AURORA — The Grandview girls basketball team is not only one of Colorado's premier teams, but the Wolves have also rapidly ascended up the MaxPreps national rankings, too.

And while Fairview all season long has been a team dependent on a lengthy and adept bench with many girls able to contribute, on Tuesday night at the Grandview gym it was the hosts whose depth put on a championship-level performance.

That, combined with Micheala Onyenwere's inspiring show of athleticism, added up to an 81-31 loss in the Class 5A Sweet 16 for head coach Rod Beauchamp's Knights.

After a well-played first quarter that saw FHS go toe-to-toe with an undefeated team, Grandview took over behind Onyenwere's 27 points and 14 rebounds — many of them on the offensive end — and a combined seven GHS 3-pointers, five of those from their bench.

Grandview, ranked 20th in the MaxPreps XCellent 25, moved on to the Great 8 later this week at 25-0, while Fairview ended its season 16-10.

"They shot better than probably we expected and they had their 3-point shooters coming off the bench," said Beauchamp, whose team was led by Ashley Panem's 10 points and seven rebounds. "They all hit big shots, and then with their transition game it just started to become a layup contest. We went cold after the first quarter, hung around for a quarter but that was it.

"It was a good season nonetheless."

The confidence the Knights have shown throughout their campaign accompanied them to the court, as they fought from an early flurry that had Grandview up 8-2 in the first 1 minute, 14 seconds to make it 18-17 with 1:36 left in the first stanza.


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The Wolves, which shot 50 percent from the floor (35-for-68) overall, heated up in the second by making five of their first six shots — including three treys — to open up a 36-20 lead. Fairview at the same time had some unlucky rim-outs and was cold from the field, and that turned into a two-quarter freeze.

Onyenwere missed much of the second quarter after picking up a second personal foul, and she sat out the fourth quarter, as well. That did not stop her from hitting her season scoring average (24.3, which leads 5A) and creating a headache of a game for FHS.

"She jumps so well, she's strong and she has a nice touch around the rim," Beauchamp said of Onyenwere, just a junior. "She is as good a player as there is."

Alisha Davis, a 6-foot freshman, added eight points, three blocks and seven rebounds for Grandview. The Wolves bench totaled 36 points.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Grandview 81, Fairview 31

At Grandview HS

FAIRVIEW (16-10)

Kuosman 0 0-0 0, Sobolik 2 0-0 4, Safi 0 0-0 0, Pinto 1 2-4 4, K. O'Neill 1 0-0 2, Gordon 3 0-0 7, Koenigsberg 1 0-0 2, Raguveer 0 0-0 0, Panem 3 4-4 10, Tidstrom 1 0-0 2, G. O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Webster 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-8 31.

GRANDVIEW (25-0)

Gash 0 0-0 0, Noone 1 0-0 3, Davis 4 0-0 8, Vallin 4 0-3 9, Onyenwere 13 1-1 27, Brown 2 0-0 4, Galloway 2 0-2 6, Prince 1 0-0 2, Marlett 2 3-4 8, Hudson 5 0-0 12, Smith 1 0-0 2, Serrano, 0 0-0 0. Totals 35 4-10 81.

Score by quarters:

Fairview 17 6 2 6 — 31

Grandview 21 17 28 15 — 81

3-point field goals — Fairview (1): Gordon; Grandview (7): Galloway 2, Hudson 2, Noone, Vallin, Marlett.