Chaparral girls fall in Great Eight

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DENVER — The Chaparral girls basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 55-38 loss to Grandview in a Great Eight game March 7 at the Denver Coliseum.

Grandview raced to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and scored the first six points in the second quarter to go ahead 19-6, and it was an uphill battle the rest of the game for the Wolverines.

The closest the Wolverines could come to the Wolves was 11 points late in the third quarter.

“They played a little faster than us,” Chaparral coach Tony Speights said. “No, it wasn't nerves. They just played a little better than us.”

Katie Longwell, a 5-foot-7 senior guard, scored 11 points to lead Chaparral, which ended the season with a 19-6 record.

Speights told reporters after a 71-36 loss to Highlands Ranch in the first game of the Continental League season not to count out his team, and his team made him sound like a prophet.

“I have seven amazing seniors,” Speights said. “I wished they could have got a little bit more. 19-6 was a good season.

“It was a good season, good kids, great senior class and great leadership. I can't say enough good things about those kids. They gave it everything they had and came up a little short. There's no shame in that.”

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