Girls Basketball: Grandview rolls past Dakota Ridge into 5A’s Sweet 16

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on Friday Feb. 24, 2017 at Grandview High School. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Grandview senior Michaela Onyenwere, left, goes for a loose ball with Dakota Ridge’s Sydney Daniels during the first half of the Wolves’ 88-31 win over the Eagles in a 2017 Class 5A girls state basketball second round playoff contest on Feb. 24, 2017, at Grandview High School. Onyenwere scored a game-high 21 points as second-seeded Grandview moved into the 5A Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | On a night where Michaela Onyenwere officially was honored as a McDonald’s All-American, the Grandview girls basketball team put on a total team effort in a 57-point state playoff victory Feb. 24.

Shortly after a ceremony to recognize Onyenwere as one of the top 24 players in the nation who will play in the March 29 McDonald’s All-American Game, the second-seeded Wolves got up big on visiting 31st-seeded Dakota Ridge, then throttled it back in a thorough 88-31 win in the second round of the Class 5A girls state basketball tournament.

Onyenwere scored 21 points — on 100 percent shooting from the field — in limited action, while junior Leilah Vigil contributed 16 and sophomore Alisha Davis 15 for coach Josh Ulitzky’s Grandview team, which moved into the Sweet 16 for the sixth straight season.

The Wolves (23-1) will play host to No. 15 Arapahoe — a 49-42 winner over No. 18 Chaparral — at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 in a Sweet 16 game. Grandview won both meetings against Arapahoe during Centennial League play.

Grandview exploited a definite size advantage against Dakota Ridge to score in the paint early and often, while senior guard Kennede Brown gave her team free possession after free possession as she racked up a season-high 10 steals.

Onyenwere finished 10-for-10 from the field — which included a 3-pointer — and had 17 points in the first half, which ended with the Wolves in front 57-15 after a 31-point second quarter. The Eagles finished with just five points in the half, but it was more than the 13 they managed against Grandview in a loss on Dec. 15, 2016.

Davis and Vigil combined for seven field goals in the third quarter as Grandview added 11 more points to the lead and reserves finished out the ballgame for the Wolves, who also put up 88 points in the first meeting with Dakota Ridge.

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

(2) GRANDVIEW 88, DAKOTA RIDGE 31

Score by quarters:

Dakota Ridge  8    7   11  3 — 31

Grandview     26  31  22  9 — 88

DAKOTA RIDGE (31)

Maggie Hawley 2 0-0 4, Sydney Daniels 2 1-2 5, Emily Doolittle 2 0-0 6, Alex Buchli 1 0-0 2, Skyler Lodile 1 0-0 2, Mallory Magana 3 2-2 8, Bailey Maines 1 0-0 2, Celina Wilkerson 1 0-2 2. Totals 13 3-6 31.

GRANDVIEW (88)

Jaiden Galloway 1 6-6 8, Alisha Davis 7 1-1 15, Michaela Onyenwere 10 0-0 21, Kennede Brown 4 0-0 8, Leilah Vigil 7 2-2 16, Lenzi Hudson 1 2-2 4, Allyah Marlett 1 2-2 5, Lexi Kelly 1 4-4 6, Kameryn Brown 1 0-0 3, Landri Hudson 0 2-2 2. Totals 33 19-19 88.

3-point field goals — Dakota Ridge (2): Emily Doolittle 2; Grandview (3): Kameryn Brown, Allyah Marlett, Michaela Onyenwere. Total fouls — Dakota Ridge 14, Grandview 12. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.