Fruitland freshman Abbi Roubidoux introduced herself to the world, putting up 14 points against New Plymouth, 12 in the second half, to lead both teams in scoring in the girls basketball season opener on Nov. 19.

Senior forward Grace Johnson scored 13 points and Madi Fritts scored 11 points.

For the first time since 2014, the Grizzlies have opened the season with a win and also snapped a four-game losing streak to the Pilgrims. Fruitland coach Amber Drollinger agreed the Grizzlies look a lot more polished in the season opener than they have in years past.

“There’s a lot of gym rats on the team this year,” Drollinger said. “And a lot of them came out for summer ball. We played a lot of games this summer. They just love the game.”

With two freshmen out on the court playing significant minutes, Drollinger said she’s never worried about the team chemistry.

“The team plays so well together and they work hard together,” Drollinger said. “Any five I put out there, they will work hard and they will all cheer for each other.”

Denise Pelayo led New Plymouth with 14 points. Alyssa Christensen scored nine points.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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