GARDEN VALLEY — It was Senior Night in the Grizzly den Monday as Golden Sierra honored its upperclassmen with two monumental wins as the girls beat Highlands 55-29 and the boys slipped by the Scots 67-64.
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The girls pulled away in the second half of Monday’s opener thanks to on-point passing and stellar rebounding that led to multiple baskets.
Golden Sierra got a big boost from its seniors as Kylie Bone (five assists) scored 11 points, Kaylay Murchie and Becca Brown (nine steals, four blocks) both contributed nine, Jenna Pendzinski (10 rebounds, seven steals) added five, Lindsay Dorosh and Melissa Comstock both had four and Janna Zogg helped out with two points. Senior Kristine Mendoza, with five rebounds, was also honored with the group.
The Grizzly juniors also showed their stuff as Emily Alexander and Amanda Troiano chipped in four points apiece and Lexi Chiaratti added three.
It was an exciting night as well for the boys who sit two wins away from hosting the first playoff game in Golden Sierra history.
It took all of five seconds for senior Jason Yurgelevic to drain one of his five, three-pointers. Yurgelevic, named the player of the game, finished with 20 points, five steals and four rebounds.
Aside from Yurgelevic’s big night, free throws determined the outcome for the Griz. The score was knotted at 29s at halftime before Golden Sierra outscored the visitors 26-15 in the third quarter.
Highlands’ quickness initially took the Grizzlies by surprise but they adjusted to better maintain their possessions. Prior to that, the Scots took advantage with one too many baskets due to the host’s miscues.
“Our taking care of the ball could have been better,” Golden Sierra coach Al Toney said. “We do a good job of hustling to the ball but not taking care of it once we have it.”
Yurgelevic was honored with fellow seniors Peter Biersteker and Kyle Shiba. Biersteker, with 11 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, shared his feelings about Monday being potentially his last home game unless they make the playoffs.
“(It’s) pretty sad, I am kind of bummed because this will be the last time I play in front of my school again,” Biersteker said.
Micah Wever and Nick White both had impressive double-doubles. Wever had 17 points and 13 rebounds and White finished with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Sam Holter (seven rebounds) chipped in seven points.