The Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team pulled away from Johnstown in the third quarter and clamped down on the defensive end late for a 48-40 win in the second round of the Division III district tournament Wednesday at Delaware.

The Grandview Heights High School girls basketball team pulled away from Johnstown in the third quarter and clamped down on the defensive end late for a 48-40 win in the second round of the Division III district tournament Wednesday at Delaware.

Johnstown led 26-25 at halftime, but Grandview found a groove offensively in the third quarter after forcing Johnstown out of its full-court pressure.

"We felt if we could get them to play man, we'd have a little bit of an advantage," Grandview coach Steve Hall said. "They had to go to that once we got the lead."

Grandview, which improved to 11-10, will play Wednesday at Olentangy Liberty against Fredericktown or top-seeded Pleasant in a district semifinal. Johnstown finished 11-11.

An efficient offense helped Grandview build a 40-34 lead entering the fourth quarter, but it was the Bobcats' defense down the stretch that kept the lead safe. The Johnnies scored just 14 points in the second half and went scoreless over the final five minutes.

"I think we hurt ourselves a lot tonight," Johnstown coach Connie Allen said. "They did a good job of helping on our posts. We knew that was going to happen. But we seemed really slow offensively, not setting good screens, not cutting to our screens. It seemed like we were kind of just going through the motions."

The Johnnies had the deficit down to 45-40 with four minutes remaining, but Bobcats guard Hilary Ells made a 3-pointer from the left corner that put the lead back to a much safer margin.

"I kind of second-guessed myself at first," Ells said. "Should I shoot it or should I not? I just decided to go for it. I'm glad it went in, that's for sure."

Guard Spencer Jump led Grandview with 13 points and guard Emma Liberatore added 10. Guard Chelsea Sager and post player Chelsea Cannon scored 12 points for Johnstown.