Girls Basketball: Grandview falls just short of Lakewood in Sweet 16 playoff classic

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Grandview sophomores Michaela Onyenwere, left, and Kennede Brown leave the floor as Lakewood fans celebrate the Tigers' 86-83 outlasting of the Wolves in a Class 5A Sweet 16 girls state basketball playoff game on March 3, 2015, at Lakewood High School. Grandview rallied from as many as 17 points down in the fourth quarter to lead inside of a minute, but saw its season end at 20-5. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview sophomores Michaela Onyenwere, left, and Kennede Brown leave the floor as Lakewood fans celebrate the Tigers’ 86-83 outlasting of the Wolves in a Class 5A Sweet 16 girls state basketball playoff game on March 3, 2015, at Lakewood High School. Grandview rallied from as many as 17 points down in the fourth quarter to lead inside of a minute, but saw its season end at 20-5. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

LAKEWOOD | Tuesday night’s Class 5A Sweet 16 contest was a roller coaster ride that left the Grandview girls basketball team sick to its stomach when it was over.

The third-seeded Wolves felt the low of trailing second-seeded Lakewood by 17 points in the early stages of the fourth quarter, then a huge high of coming all the way back to take 1-point lead with under a minute left and finally, the ultimate low when their last-gasp shot fell short as time expired in an 86-83 loss.

Sophomore Michaela Onyenwere scored a career-high 43 points — including 18 in Grandview’s 33-point fourth quarter barrage — and sophomore Lenzi Hudson poured in 18, but it wasn’t enough to keep coach Josh Ulitzky’s team from its first loss in the Sweet 16 round of the playoffs since 2009.

The Wolves, who had advanced to the Final Four in each of the past two seasons, finished the season 20-5.

Lakewood got 35 points from junior McKenna Bishop, who led five players in double figures. The Tigers (20-5) move on to the Denver Coliseum for Friday’s Great 8 to take on top-seeded Broomfield (23-2), a 73-53 winner over Pine Creek.

Ulitzky had a lot of things he could point to that contributed to the close loss, such as the technical foul he was hit with late in the third quarter, as well as the Wolves missing 18 of their 48 free-throw attempts on the night, including 12 misfires in the first half.

Yet Grandview still had every chance to win as it flipped a switch after falling behind 74-57 with just over five minutes left.

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

(2) LAKEWOOD 86, (3) GRANDVIEW 83

Score by quarters:

Grandview  17  15  18  33 — 83

Lakewood   11  22  29  24 — 86

GRANDVIEW (83)

Jaiden Galloway 2 1-2 6, Kennede Brown 0 4-8 4, Michaela Onyenwere 13 17-24 43, Cristina Salazar 1 0-1 2, Sierra Penn 1 0-0 2, Lenzi Hudson 5 6-7 18, Kayla Vallin 1 2-6 4, Hannah Hasstedt 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 30-48 83.

LAKEWOOD (86)

Anissa Barela 3 6-6 13, Madeline Miller 4 0-0 10, McKenna Bishop 13 9-11 35, Marisela Perez 1 0-1 2, Mackenzie Forrest 3 4-8 11, Camilla Emsbo 4 2-4 10, Madeline Coughlin 0 2-2 2, Britney Laraway 1 0-0 2, Kira Emsbo 0 1-2 1. Totals 29 25-35 86.

3-point field goals — Grandview (3): Lenzi Hudson 2, Jaiden Galloway; Lakewood (3): Madeline Miller 2, Anissa Barela. Total fouls — Grandview 20, Lakewood 32. Fouled out — Grandview: Galloway; Lakewood (3): Kira Emsbo, Mackenzie Forrest, Miller. Technical fouls — Grandview: Coach.