FREDERICK — Sitting with identical 4-9 Tri-Valley League records entering Friday night, the Skyline and Frederick girls basketball teams were still in completely different playoff scenarios as they met for their final regular season game.
While Skyline was clinging to a postseason spot sitting at No. 44 in the ratings percentage index (RPI) used to determine playoff teams — those 48-team brackets will be revealed on Sunday — Frederick was staring at an opportunity to host a first round postseason game by finishing in the top 32 teams that make it.
That they are both in the conversation for the playoffs speaks to the work the teams have put in this season after missing out last year, but after a 48-36 home win for the Warriors on Friday, Frederick assured it can be at ease when the brackets are determined.
"We came in tonight wanting to get a win back off (Skyline) because they beat us last time, and it means a lot for us to get to playoffs for the first time," said senior Aspen Dufour, who was strong on both ends of the floor as her team celebrated the win. "It shows we're not the team of old, not even the same team as last year."
Frederick (12-11) had a No. 25 RPI that will likely not go up much with the win, but the Warriors were ready to break a longtime playoff drought and came out with a solid effort over their rivals.
The Warriors started off by hitting four 3-pointers, three of those coming from Tori Dufour, all the while contesting Skyline shots in the paint frequently. The Falcons (8-14 overall) gained several offensive rebounds throughout the night but had a hard time converting them.
The Warriors also drew some charges, which got the bench fired up each and every time. In fact, Aspen Dufour got a bloody nose early on as a result of the physical play inside, but as she put it: "If it leads to playoffs, it's worth it."
"We're very active on defense, and with the charges, we just made sure to get set up for those well," Dufour said. "It's way fun to take those."
Frederick led 22-7 early in the second quarter and maintained a double-digit lead well into the fourth frame. With 6:23 left, Aly McKrola hit a 3-pointer that made it a nine-point contest, but just nine seconds later Aspen Dufour hit a pair of free throws. At the 5:30 mark, Dufour again sunk two free throws to make it 38-24, and she would finish with two more field goals to post 13 total points.
Tori Dufour scored a team-most 16 points and Mylie Tarnowski added 15 for Frederick. Those two combined for six of Frederick's seven 3-pointers.
McKrola and Lindrey Schendel each had 10 tough points for Skyline, which ends the regular season on Saturday at city rival Longmont.
Frederick 48, Skyline 36
At Frederick HS
SKYLINE (8-14, 4-10)
Schendel 4 2-3 10, McKrola 3 2-6 10, Earhart 2 5-8 9, Emmanuel 1 1-3 3, Pitts 1 1-3 3, Powers 0 1-2 1. Totals 11 12-25 36.
FREDERICK (12-11, 5-9)
Tarnowski 6 0-0 15, T. Dufour 5 3-6 16, DeSantis 0 0-2 0, Chavez 1 0-0 3, A. Dufour 4 5-10 13, Hemelstrand 0 1-2 1. Totals 16 9-20 48.
Score by quarters:Skyline47916—36
3-point field goals — Skyline (2): McKrola 2; Frederick (7): Tarnowski 3, T. Dufour 3, Chavez. Fouled out — Chavez.