It was as if Porsha Grayson was speaking a foreign language.
With the Golden Valley junior wearing a mouthpiece for the first time, nobody could understand her.
So when Grayson really needed to get her teammates' attention, she screamed.
She had plenty to scream about Thursday night.
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Grayson scored 21 points to help the GV girls to a 52-38 win over Modesto Enochs in the first round of the Cougar Classic.
"It was frustrating because nobody could understand what I was saying," Grayson said. "So I just screamed. I have a pretty loud voice."
Grayson was forced to wear the mouthpiece after being on the receiving end of a head butt during a rebounding drill at Wednesday's practice.
Grayson was left with three loose teeth.
"I didn't think I'd be able to play like that," she said. "I thought I'd need a sub more. I was still scared somebody might hit my teeth."
Grayson was able to escape the game with all her teeth and GV avoided an upset.
Both teams struggled while adjusting to way the game was called by the officials.
One ref called three 3-second violations and two free-throw violations in the first quarter alone.
The same official called 12 free-throw violations in the game.
Three players fouled out as the teams combined for 52 team fouls and 70 free-throw attempts.
"It was a strange game," GV coach Matt Thissen said. "I felt out of it on the sideline because I was trying to put out fires."
Meanwhile, Golden Valley built a 12-point lead a few minutes into the second quarter.
However, Enochs solved the mystery of GV's full-court press and started taking advantage of its size.
Enochs trailed by just one at halftime and the game was tied 35-35 after the third quarter.
Golden Valley made a defensive change and it helped trigger a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter.
Grayson and Shannon McMillin combined for 11 of GV's 17 fourth-quarter points.
"We adjusted our press," Thissen said. "We went away from our zone full-court press and went man-to-man.
"That helped force a couple turnovers and a couple 5-second violations. It got our juices flowing."
Golden Valley will face Atwater tonight at 8 p.m. in the winners bracket.
BUHACH COLONY 43
FRESNO CENTRAL 35
Behind Aly Gleason's game-high 15 points, Buhach Colony (1-0) stormed past Fresno Central with a 19-point fourth quarter.
FRESNO HOOVER 31
Manshio Saephanh drained a pair of 3s and paced Atwater (1-0) with 14 points in a victory over Fresno Hoover.
GOLDEN VALLEY 59
Liataud Prophete scored a game-high 18 points and Golden Valley (1-0) drained eight 3-pointers in a victory over Downey.
FRIDAY'S SCORES: Atwater 45, Fresno Hoover 31; Sacramento Burbank 72, Bakersfield Golden Valley 44; Buhach Colony 43, Fresno Central 35.
TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Fresno Central vs. Bakersfield Golden Valley, 3:30 p.m.; Fresno Hoover vs. Enochs, 5 p.m.; Buhach Colony vs. Sacramento Burbank, 6:30 p.m.; Golden Valley vs. Atwater, 8 p.m.
GOLDEN VALLEY 52
At Cougar Arena
ENOCHS 6 21 8 3 -- 38
GOLDEN VALLEY 15 13 7 17 -- 52
ENOCHS -- Nicole Stammer 1, Rene Pico 2, Brya Sablan 5, Adrianna Martinez 2, Jalissa Freeman 3, Shanika Blunt 3, Kayla White 2, Taylor Morgan 2, Clairessa Deltart 8, Stephanie Bell 9. Totals: 13 10-27 38.
GOLDEN VALLEY -- Shannon McMillin 8, Surman Purewall 1, Ebony Washington 2, Porsha Grayson 21, Allison Cruz 1, Danielle Valadez 4, Beatriz Naranjo 7, Carina Simms 4, Becky Morris 2. Totals: 14 22-43 52.
3-pointers: None; Team Fouls: Enochs 31, Golden Valley 21; Fouled Out: Blunt (Enochs), White (Enochs), Purewall (GV).
Records: Enochs 0-1; Golden Valley 1-0.