BROOMFIELD — Call it the anti-Broomfield offense.
The Poudre girls basketball team has found a winning formula reminiscent of the former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan's, whose teams loved to milk the clock and grind down elite teams with its defense.
Successful on most nights so far this season, the Impalas were able to slow down the typical run-you-out-of-the-gym Eagles, but BHS' team experience paved the way for proper adjustments in the second half for a 37-32 win at the BHS gym.
On Throwback Night complete with the Eagles girls wearing drawstring shorts and block-lettered jerseys, Broomfield moved to 9-0 in the Front Range League to keep ahead of Horizon.
"They're holding teams under 40 points, so my challenge to the girls was to match that and hold them under, and I thought we did a great job defensively," said Broomfield coach Derek Seifried, whose team is 16-2 overall and has had to win tough of late. "We made a nice run in the (end of the third quarter) and that's just the thing, we need to withstand runs from the opponent and then make our run."
Poudre's offense has a days-gone-by feel and the Impalas (13-5, 4-3) were content to take 30-40 seconds off the clock for one shot more than once. Through the third quarter, it was working quite well as they led 21-20 with just 1 minute, 3 seconds to go in the frame.
That was the last lead they would have. Two big turnovers — PHS had but eight for the game — finally allowed Broomfield to get on the run for back-to-back baskets to end the third and take a 24-21 lead.
Abby Croell had one of those, a putback to beat the buzzer after Jenna Casasantas came up with a steal. Croell added another confident drive with less than 3 minutes to go in the game, her eighth point giving Broomfield a 35-28 lead it was able to hold firmly.
Croell also had seven rebounds for the game, all off the bench.
"These past few games have been a little rough for us, but it felt good to get out there and play as a team this game," Croell said. "For me, I haven't been able to finish very well (at the basket) so I told myself I was going to do that. I felt like I did do that."
"Our reserves are girls that have fundamentals, and you saw how patient Abby can be in the post," Seifried said. "She seems to be a ball magnet on the rebounds, too."
Brenna Fankell had a huge game with 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, and Maddie Kern had six points, six rebounds and a big-time assist on a Fankell basket with around 4 minutes to play.
Broomfield 37, Poudre 32
At Broomfield HS
POUDRE (13-5, 4-3)
Reeves 0 0-0 0, Ziolkowski 0 0-0 0, Tomasini 0 1-2 1, C. Berkner 3 2-2 9, E. Berkner 0 0-2 0, Gertz 3 0-1 7, Haugen 5 3-6 13, Hamm 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 6-13 32.
BROOMFIELD (16-2, 9-0)
Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Croell 4 0-1 8, Gilmore 1 0-0 2, Kern 3 0-0 6, Chase 3 0-2 7, Casasanta 0 1-3 1, Steph Peterson 0 0-0 0, Fankell 4 5-5 13, Wagner 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 6-11 37.
Score by quarters:Poudre 7 7 7 11 — 32
Broomfield 8 7 9 13 — 37
3-point field goals — Poudre (2): C. Berkner, Gertz; Broomfield (1): Chase.