Girls Basketball: Grandview downs Cherry Creek for third time, earns way into 5A Final Four

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Grandview freshman Alisha Davis contests Cherry Creek's Sydney Merch's shot during the Great 8 round of the playoffs on March 4, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum. The Wolves posted a 58-47 victory over the Bruins to earn a spot in the March 10 5A Final Four at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview freshman Alisha Davis contests Cherry Creek’s Sydney Merch’s shot during the Great 8 round of the playoffs on March 4, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum. The Wolves posted a 58-47 victory over the Bruins to earn a spot in the March 10 5A Final Four at the Coors Events Center in Boulder. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Grandview girls basketball team is headed back to Boulder.

After a detour last season with a heartbreaking overtime loss in the Class 5A Sweet 16, the Wolves returned to the Great 8 and took it a step further with a 58-47 victory over Centennial League rival Cherry Creek Friday night at the Denver Coliseum, earning their third trip to the semifinals in four seasons.

The Grandview girls basketball team poses with the Kaye Garms Region championship plaque after its 58-47 win over Cherry Creek in a Class 5A Great 8 playoff game on March 4, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)
The Grandview girls basketball team poses with the Kaye Garms Region championship plaque after its 58-47 win over Cherry Creek in a Class 5A Great 8 playoff game on March 4, 2016, at the Denver Coliseum. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Coach Josh Ulitzky’s Grandview team got 26 points from junior Michaela Onyenwere and 13 more from freshman Alisha Davis as it captured the Kaye Garms Regional title and the spot opposite second-seeded ThunderRidge in the March 10 Final Four at the Coors Events Center in Boulder.

The Wolves (26-0) will take on the Grizzlies — who ran past top-seeded Lakewood, the team that knocked Grandview out of last season’s playoffs, in another Great 8 contest — to decide which team will play in the March 12 5A championship game against the winner of the other semifinal, which pits No. 2 Ralston Valley against No. 1 Highlands Ranch.

Grandview posted 22- and 30-point victories over Cherry Creek during the Centennial League season and got off to a fine start in its quest to sweep the Bruins, taking an eight-point lead after one quarter.

As usual, Onyenwere helped the Wolves got off to a good start and she piled up 15 points in the opening two periods to help her team build an 11-point advantage by the break.

With Davis coming on in the second half — when she scored 11 of her 13 points — Grandview pushed the lead to 15 points several times, but the Bruins wouldn’t go away and cut their deficit to 10 points early in the fourth quarter.

The Wolves maintained a double-digit advantage the rest of the way.

Courtney Oakes is Aurora Sentinel Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

(1) GRANDVIEW 58, (3) CHERRY CREEK 47

Score by quarters:

Cherry Creek   9   9  10  19 — 47

Grandview     17  12    9  19 — 58

CHERRY CREEK (47)

Allison Dwinnell 3 1-2 9, Sydney Mech 4 1-1 10, Lauren McMillen 2 0-0 4, Britanee Bivins 2 2-2 6, Laura Pranger 5 3-8 15, Hannah Young 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 8-14 47.

GRANDVIEW (58)

Alexus Gash 0 0-0 0, Alisha Davis 3 7-8 13, Michaela Onyenwere 11 4-7 26, Kennede Brown 0 1-1 1, Jaiden Galloway 2 1-2 6, Kayla Vallin 3 0-0 6, Allyah Marlett 2 0-0 4, Lenzi Hudson 1 0-0 2, Heaven Smith 0 0-0 0, Shalom Prince 0 0-0 0, Madison Noone 0 0-0, Sariah Serreno 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 13-18 58.

3-point field goals — Cherry Creek (5): Allison Dwinnell 2, Laura Pranger 2, Sydney Mech; Grandview: Jaiden Galloway. Total fouls — Cherry Creek 17, Grandview 15. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.