LITTLETON | Class 5A girls basketball has no more undefeated teams, courtesy of Grandview’s impressive Centennial League victory Friday night at Arapahoe.
The Wolves played strong and confident from start to finish, getting up quickly and rolling to victory against the Warriors, who came in with a 14-0 mark.
Senior Natasha Edge scored a season-high 21 points to lead Grandview, which also got 13 from senior Adaeze Obinnah, 11 from junior Natalie Halbleib and 10 from junior Katie Cunningham. The Wolves improved to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the Centennial League, giving themselves a game cushion over Arapahoe (14-1, 5-1).
“I think they were amped up and ready to play tonight,” said Grandview coach Josh Ulitzky, whose team won its fourth straight games since its lone loss, to Regis Jesuit, on Jan. 12.
“Everybody who stepped on the floor did a great job,” he added. “I couldn’t be happier. We have to get back to work…but we’ll enjoy this one tonight.”
The Wolves have split the season series with the Warriors in each of the past two seasons and the teams have finished tied atop the league standings, which made this meeting a big one.
Grandview scored the first six points on layups by Obinnah, Cunningham and Sedia Olsen and never trailed.
The Wolves — who pestered Arapahoe with an effective trapping defense from the opening tip — opened up the early lead to as many as 14 points at 27-13 late in the second quarter when Edge hit a floater off an inbounds pass from Erin Kemp.
Edge finished with nine points in the second period and 13 in the first half, which ended with Grandview up by seven.
It was the fast start Edge has been looking for all season.
” I haven’t been doing my best offensively, but finally I didn’t think about it and played the game I’ve been playing since I was a little kid,” she said.
Not much changed in the second half, although the Warriors finally began to knock down the 3-pointers that missed in the first half.
Arapahoe slipped further and further behind, however, as Grandview’s defense continued to generate turnovers and baskets on the other end.
Halbleib’s third 3-pointer of the night game the Wolves a 16-point lead near the end of the third quarter.
Stacie Lukasiewicz finished with a team-high 16 points for Arapahoe, while Alex and Carla Buechler each made three 3-pointers and finished with nine points apiece.
The teams meet again on Feb. 20 at Grandview High School.
“It will be a battle again the next time we see them, that is for sure,” Ulitzky said.
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GRANDVIEW 65, ARAPAHOE 48
Score by quarters:
Grandview 16 13 24 12 — 65
Arapahoe 10 12 18 8 — 48
Natalie Halbleib 4 0-0 11, Natasha Edge 6 6-8 21, Katie Cunningham 2 6-9 10, Adaeze Obinnah 4 5-8 13, Sedia Olsen 2 2-2 6, Erin Kemp 1 0-0 3, Brooke Genovese 0 1-4 1. Totals 19 20-31 65.
Alex Buechler 3 0-0 9, Carly Buechler 3 0-0 9, Stacie Lukasiewicz 5 4-6 16, Karlyn Johnson 1 0-0 2, Savanah Nelson 2 0-0 4, Mikeala Moore 2 0-0 4, Molly Reidel 0 0-0 0, Kera Riley 1 1-2 4, Lindsay Sugo 0 0-0 0, Paige Husa 0 0-0 0, Jennah Knafelc 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-8 48.
3-point field goals — Grandview (7): Natasha Edge 3, Natalie Halbleib 3, Erin Kemp; Arapahoe (9): Alex Buechler 3, Carly Buechler 3, Stacie Lukasiewicz 2, Kera Riley. Total fouls — Grandview 14, Arapahoe 22. Fouled out — Arapahoe: Mikeala Moore. Technical fouls — None.