Girls Basketball: Defending champ Grandview is Coliseum-bound again

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Grandview sophomore guard Tomia Johnson (13) heads to the basket as she goes past Columbine’s Jade Stevens during the second half of the Wolves’ 75-36 win over the Rebels in a Class 5A girls state basketball Sweet 16 contest on Feb. 27, 2018, at Grandview High School. Grandview advanced to a Great 8 match up with Highlands Ranch on March 2 at the Denver Coliseum. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The last time the Grandview girls basketball team walked off the floor at the Denver Coliseum, it was clutching last season’s Class 5A state championship trophy.

The Wolves will return to the scene of the program’s greatest triumph on Friday as part of 5A’s Great 8 after Tuesday night’s commanding 75-36 win over Columbine.

Fourth-seeded Grandview shook off an early challenge from the 20th-seeded Rebels and went on to its 18th consecutive win, which put it in the 5A quarterfinals for the seventh time in the past eight seasons. Senior Leilah Vigil led the Wolves (22-3) with 18 points, sophomore Tomia Johnson added 12 and freshman Addison O’Grady 10.

Next up for coach Josh Ulitzky’s Grandview team is a matchup with fifth-seeded Highlands Ranch — a 74-39 winner over No. 12 Fairview — in a game that will be scheduled by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Wednesday.

The other Great 8 contests pit No. 6 Regis Jesuit against No. 3 Horizon, No. 7 Ralston Valley against No. 2 Lakewood and No. 8 Fossil Ridge against No. 1 Fruita Monument.

To join that group, Grandview had to turn back a challenge from a Columbine team that had upset 13th-seeded Doherty on the road in its previous contest. The Rebels (18-8) trailed by just nine points after one quarter, but saw that deficit balloon to nearly 20 by halftime.

The Wolves dialed it up from the perimeter in the opening half by knocking down five 3-pointers, including two by sophomore Landri Hudson in the first quarter and one for Johnson, junior Allyah Marlett and sophomore Kameryn Brown.

From there, Grandview’s swarming defense limited Columbine to three single-digit offensive quarters and the final scored marked the Wolves’ largest margin of the night at 39 points.

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

(4) GRANDVIEW 75, (20) COLUMBINE 36

Score by quarters:

Columbine  13    8    8    7 — 36

Grandview  22  18  16  19 — 75

COLUMBINE (36)

Ally Distler 1 0-0 3, Adrienne Harnum 1 1-2 3, Maura Singer 4 8-12 16, Jenna Lohrenz 1 0-0 2, Quincey Baum 2 0-0 5, Annika Schooler 2 1-2 6, Jade Stevens 0 1-2 1, Ally Pickarts 0 0-0 0, Kaitlin Mayberry 0 0-0 0, Haley Wessel 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 11-18 36.

GRANDVIEW (75)

Jaiden Galloway 1 0-3 2, Alisha Davis 2 0-3 4, Allyah Marlett 2 3-4 9, Leilah Vigil 7 4-5 18, Addison O’Grady 4 2-5 10, Kameryn Brown 2 0-0 5, Tomia Johnson 5 1-1 12, Landri Hudson 2 0-0 6, Sariah Serrano 3 0-0 6, Libby Campbell 0 1-2 1, Dasyai Jones 1 0-0 2. Totals 27 11-23 75.

3-point field goals — Columbine (3): Quincey Baum, Ally Distler, Annika Schooler; Grandview (6): Landri Hudson 2, Allyah Marlett 2, Kameryn Brown, Tomia Johnson. Total fouls — Columbine 20, Grandview 18. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.