High School Sports

On, off season for Grandview's girls

GRANDVIEW -- After years of struggling, the Grandview Greyhounds found themselves in a surprising position earlier this season -- winning.

A lot.

So, it wasn't much of a surprise to coach Paul Van Pelt when CWAC play started and Grandview started losing steam a bit.

The Greyhounds, featuring just two seniors, started out 5-2 overall and 4-1 in league play.

Then the losing began and Grandview couldn't seem to stop it.

"It was starting that little mole hill, and it kept getting bigger and bigger," Van Pelt said. "We were feeling good about ourselves, and slowly with each loss the girls started doubting themselves."

Grandview dropped five consecutive league games -- all on the road -- before righting the ship with a home win against Selah on Jan. 14 and a road win at Quincy on Jan. 15.

"When I came in four years ago, they had had four coaches in five years," Van Pelt said. "My first couple of years, we had seven or eight wins a year. The kids were getting really frustrated with losing. They were sick of losing, but we had a lot of team talks about what we need to focus on and what we need to do to get better."

Getting better is exactly where the Greyhounds appear to be headed.

Led by freshman Marissa Caballero's 18.0 points per game -- second best in the league -- and sophomore Payton Parrish's 15.4 points per game, Grandview has an opportunity to advance to the playoffs.

The Greyhounds (7-7, 6-6) play host to Othello at 5:45 p.m. tonight and second-place East Valley at the same time Saturday.

"We want to get up and down," Van Pelt said. "We don't want to slow it down. We do better on the fly because we are so small and so quick."

Playing uptempo and winning basketball should also help change the perception that the only good basketball in Grandview is being played by the boys.

* Craig Craker: 509-582-1509; ccraker@tricityherald.com