JOHN DAY - The Grant Union High School girls basketball team ended their season Tuesday, Feb. 14, with a 36-63 home loss to the Vale Lady Vikings.
"This was a great evening of basketball, even knowing we were facing the No. 2 team in Oregon State Activities Association's power rankings," said coach Pete Rawlins.
"The girls played hard and continued to get better in many aspects," he said.
After the game, the girls shared memories of the year and offered continued support for each other and the program, Rawlins noted.
"Our young girls are very committed and we already have commitments to summer camp," he said. "What great attitudes!"
Before the game started, Lady Pros seniors McKenzie Smith and DJ Kodesh were recognized.
"Both have shown great leadership for the younger girls on the team," Rawlins said.
Vale scored the first 9 points of the game. The Lady Pros also got on the board, with several perimeter shots by Elle Rawlins.
Sarah Wright started scoring the ball in the second quarter, but Vale went into halftime with a comfortable 36-14 lead.
"Vale kept the pressure on in the third, but we started shooting the ball well. In the fourth, we had several 3-point field goals from Wright, Rawlins and McKenzie Smith. The girls outscored Vale 17-9 in the final period of play. They also slowed down Vale's transition plays," he said.
Although Vale prevailed, the girls felt good about their effort, he said.
"It was an exciting night of basketball and our girls were ready to finish the season playing strong," he said.
Rawlins commended the work of seniors Kodesh and Smith; the shooting of Elle Rawlins and Wright; the battling and rebounding of Emily Mosley, Mikeala Donohue and Rayne Houser; and playmaking decisions of Taylor Smith.
In scoring, Wright had 13 points; Elle Rawlins, 10; McKenzie Smith, 5; Houser and Kodesh, 4 each; and Mosley, 1.