Lady Griz connect puzzle pieces in win

SHS senior Brielle Newhouse battles for the offensive rebound against two Lady Wildcats defenders during a 69-50 victory at home Friday night.

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SHS senior Brielle Newhouse battles for the offensive rebound against two Lady Wildcats defenders during a 69-50 victory at home Friday night.



— After a solid week of practice, the Lady Griz brought their collective team effort to the court against visiting Eastmont in a home conference win, 69-50, last Friday night.

“The girls stepped up tonight and played well,” SHS Head Coach Rick Puente said. “We talk about pieces of the puzzle and everybody brought their piece of the puzzle.”

The Lady Griz (6-0, Big 9 and 12-2, overall) had everyone involved right from the start as the Lady Wildcats (2-4, Greater Columbia Gorge and 5-9, overall) were unable to unlock any of Sunnyside High School’s puzzle pieces.

“I take what I get,” SHS senior Carla Cardenas stated. “I didn’t get that much playing time, so I had to take smart shots and make everything count. I like to shoot three’s a lot. That’s my preferred shot.”

She finished with nine points. She connected on three shots, all from behind the arc.

“That young lady has ice water running through her veins. She’ll shoot the ball out of a telephone booth,” Puente exclaimed. “Carla definitely has a shooter’s mentality. If she misses one, it never happened. She’ll shoot it with the same confidence the next time around.”

Ashlee Maldonado exemplified a floor general confidence as she led all scorers with 23 points. The senior made 7-of-8 field goals and connected on 3-of-6 from 3-point range. She also had 4 assists to go along with 4 rebounds.

“There’s a lot of things she does that benefit not only herself but the entire team,” Puente explained. “Ashlee is very consistent and does so many good things out there.”

Maldonado missed a few days of practice due to injury and was forced to stay off the court and heal. She played like herself out there on the court.

“I knew something didn’t feel right, and I was out for a couple of days,” acknowledged Maldonado. “It was hard for me to sit down and see my teammates playing because I really wanted to be out there. I had to recover so I could get out there tonight. Basketball is my passion and I love playing it!”



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