Win not in the cards for GV girls
PARACHUTE – Playing in a rare Tuesday game, the Grand Valley girls had one of their poorest performances of the year in a 40-30 nonleague loss to Class 3A Hotchkiss.
“We showed up and played as well as we could,” Cardinals head coach Mike Johnson said. “What we learned tonight was we have to be aggressive at all times and take the ball to the basket.”Drives inside the paint were few and far between for Grand Valley on Tuesday. Johnson pointed that out afterward.”There were times, offensively, we played for outside jump shots instead of close baskets. Most nights we knock those shots down. It wasn’t very pretty.”
Neither team was very attractive offensively in the first half, when both squads combined for 24 points. The game was tied 12-12 at intermission.The lead shuffled between the two teams for most of the third quarter before a Hotchkiss field goal by Ishan Wylie and a Candace Gibbs free throw opened a 22-18 lead.Grand Valley never got closer than two points to Hotchkiss the rest of the night.
Bulldogs junior Ashley Burke’s long 3-pointer with 6:24 remaining was the final straw. The field goal raised Hotchkiss’ lead to 29-23. And Grand Valley failed to respond. The Cardinals scored eight points in the fourth period and hit just 11 of 46 shots (24 percent) from the floor.”The work of their defense took the legs out of us,” Johnson said.Burke and the Cardinals’ Julianna Jones led the scoring with 11 points each. No other player from either squad scored more than seven points.Burke and the Cardinals’ Julianna Jones led the scoring with 11 points each. No other player from either squad scored more than seven points.
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