs, while Madi Stallcop and Madison Golden hauled in 7 boards apiece.

Sunnyside Christian

The Knights held Lyle/Wishram to single digit scoring in the first two quarters to lead 50-6 at halftime.

The defense allowed the Cougars 11 points in the third quarter, and Lyle/Wishram was scoreless in the final quarter.

Scoring a game high 20 points was Emily Banks.

Sailor Liefke scored 15 points, and Alyssa Martin tallied 11.

“Everybody played all four quarters,” Knights coach Al Smeenk said.

“We tried to play good defense.”


The Spartans were led by Jayleen Vasquez’s 13 points, 12 of which were from beyond the 3-point arc.

Highland was only able to score 2 points in the first quarter, while the Spartans amassed 24 to set the pace of the game.

The Spartans led 35-11 at the half and didn’t give the Scotties any leverage in the second half, outscoring the visitors 9-5, 15-0 in the third and fourth stanzas, respectively.


The Vikings’ win was weighted by Britnee Guerrero and Ivett Sanchez, who scored 28 and 16 points, respectively.

It was nip-and-tuck as the Cougars took a 21-14 first-quarter lead, but the Vikings dug in and slowly emerged as they outscored the hosts 18-15, 14-11 and 20-16 in the remaining quarters.


The Greyhounds fell 45-53 to Toppenish on Friday.

The Wildcats were led by Jennifer Johnston, who tallied 29 points.

Grandview’s leading scorers were Michelle Ruiz and Grace Meza with 11 points apiece.

Although Grandview led 26-20 at the half, Toppenish overcame the deficit in the second half by outscoring the Greyhounds 15-9, 18-10 in the final two stanzas.


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