JOHN DAY - It wasn't pretty and the game went to overtime before being decided.
But the Grant Union Lady Prospectors proved that persistence pays off, kept their chins up after absorbing a 72-37 defeat by Union Friday night and picked up their first Wapiti League win Jan. 21 beating Elgin 47-46.
Sabrina Hoffman had a terrible night at the free throw line missing her first four opportunities, but gained atonement hitting the first of two chances with 13 seconds remaining in overtime to give Grant Union the victory.
There were a lot of happy ladies with smiling faces after the game and the Lady Pros discovered its a lot more fun to win than to lose.
Hilary Ashmead said she really didn't like to talk too much, but said "it's really a lot of fun to win."
Ashmead scored 12 points for Grant Union.
Holding a 9-7 lead after the first eight minutes of play, things looked bleak for the Pros as Elgin went on a 12-2 run to open the second quarter.
However, Bronwyn Bartlett nailed a three-point shot and drilled her second trey of the period with 12 seconds left to cut the Husky's lead to 23-20 at halftime.
"It's such a relief (to get the first win), she said. "Now we can actually keep winning because we have the confidence to. We can win a lot more if we play this hard every night."
Bartlett scored a game-high 15 points.
The Huskys outscored the Prospectors 8-5 in the third period to hold a 31-25 lead heading into the final eight minutes.
In the fourth period Danielle Gibbons scored a pair of baskets, Ashmead was 3-of-6 from the line, and Bartlett hit a basket and went 2-for-2 from the line as the Pros put up 15 points to send the game into overtime tied 40-40.
"It's awesome winning, it's really cool," Marzuri Waggoner said.
"We got the first one out of the way," coach Larry Mathews said. "We didn't shoot the ball very well, but we took a lot of them (shots). Now maybe we can build. It was a good team effort and everybody played hard. I was proud of the girls."
With a 1-4 record halfway through the Wapiti League season, Grant Union returns to action Jan. 27 at Nyssa.
BoysWhen the Grant Union boys basketball team picked up its first Wapiti League victory over Enterprise Jan. 14, coach Brad Smith said the Prospectors had two big games ahead of them this weekend and needed to take care of business.
That's exactly what the team did.
Coming off a crushing 85-37 victory over Union Jan. 20, the Pros remained hot and swamped Elgin 80-36 Saturday night.
The victory extended Grant Union's winning streak to three games and leaves the Prospectors in sole possession of third place in the league with a 3-2 record at the midway point of the season.
"They played exceptionally well last night against Union and it continued tonight," Smith said. "Union has some good athletes on their team but they didn't have an answer for us, especially in the second half. Elgin is not bad and they work hard. We were up by 20 at halftime, but it didn't seem like we were playing very well. It's hard to keep the intensity up after getting a big win like we did the night before, but we were able to do it."
The Prospectors got off to a rousing start scoring 19 points in the first quarter and added 22 more in the second period when Taylor Myers scored 12 of his team-high 14 points.
"It felt good. I did better than he did," Myers said, pointing a finger at his friend Brandon Lovell and laughing.
Ben Dieker also played a good game scoring 13 points and was a major force on the boards.
"I'm Ben Dieker, make sure you put that in the paper," the junior jokingly said. "I thought we played pretty good but then again, they might have had a bad night."
Grant Union kept the rolling in the third quarter putting 22 more points on the board.
Nolin Page and Dustin Kreger were the third and fourth players in double figures for Grant Union with 10 points each.
Bill Miller was the only player in double figures for Elgin scoring a game-high 15 points.
In Friday's game, the Prospectors held a 50-22 halftime lead over the Bobcats, holding Union to just two points in the second quarter.
Trini Rodriguez scored 14 points, Page had 13 and Travis Heiple scored 12 in the blowout victory.
Grant Union nailed nine 3-point shots, with Rodriguez and Heiple knocking down four apiece. Greg Waggoner also had a shot fall from long range.