The Deer Park girls basketball team, using a 10 for 14 free throw shooting performance in the fourth quarter, defeated the Pullman Greyhounds 51-42 on Friday.
The Lady Stags (2-0 in Great Northern League play), led 35-27 going into the fourth quarter, only to see the Greyhounds (0-2) cut the margin to 40-37 with 4 minutes to play.
Deer Park responded with a free throw and basket by Tessa Heins and two more free throws from Danielle Beltrame to extend the lead to 45-37 with 1:40 to play.
The Greyhounds’ last hurrah came on a three-pointer by Jenny Nakata, the only long-range shot made by Pullman during the game.
Lady Stag head coach Kevin Ogelsbee said he told his players down the stretch to “play in the present” and make sure everybody was on the same page.
Deer Park outscored Pullman 6-2 in the final minute of the game.
Despite opening up a 7-0 lead it the opening minutes of the game, the Lady Stags could not shake the Greyhounds and actually trailed 27-24 at halftime.
Deer Park finally took the lead for good in the opening minute of the second half and then let its defense stifle the Pullman attack for the remainder of the third quarter.
The Lady Stags outscored the Greyhounds 11-0 in the third quarter.
Heins led all scorers with 19 points, while Nakata led the Greyhounds with a dozen.