BROOMFIELD -- When it comes to second-ranked Broomfield's current roster of players, cross-town rivalries have given them little to cheer about. Entering this season, the team had a 0-4 record the past two years when facing opponents from within the city's limits.
But Saturday night, the tide finally turned for the Eagles in one of their more heated grudge matches. Broomfield's 57-46 win over defending Class 5A state champion won few style points, but ugly as it got the Eagles were more than satisfied with the victory.
"It was good win after our losses to them," Broomfield sophomore Callie Kaiser said. "We got to show them that even though we are 4A, we're still right there."
Kaiser spurred the turning point for Broomfield (2-0) in a tense start to the fourth period. Just moments after Legacy (1-1) had knotted the game 43-43, the wing came up with the key defensive play of the game. She stole the ball on the Lightning's end of the court, delivering it to Nicole Lehrer. The guard's subsequent layup and foul gave Broomfield its final lead of the game and a ton of momentum.
The play was a relief for the Eagles, Kasier said, since all indications pointed to Legacy making a move.
"It was kind of nerve racking," said the wing, who finished with seven steals on the night. "But we stayed composed and made some big shots to finish off."
The Eagles' defense was also pretty snappy to finish, holding Legacy to three points for the final 6 minutes of play. But part of Broomfield's success was not allowing the Lightning to strike at their most potent position -- the free-throw line. Legacy finished the night hitting 28-of-32 free-throw attempts. With shooting like that Mike Croell believes his team dodged a bullet.
"That was about the craziest game I've been a part of," the Broomfield coach said. "If you would have told me we'd put them at the free-throw line as many times as we did and they'd shoot the way they did and we'd win by 11, I would have never believed it."
Legacy was shorthanded entering the game, which proved to be a weak spot against Broomfield's deep roster, Craig Van Patton said.
"It made it tough, especially when it became a war of attrition," said the Legacy coach, who had three player foul out.
The loss stung, Courtney Smith said. And the Legacy post pointed out, finishing with just nine field goals her team has plenty to work on. But she said, her team is not hitting the panic button after one loss.
"We lost to Air Academy last year and still won state," said the sophomore, who went a perfect 10 for 10 from the line. "So this seems like a similar situation. You can grow a lot in a season. This game is definitely a learning experience."
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Broomfield 57, Legacy 46
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Lopez 2 3-4 7, Neely 0 5-6 5, Gallegos 2 2-2 6, K. Smith 2 4-4 8, Paulson 1 4-6 6, C. Smith 2 10-10 14. Totals 9 28-32 46.
Kaiser 0 9-11 9, Wilber 3 0-2 8, Croell 3 0-1 7, Lehrer 1 5-7 7, Chase 3 2-2 11, Rohrbough 4 0-0 11, Albrecht 0 0-2 0, Hull 2 0-2 4. Totals 16 16-27 57.
Score by quarters:
Legacy 8 18 13 7 -- 46
Broomfield 14 16 10 17 -- 57
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (9): Wilber 2, Croell, Chase 3, Rohrbough 3. Total fouls -- Legacy 24, Broomfield 23. Fouled out -- Chase, Lopez, Kuyper, Paulson. Technical fouls -- none.