Grant Union def. Imbler 48-34
JOHN DAY - Overcoming a sluggish second quarter with a barrage of three-point baskets in the third period, the Grant Union High School girls basketball team ran its winning streak to three games dropping Imbler 48-34 on Friday, Jan. 2, in the opening Wapiti League contest for both squads.
The victory evened the Lady Pros' season record at 5-5.
Grant Union held a 18-12 lead after the first quarter, but went scoreless for over five minutes in the second period as Imbler came roaring back with seven unanswered points to claim a 19-18 lead.
"They were outhustling us in the first half with rebounds and second shots," Grant Union coach Javier Garcia said.
The Lady Pros rallied to reclaim the lead before a basket by Imbler's Stacey Clinkenbeard in the waning moments gave the Panthers a 23-22 halftime advantage.
Maci Mascall opened the second half with a basket to put Grant Union back on top, and Becky Landis followed with two more hoops from the inside to cap a 6-0 run good for a 28-23 lead.
Grant Union controlled the boards in the opening minutes of the second half and also forced a number of turnovers, which held the Panthers scoreless for the first four minutes of the third period.
"We came out very aggressive in the third quarter," Garcia said. "Whitney (Simmons) came out really strong, and Becky (Landis) dominated under the boards."
A three-point basket by Bobbie Vidourek with 1:39 remaining in the third quarter pushed the Lady Pros' lead to 31-25, and Kim Mathews drilled another from long range at the 1:10 mark to up the margin to nine points.
With 40 seconds remaining in the quarter, Vidourek knocked down her second three-pointer, and Grant Union went into the final eight minutes of the game with a comfortable 37-27 lead.
"The girls played well and finished really strong and I was impressed with the play of our guards," Garcia said. "Bronwyn (Bartlett) really came through after making a few turnovers. After that, she settled down and played really well. Kim (Mathews) controlled the whole game from the point, she does a really good job at that."
Landis led Grant Union with a game-high 14 points. Mathews added nine and Vidourek along with Whitney Simmons scores seven points apiece.
Kayla Ritter scored 13 points to pace Imbler.