BOULDER -- Nicole Lehrer had been held in check for most of the night for the Broomfield Eagles girls basketball team. But the sophomore guard came through when her team needed her most.

Lehrer drained six free throws in a row and seven of eight total over the final 73 seconds of the game to ice a 46-40 victory over Palmer in the Fairview Festival semifinals.

Lehrer finished with 12 points and five rebounds to lead the Eagles, who improved to 5-0.

"They're a phenomenal team," Lehrer said of Palmer. "To come out here and prove ourselves, it's a great win."

Palmer (5-1) had been a giant killer of late, knocking off previous 4A No. 1 Pueblo South and previous 5A No. 1 Highlands Ranch so far this season. But the Eagles came in determined not to be the third top-ranked victim.

"That didn't escape their minds," Broomfield coach Mike Croell said of his players. "This group I think needed that signature win to find out, 'Hey, maybe we are for real.'"

Palmer rallied to take the lead early in the fourth quarter after trailing for most of the game. But Callie Kaiser's 15-foot baseline jumper put the Eagles up for good, 36-34, before BHS put the game away at the line.

The Eagles, who face Denver East in Saturday's 5 p.m. championship game at Fairview, took all the momentum into halftime with a 7-2 run and 22-16 lead.

But the balanced Palmer group never went away.

Jasmine Green hit a pair of 3-pointers to cut Broomfield’s lead to 28-27 heading into the fourth quarter. And Molly Myers’ steal and layup to start the fourth quarter gave Palmer the lead before the Eagles finally wrangled it back on Kaiser’s bucket.

Brenna Chase and Stacie Hull scored nine points apiece to aid in the Eagles’ effort.

Palmer came in averaging 61 points per game but was held to a 14-for-53 shooting night by Broomfield’s 2-3 zone defense. Leading scorer Jenn Urbaniak finished with 13 points.

“Just one of those games,” Palmer coach Dave Shackelford said. “Point-blank shots we just couldn’t get to fall and that’s a tribute to Broomfield. They came out in a zone and that caught us off-guard a little bit.”
   

Broomfield 46, Palmer 40

At Fairview HS

BROOMFIELD

Kaiser 2 0-0 4, Wilber 2 1-3 5, Croell 1 0-0 2, Stovall 0 0-0 0, Lehrer 2 8-10 12, Chase 3 2-4 9, Rohrbaugh 2 1-2 5, Hull 4 1-2 9. Totals 16 13-21 46.

PALMER

Barela 0 0-0 0, Urbaniak 4 5-5 13, Leaf 3 1-2 7, Hardy 2 4-6 8, Myers 2 0-2 4, Green 3 0-0 8. Totals 14 10-15 40.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 10 12 6 18 -- 46

Palmer 6 10 11 13 -- 40

3-point field goals -- Broomfield (1): Chase; Palmer (2): Green 2. Total fouls -- Broomfield 11, Palmer 16. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.

 

 

 

SILVER CREEK 68, ARVADA WEST 45

Emilie Rembert scored 28 points to lead Silver Creek to victory in a consolation round game of the Fairview Festival over 5A Arvada West.

The Raptors advanced to Saturday's 2 p.m. fifth-place game.

At Fairview HS

SILVER CREEK

Davis 4 1-1 9, Rembert 14 0-0 28, Bishop 2 1-2 5, Strub 3 1-4 7, Dauer 0 0-0 0, Wamer 1 0-2 2, Keil 3 0-0 7, Ramirez 2 0-0 6, Reed 3 1-2 7. Totals 32 5-12 68.

ARVADA WEST

Line 0 0-0 0, Stark 1 0-0 3, Brown 2 0-0 4, Hayes 2 0-0 4, McGinn 0 0-0 0, Gillette 0 1-2 1, Waters 7 3-5 19, Hendrickson 5 0-0 15. Totals 17 4-7 45.

Score by quarters:

Silver Creek 12 22 16 18 -- 68

Arvada West 8 17 6 15 -- 45

3-point field goals -- Silver Creek (3): Ramirez 2, Keil; Arvada West (7): Hendrickson 5, Stark, Water. Total fouls -- Silver Creek 13, Arvada West 12. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.