BOULDER — The vaunted Broomfield girls basketball team isn't immune to rough stretches, or even lapses in focus and energy.

One thing that has elevated the Eagles, who are defending Class 5A state champions and winners of six state titles since 2007, is their ability to overcome adversity, even when it is self-inflicted. On the road Friday night, the Eagles weren't happy with the way they played in the first half against a tough Fairview team.

But as they have been known to do, the Eagles re-centered themselves and pulled away in the second half to win 53-45.

"Coach always has something to say at halftime that gets us going," Eagles senior point guard Brenna Chase said. "We started off really slow but we picked it up in the third quarter and we finished strong. We're competitive enough to know that we need to step it up to get the win in those situations."

The Eagles (11-2, 5-0 Front Range) entered Friday's game ranked fourth in the Colorado Associated Press poll and are now winners of four straight games.

Broomfield led 27-21 at halftime and built their lead quickly in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 17-3 in the frame to open the fourth with a 20-point lead.

"I really liked the way we came out in the third quarter," Eagles head coach Derek Seifreid said. "We picked up the tempo a little bit with our pressure and offensively, I felt like we gave the ball more energy in the second half. We were a little sluggish in the first half but I'm really proud of the girls for coming out stronger in the second half."


Chase (14.3 ppg) led the Eagles with 20 points and Eagles sophomore Delaynie Byrne (14.9 ppg), the state's leader in 3-point field goal percentage, added two more 3-pointers to her total of 27 made this season.

Including a 74-62 win on Dec. 10, Friday's win was the second time the Eagles defeated the Knights this season. For the Knights (9-6, 3-1 Front Range), who made a run in the final minute to cut the Eagles' lead to eight, Friday's loss was their fifth to a ranked opponent this season.

The Eagles will host the cross-town rival Holy Family Tigers (9-3, 5-0 Tri-Valley) on Saturday. The Tigers are currently ranked seventh in Class 4A. The Eagles defeated the Tigers 58-42 during the Castle View/ThunderRidge tournament on Dec. 3.

"My mom is the JV coach at Holy Family so having her on the other side of things always makes it a blast," Chase said. "I love this week."

The Knights will host their own cross-town rivalry game when they face Boulder (4-9, 0-3 Front Range) on Tuesday.

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Broomfield 53, Fairview 45

At Fairview H.S.

BROOMFIELD (11-2, 5-0)

Croell 0 0-2 0, Peterson 0 0-1 0, Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Maclean 0 0-0 0, Kort 0 0-0 0, Kern 4 0-0 8, Chase 7 4-6 20, Casasanta 1 0-0 3, Fankell 3 0-0 6, Byrne 3 0-0 6, Wagner 0 0-0 0, Gilmore 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 4-9 53.

FAIRVIEW (9-6, 3-1)

Sobolik 2 1-3 5, Pinto 3 0-0 6, K. O'Neill 0 0-0 0, Gordon 4 2-2 12, Koenigsberg 1 0-0 2, Raguveer 0 0-0 0, Panem 3 0-0 8, Tidstrom 0 0-0 0, G. O'Neill 5 2-3 12, Webster 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 5-8 45.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 14 13 17 9 — 53

Fairview 9 12 3 21 — 45

3-point field goals — Broomfield (5): Chase 2, Byrne 2, Casasanta; Fairview (4): Gordon 2, Panem 2. Total fouls — Broomfield 13, Fairview 13. Fouled out — Gordon. Technical fouls — Fairview bench.