BOULDER — Rebuilding is not the style of the Broomfield girls basketball team. Reloading is the way of the Eagles, and sophomore post Delaynie Byrne is the latest that appears to be on her way to greatness.
Getting significant minutes on a championship team as a freshman can build up the psyche a bit, but Byrne has taken her game to a different level through the first five contests of 2015-16, including Thursday's 74-62 win over host Fairview during the semifinals of the Fairview Festival.
She scored 20 of her 29 points in the second half — including two 3-pointers — and pulled down 17 rebounds for the game, a monster performance that helped Broomfield (4-1) to the tournament's championship game.
While senior Brenna Fankell still recovers from an injury, Byrne has been a reliable asset, averaging 16.8 points and eight rebounds a contest. She scored 4.5 points a game last season.
"The thing about Delaynie is every possession matters to her, and if she misses a shot she's following it up even harder," said head coach Derek Seifried, whose team was also aided by Brenna Chase's 15 points. "On defense, because of her wingspan, even if she's out of position, she's still impacting the ball. She's been outstanding."
"I just wanted to pick up and do whatever the team needs, and especially what we know (Fankell) can do," said Byrne, who made 8 of 14 attempts Thursday. "I love the game, and I am trying to play my hardest every possession to help us get the win."
The Eagles pulled away from Fairview (4-1) in the third quarter, hitting five of their first six shots to turn a 29-28 lead to 42-33 with 5 minutes to go in the frame.
Maddie Kern opened the third with a baseline jumper, then Byrne sunk back-to-back 3-pointers and finished a putback off a Fairview turnover to gain that nine-point lead. She had three treys in all, opening the offense for her teammates.
The Eagles kept Fairview at bay by going 14-for-26 from the floor and 15-for-18 at the free-throw line in the second half.
"I'm proud of the girls for the nice adjustments we made," Seifried said.
"We were upset about our play in the first half, and we had the incentive to go out second half and play full speed," Byrne added.
Fairview needed a "prove-it" game, and the Knights certainly showed they were capable of hanging in against a top-flight 5A team. Ashley Pamen had 18 points and seven rebounds for FHS, but it was the showing of a deep bench that has Sarah Gordon excited.
Senior Meadbh Koenigsberg scored 12 points, and Sruthi Raguveer had six rebounds as a non-starter, as well.
"This was a good game to figure out where we're at, and (Broomfield) is a really good team," Gordon said after scoring seven points and adding a few nifty assists. "We have a really, really deep team and a lot of girls came off the bench tonight and had really big plays. We just need to work on communication a little bit more."
Broomfield 74, Fairview 62
At Fairview HS
Steph Peterson 0 0-0 0, Juliet Steinhauer 0 1-2 1, Olivia MacLean 0 0-0 0, Maddie Kern 3 2-2 9, Brenna Chase5 4-8 15, Jenna Casasanta 4 0-0 9, Delaynie Byrne 8 10-12 29, Madison Wagner 1 0-0 2, Taylor Gilmore 4 1-4 9. Totals 25 18-28 74.
Annie Kuosman 0 0-0 0, Tati Sobolik 0 0-0 0, Lailah Safi 1 0-0 3, Denali Pinto 4 0-0 10, Kate O'Neill 0 0-2 0, Sarah Gordon 3 1-3 7, Meadbh Koenigsberg 5 2-2 12, Sruthi Raguveer 1 0-0 2, Ashley Panem 6 4-6 18, Logan Tidstrom 1 0-0 2, Grace O'Neill 2 4-4 8, Kelsey Webster 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 11-17 62.
Score by quarters:Broomfield 14 15 24 21 — 74
Fairview 12 16 17 17 — 62
3-point field goals — Broomfield (6): Kern, Chase, Casasanta, Byrne 3; Fairview (5): Safi, Pinto 2, Panem 2. Total fouls — Broomfield 20, Fairview 20. Fouled out — Kern.