The Pullman Greyhounds survived a flurry of long range shooting by the Deer Park Lady Stags to win the opening round District VII tournament 51-49 on Tuesday.
The win propelled the Greyhounds (9-11) into the double-elimination portion of the tournament, while the Lady Stags ended their season at 11-10.
Trailing 49-38 with 2:14 to play, Deer Park closed the margin on 3-pointers from Danielle Beltrame, Tessa Heins and Alison Ruygrok but could not catch the Greyhounds.
Pullman, which led 39-37 going into the fourth quarter, used its inside game to stretch its lead to a big enough margin to withstand the Lady Stags’ final run.
For most of the first three quarters, both teams traded the lead.
Deer Park led 21-15 midway through the second quarter on a Beltrame 3-pointer, only to have Pullman rally to take a 24-22 lead at halftime.
The Greyhounds led 34-26 in the third quarter on Dakota Wickard basket only to have the Stags surge ahead on a Heins’ 3-pointer 37-35 with minute left in the quarter.
Pullman responded with a 10-0 run and never trailed the rest of the way.
Beltrame, who hit five 3-pointers, took scoring honors with 20 points while Heins added 17 more. Drake led Pullman with 19 points and Wickard finished with 18.