BOULDER — The defending Class 5A state champions didn't take the Fairview Festival lightly this week.

As the on-court leader of the Broomfield Eagles, senior guard Brenna Chase wouldn't have that. With top-ranked ThunderRidge (last year's 5A runner-up), Front Range League challenger Fairview and eighth-ranked Cherry Creek all involved in the prestigious early season tournament, the opportunity to make a statement was too good to ignore.

The Eagles did just that by beating the Bruins on Saturday night, 51-46, to claim the Festival title.

Chase led the way Saturday with 17 points, Delaynie Byrne added 15 and Taylor Gilmore 10 as the Eagles survived a late comeback from a Creek squad that ousted ThunderRidge in the semifinals.

"There's a lot of good competition in this tournament, so this one feels good," said Chase, who was 7-for-14 from the field in the win. "I was expecting ThunderRidge again, but I'm glad we got to see Cherry Creek because we might see them again in playoffs.

"We saw a great team, and they put a lot of pressure on us to play well. I'm glad we did what we did as a team."

Broomfield, known for its pressure defense, forced 22 turnovers for the game and Chase certainly was involved in plenty of those miscues.

In the first 30 seconds of the second quarter, she had a string of steals and points that helped extend a 13-10 lead to 20-10, and the Eagles kept that advantage through the half as the teams went to the break with BHS leading 31-21.


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Cherry Creek (3-2) scored the first five points of the third quarter, but by the 3:18 mark of the frame a Maddie Kern 3-pointer got it back to 40-31, and Broomfield again kept that margin for most of the next 10 minutes.

The Bruins out-rebounded Broomfield 11-7 in the fourth stanza and it helped them climb back in it once again. After Sydney Mech hit a 3-pointer to make it 46-41, the sophomore came right back down and got fouled on a putback attempt. Her free throws made it 46-43 with 2:09 left.

With 1:35 to go, Byrne hit two free throws and then Broomfield's pressure led to another costly Creek turnover. Costly because Chase got free for a drive and basket that made it 50-43.

"Creek actively pursued the ball, so it was good practice for us as far as late-game management and there are things to talk about," Broomfield coach Derek Seifried said. "It feels like we're getting better every practice and climbing that hill.

"Brenna turned it up a notch, which was something we were expecting."

While Chase had that killer instinct, Byrne was once again solid with a 5-for-8 shooting night. Gilmore played tough in the post, and her three free throws in the fourth also made a difference.

"It's nice to learn how to play in those late situations," Chase said. "Taylor's been coming in and playing so well."

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Fairview Festival Championship Game

Broomfield 51, Cherry Creek 46

At Fairview HS

CHERRY CREEK (3-2)

Allison Dwinnell 0 0-0 0, Meg Joyce 0 0-0 0, Sydney Mech 4 3-3 12, Lauren McMillen 3 1-2 7, Isabella Sparaco 0 0-0 0, Olivia McCann 1 0-0 2, Brittanee Bivins 7 0-1 15, Laura Pranger 4 1-1 10, Xena Land 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 5-7 46.

BROOMFIELD (5-1)

Juliet Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Olivia MacLean 0 0-0 0, Vanessa Kort 0 0-0 0, Maddie Kern 2 0-0 5, Brenna Chase 7 3-3 17, Jenna Casasanta 1 0-1 3, Delaynie Byrne 5 3-5 15, Madison Wagner 0 1-2 1, Taylor Gilmore 3 4-5 10. Totals 18 11-16 51.

Score by quarters:

Cherry Creek 10 11 12 13 — 46

Broomfield 13 18 11 9 — 51

3-point field goals — Cherry Creek (3): Mech, Bivins, Pranger; Broomfield (4): Byrne 2, Kern, Casasantas. Total fouls — Cherry Creek 16, Broomfield 12. Fouled out — McMillen.

Third Place Game

ThunderRidge 55, Fairview 39

At Fairview HS

FAIRVIEW (4-2)

Annie Kuosman 0 0-0 0, Tati Sobolik 1 0-0 2, Lailah Safi 0 1-2 1, Denali Pinto 4 0-0 8, Kate O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Sarah Gordon 4 1-2 10, Meadbh Koenigsberg 0 3-4 3, Sruthi Raguveer 1 1-2 3, Ashley Panem 3 1-2 8, Logan Tidstrom 0 2-2 2, Grace O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Webster 0 2-2 2.

Score by quarters:

ThunderRidge 13 15 15 12 — 55 Fairview 11 9 15 12 — 39

3-point field goals — Fairview (2): Gordon, Panem.