FORT COLLINS — Friday night's game film will be one that Broomfield coach Derek Seifried might burn rather quickly.
It might be a valuable commodity to a bunch of other 5A coaches around the state, however, who know the Eagles are not going to give up their crown without a fight.
"When they start realizing that they are going to get everyone's top notch effort, everyone's mental focus and everyone's passion for the game of basketball and that they have to bring it night in and night out," Seifried said. "That's when we will start playing like we are capable of and valuing each possession."
You might think the Eagles lost the game, but like all good teams — even on their bad nights — they found a way to win. Broomfield, on the strength of Brenna Chase's free throw with 1.9 second left, stayed perfect in the Front Range League with a 40-39 win over the Sabercats.
It was an ugly first quarter for the Eagles, who turned the ball over eight times and scored just nine points. They watched Fossil Ridge go on a 10-0 run and jump out to a 14-4 lead.
Broomfield would cut that lead in half before the start of the second quarter and you got the sense they were starting to snap out of their malaise when Chase hit a 30-foot buzzer-beater to make it a 14-9 Sabercats lead.
But the momentum never shifted and Fossil Ridge held on to its lead into the fourth quarter.
"You are going to have games were things aren't always going to go you way and you have to learn to contribute in other areas of the game," Seifried said.
The Eagles got stingy on the defense end in the final eight minutes and getting steals and blocks at the opportune time to force an empty possession for Fossil Ridge.
Broomfield had its biggest lead of the night — 39-35 with under one minute to play, but the Sabercats made one last push. Sami Steffeck's jumper cut the lead to 39-37 and then with 8.1 seconds left she was fouled driving to the basketball by Brenna Fankell.
She hit both and forced Seifried to call a time out to draw up the final play.
He got the ball in the capable hands of Chase, who went coast-to-coast and drew a blocking call on Britton Mishak that sent her to the line to put the game away.
She missed the first but calmly knocked down the second for the win.
"The good thing is, is that we got the win, we could have easily been on the other end of that," said Seifried, who was playing without sophomore Delaynie Byrne's 14.5 points per game after she suffered a concussion on Tuesday against Monarch. "It's a matter of making some minor adjustments.
"Whenever you encounter a little adversity, it's not about just jumping off the ship and trying to recreate things, it's tweaking some things and just getting back after it."
Fankell lead the Eagles with 12 points and Chase had 11 for the Eagles, who host one-win Greeley West on Tuesday.
Mishak was the only Fossil player in double figures with 12.
Broomfield 40, Fossil Ridge 39
At Fossil Ridge
BROOMFIELD (14-2, 7-0)
Abby Croell 0 0-0 0, Juliet Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Maddie Kern 4 0-0 9, Brenna Chase 4 2-5 11, Jenna Casasanta 2 0-0 6, Brenna Fankell 5 2-3 12, Madison Wagner 0 0-0 0, Taylor Gilmore 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 4-8 40.
FOSSIL RIDGE (9-6, 4-2)
Sami Steffeck 2 2-2 6, Ashley Steffeck 4 0-2 8, Emma Guzman 0 0-0 0, Kylie Matcalf 2 0-0 5, Tyler Hobbs 1 0-2 2, Regan Wess 1 1-2 4, Britton Mishak 5 2-4 12, Reilly Dunn 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 5-11 39.
Score by quarters:Broomfield 9 10 8 13 — 40
Fossil Ridge 14 8 9 8 — 39
3-point field goals — Broomfield (4): Casasanta 2, Kern, Chase; Fossil Ridge (2): Metcalf, Wess. Total fouls — Broomfield 15; Fossil Ridge 14. Fouled out — Mishak.