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Horizon's Kylie Jimenez had one of her best nights of the season, scoring a game-high 30 points. But it wasn't good enough as visiting Grandview came through with a 69-45 victory in the teams' Feb. 7 non-league encounter.
None of Jimenez's teammates, however, joined her in double figures. Isabella Allen ended with seven points, while four remaining teammates combined for eight points.
Grandview's Michaela Onyenwere scored 24 points to pace the Wolves while being joined in double figures by Jaiden Galloway and Leilah Vigil, each with 11 points.
Grandview, coached by Josh Ulitzky, improved to 18-1 on the season, while Horizon, under coach Kim Kubsch, fell to 17-3 after the Feb. 7 game.
"It was a great first half, but the third quarter was not what we wanted," said Jimenez, a senior. "We need to find ways to finish and not let anyone get away from us. We moved the ball to begin, but we just couldn't keep it up. We were beaten by a great team."
The game was close through the first half as Grandview led by only 30-28 lead. But the Wolves broke it open in the third quarter, establishing a 49-35 lead, then finished Horizon off with a 20-point, fourth-quarter onslaught.
"It's been a tough year and you just have to take each game one at a time," said Grandview's Vigil. "I don't want to let up, and we just have to keep relying on each other."
A 16-point run in the third quarter, without giving up any points to Horizon, gave Grandview a 48-30 advantage with approximately two minutes left in the period.
But the best was yet to come in the fourth.
Grandview fashioned an 18-5 run, and with 2:47 left in the game, registered an insurmountable 67-40 lead.
"The kids played great and we were certainly able to apply the pressure on defense and put on a good offensive performance," said Ulitzky. "We certainly have had a good run and we just want to keep it going."
Although Horizon's coach Dan Doehler was pleased with his team's opening efforts, he was less than satisfied with the second half.
"Our first half we were able to keep up with them and it was a good game," said Doehler. "But we let them get away from us in the second. We just don't want this game to hurt us. We just need to be ready and on our guard to finish out the rest of the season."
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