BOULDER -- The Fairview boys basketball team reserved the first quarter for honoring its 10 seniors on Tuesday night. The second quarter was for making sure league title hopes didn't take an unexpected hit.

And then it was back to celebrating the seniors.

Using an 18-3 run in the second quarter, the Knights pulled away and rolled to a 77-41 senior night rout of struggling Legacy to set up a showdown against Monarch in the regular season finale.

Nine of the Knights' 10 seniors scored on the evening. Even the guys who don't usually play much made their presence felt, piling up a 24-4 advantage in the third quarter with mostly reserves -- and exclusively seniors -- on the floor.

"It feels really good," said senior Taylor Hopkins, who finished with a season-high 10 points. "I was really happy with what we did."

The Knights' four juniors, including two regular starters and another regular contributor, played only sparingly in the game.

Usual starters Brent Wrapp and Trevor McQueeney led the way along with fellow senior Dakota Pilkington, with all three scoring 11 points each. Senior Austin Sparks added 10 himself, Cubby Lane eight and Chad Rachubinski seven. Seniors Luke Schneider and Charlie Balter had six and two points, respectively.

With Fairview (19-3, 14-1) leading 16-8 after the first quarter, the usual starting lineup of Wrapp, Sparks, McQueeney and juniors Gabe Tierney and Miles Mackenzie finally took the floor together and slapped a full-court press on Legacy (6-16, 2-13) that essentially put the game away.


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The Knights led 38-13 with 2:45 to go before halftime before the liberal substitutions began once again. FHS led 68-28 by the end of the third quarter even though the usual starting five saw little action after halftime.

"I think some kids who don't get to play as much really contributed tonight," Wrapp said. "Good team win. Everyone brought something to the table."

Now that the senior night festivities are in the rearview, the Knights can focus squarely on Thursday's home game against Monarch (18-4, 13-2). The Coyotes are tied with Fossil Ridge for second place in the conference and already own one victory over Fairview this season. Fossil Ridge, meanwhile, beat Monarch but lost to Fairview.

FHS coach Frank Lee said he wasn't sure what the tiebreaker would be if his team, Monarch and Fossil all ended up with 14-2 league marks given that Fossil Ridge played Fairview and Monarch only once each, while FHS and MHS dueled twice.

"It will be a battle and be a fun tournament-atmosphere-type game," Lee said. "Hopefully we don't have to (look the tiebreakers up)."

For Legacy, Tuesday's game marked the 10th loss in a row and 12th in 13 games since a 5-4 start to the season.

Eleven Lightning players scored, led by Andrew Hebel's seven points. But 21 turnovers, including eight in the second quarter, helped undo LHS' efforts, and the Lightning substituted liberally in the second half as well.

LHS finishes its season Thursday at home against last-place Mountain Range, the last team the Lightning beat.

"Lessons you can take in real life," Legacy coach Gunnar Johnson said of his teaching points at this point in the season. "You can quit on yourself, quit on your teammates, or come battle your butts off for your seniors on senior night."

 

Fairview 77, Legacy 41

At Fairview HS

LEGACY (6-16, 2-13)

Brunetti-Ball 0 0-1 0, Hebel 3 1-2 7, Jacobsen 2 0-0 4, Gibson 1 3-4 6, Baum 1 0-0 2, Mengist 1 0-0 2, Jensen 1 0-0 2, Weber 1 0-0 2, McCall 1 0-0 3, Salazar 0 0-0 0, J. Royer 2 0-0 4, D. Royer 2 1-3 5, Johnson 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 5-10 41.

FAIRVIEW (19-3, 14-1)

Wrapp 5 0-0 11, Tierney 1 1-2 3, McQueeney 5 0-0 11, Lane 4 0-0 8, Martin 0 0-0 0, Pilkington 4 0-0 11, Schneider 2 1-2 6, Hopkins 4 0-0 10, Balter 1 0-0 2, Twist 0 0-0 0, Waters 0 0-0 0, Mackenzie 0 0-0 0, Sparks 4 2-2 10, Rachubinski 3 0-0 7. Totals 33 4-6 77.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 8 16 4 13 -- 41

Fairview 16 28 24 9 -- 77

3-point field goals -- Legacy (3): Gibson, McCall; Fairview (7): Hopkins 2, Rachubinski, Schneider, Pilkington, McQueeney, Wrapp. Total fouls -- Legacy 7, Fairview 11. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.