JOHN DAY - Hot and cold shooting by both teams was the difference.
Coming off a 69-23 loss to a strong Burns team in the opening game of the 2005/06 basketball season Nov. 29, the Grant Union girls were hoping to notch a victory hosting Heppner from the Columbia Basin Conference Dec. 1.
The Lady Pros fell behind early, but rallied to take a 17-16 lead in the second quarter and were up 19-18 with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter.#
However, the Lady Mustangs went on another 7-0 run and held on the rest of the way to come away with a 44-40 victory.
"It all came down to rebounding," said coach Larry Mathews. "We got outrebounded by about 30 rebounds. We played good defense all night, but didn't rebound. We're not going to be a very good shooting ball club. We're going to run in streaks and we're gonna do it, but we have to rebound. We had an effort, but didn't get the job done."
Hilary Ashmead put in the initial basket for the Lady Pros in the opening quarter before the Lady Mustangs went on an 11-0 run to take an 11-4 lead after the first eight minutes.
Grant Union opened the second quarter with a 7-0 run to tie the score 11-11 behind four points from Bronwyn Bartlett.
Bartlett also canned a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to finish with a game-high 13 points.
"I have to keep shooting and shoot the ball better," she said.
Most of the Lady Pros had little to say about the disappointing loss.
"I did OK, that's all I've got to say," said senior Jessie Legg.
Heppner put together a 6-0 run to take the largest lead in the game, 31-21, late in the third quarter.
Bobbee Ferguson opened the fourth quarter with a 3-point basket to trim the lead to 33-31, but that was as close as Grant Union would get.
Burns def. Grant Union 69-23
BURNS - The Lady Hilanders, ranked among the top 10 in Class 3A, had little trouble with the Prospectors Nov. 29 in the opening game of the season for both teams.
Burns scored early and often to rout Grant Union 63-29.
"I thought we played pretty well for the first 12 minutes of the game," Mathews said. "We stayed close, but then we started to get frustrated."
Grant Union def.
Stanfield 51-46 OT
JOHN DAY - Led by Bartlett with 19 points, Legg with nine and Ferguson and Sarah Cary with eight each, The Lady Pros snapped a two-game losing streak beating Stanfield 51-46 in overtime on Dec. 2.
Grant Union had an 8-3 scoring advantage in OT to win.