By Dave Brousseau
LAKELAND – The Grandview Prep girls basketball teams stay at the Class 2A state semifinal came and went at the expense of Florida Prep.
The Pride was outmatched by the defending state champ before falling 66-37 at the RP Funding Center on Wednesday.
The Falcons (23-7) will play FAMU for the state title on Friday. The Rattlers advance with a 52-39 victory over Keswick Christian.
“We ran into a beast at the end of the tunnel,” said Grandview coach Ian Clarke. “They have a very good basketball team out there. We fought, but there just wasn’t enough to get over the hump.”
Grandview (18-10), despite trailing big from the opening tip and by 22 points at the half, displayed some grit by playing even in the third quarter.
The was the consolation despite the result.
The 29-point loss was the fourth worst of the season in comparison to the 36-point loss to Lourdes and 35-point setback to Boca Raton and 33-points to Oxbridge Academy.
“At the beginning of the season we had a tough start with the chemistry,” said Grandview center Ciadorah Angervil, who led her team with 14 points. “We didn’t get here easily, but we fought. We did everything we could by putting in the work and time.”
The glaring difference in Florida Preps win was they shot 62.5 percent in the opening half to build a sizable lead and 46.4 percent in the second half to maintain it.
FLORIDA PREP 66, GRANDVIEW PREP 37
GVP (18-10): Darwin 3-0-8, Angervil 3-8-14, Ngo 0-4-, Montelbano 3-2-8, Keane 1-0-3.
FP (23-7): McDonald 1-0-2, Burks 4-0-8, Risch 9-2-25, Williams 4-0-8, Joiner 0-2-2, Waldon 5-1-11, Major 0-2-2, Patrizio 0-1-1, King 1-0-2, Laclerc 2-0-5.
3-pointers: Risch 5, Darwin 2, Keane. Half: FP 36-14