BOULDER -- The Fairview girls basketball team's prime rivalry game against Boulder doesn't come until Saturday night. But don't think the Knights weren't as pumped to win on Friday as they would be to top BHS.
Since joining the Front Range League for the 2008-09 season, the Knights had lost all eight games they played against Monarch, including two in lopsided fashion a year ago.
Fairview finally exorcised those demons with a runaway victory of their own, 56-39 over Monarch in a game that wasn't even as close as the final score indicated.
The Knights jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, led by 27 entering the fourth quarter, and never looked back in improving to 6-5 overall and 2-2 in league play. FHS faces Boulder at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Coors Events Center.
Monarch, fresh off a victory over No. 9 Horizon on Tuesday, fell to 7-5, 3-2.
"Ever since I was a sophomore, I wanted that redemption," FHS center Georgina Ryder said. "I knew we could do it. It's nice to win. We just needed that confidence booster."
The 6-foot-3 Ryder played one of her finest games as a Knight, scoring 16 points, grabbing eight rebounds and clogging up the lane against a Monarch squad that endured a dismal 13-for-55 (24 percent) shooting night. Her 15-footer with 3 minutes, 34 seconds to play made it 54-29 and began mass substitutions for FHS.
"I figure I'm a senior and it's time for me to step up, not just for myself but for my team," said Ryder, who was averaging just 7.2 points per game entering Friday but has averaged 13.3 over the last three outings. "We had really good ball movement and my team did a good job getting me the ball tonight. It was just a great team effort."
Fairview enjoyed a solid night shooting all around, going 23 for 38 (61 percent) from the floor. Guard Sarah Kaufman hit her season average with 15 points. Annika Lai scored nine, and Katie Kuosman added five.
With Monarch trying to make a game of it early, Kaufman converted on a three-point play to spark an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, and the rout was on.
The Knights led 32-14 at halftime. Ryder scored six straight points in the third quarter to push the lead to 40-17. Kate Davenport later closed the frame with a 6-footer to make it 44-17.
"I think we feel like we hadn't played together and given anyone our all-out best shot (this season)," FHS coach Andre Goldberg said. "All the credit goes to the kids. They did a great job bringing it together."
For their part, the visiting Coyotes didn't exactly play poorly. They committed just 10 turnovers, rebounded well and had plenty of open looks at the basket.
"Tonight was one of those nights," MHS coach Chris Lewis said. "We were getting good looks. The shots just weren't falling. When you shoot under 22 percent (in the first half), it's hard to win."
Guard Raegan Rohn scored 15 points to pace MHS, while Jordan Eisler added six.
The Coyotes are in the midst of a nasty three-game road stretch that finishes at No. 8 Poudre on Tuesday.
"It's a tough stretch," Lewis said. "Every game in league is tough."
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Fairview 56, Monarch 39
At Fairview HS
MONARCH (7-5, 3-2)
Dietz 2 1-2 5, Stimac 1 0-0 2, Rohn 4 5-9 15, Keatley 0 0-0 0, Anthony 1 0-0 2, Mendicino 2 1-1 5, Eisler 2 0-0 6, O'Flannigan 1 2-3 4, Scott 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 9-15 39.
FAIRVIEW (6-5, 2-2)
Kuosman 2 0-2 5, Lai 3 3-4 9, Breakell 1 0-0 3, McCambridge 0 2-2 2, McKee 1 0-0 2, Miller 0 0-0 0, Davenport 2 0-0 4, Ryder 8 0-0 16, Kaufman 6 1-1 15. Totals 23 6-9 56.
3-point field goals -- Monarch (4): Rohn 2, Eisler 2; Fairview (4): Kaufman 2, Kuosman, Breakell. Total fouls -- Monarch 13, Fairview 12. Fouled out -- None. Technicals -- None.