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Girls basketball: Fairview stymies Rocky Mountain with stout defense

The Fairview girls basketball team has a senior-laden roster, but that certainly doesn’t mean the other players are just window dressing.

There are just four non-seniors on the varsity squad, but on Friday night several of them came up big in FHS’ 57-38 home victory over Rocky Mountain.

Sophomore Sarah Kaufman and junior Georgina Ryder scored a dozen points apiece to lead Fairview, and junior Katie Kuosman tied senior Hannah Hyde for the next-highest point total on the team with seven.

“We have a lot of really great players on this team,” said Kaufman, who came off the bench to score all her points in the pivotal middle two quarters. “On any given night we can have lots of players who can have a great game. Almost everyone contributed tonight, so that was good.”

Indeed, nine players scored for the Knights, who won their seventh game in the last 10 to improve to 8-5 overall and 4-3 in Front Range League action.

Friday marked the seventh time this season that Fairview has held an opponent under 40 points, and not coincidentally, the Knights are 7-0 in those games.

Against Rocky Mountain, a key defensive stretch in the third and early fourth quarters all but sealed the win for FHS.

The Knights, who trailed by six in the early going, led just 25-24 shortly after halftime, then outscored the Lobos 14-0 over the next 7:45 of game time.

That Rocky Mountain drought started with a single possession in which the Lobos missed five shots, two of which were blocked by Ryder and Hyde. Overall during the 14-0 run, Rocky Mountain missed 12 consecutive shots and turned the ball over four times.

“We just kept up our defensive intensity” during that stretch, Ryder said. “We’ve really been working on our defense all week.”

In the middle of the game, when the outcome was hanging in the balance, Kaufman scored all 12 of her points in a 10-minute span. She just happened to be the player du jour who helped get the Knights over the top on Friday.

“We have several good guards that can shoot, we have some good guards that can penetrate, and we have some nice posts to play inside,” FHS coach Rod Beauchamp noted. “I think we have all the pieces, but we’re trying to get them all there together.”

The Knights have been a streaky team since mid-December, having won five in a row, then losing three straight before winning their last two.

“We’ve definitely had our lapses, but I think we’re a very strong unit and I think we’ll push forward and you won’t see a losing streak like that from us again,” Ryder said.

“I think we’re back on the right track now,” Kaufman added.

Rocky Mountain players wish they could say the same. The Lobos (9-5, 2-5) won their first seven games of the season, but have lost five of seven since. Fairview returns to action Tuesday at Poudre.

Fairview 57, Rocky Mountain 38

At Fairview HS

ROCKY MOUNTAIN (9-5, 2-5)

Winger 4 0-2 8, Catlett 5 3-4 13, T. DeBord 1 0-0 2, Dando 0 2-3 2, Ernst 2 2-4 6, M. DeBord 0 0-0 0, Bannister 2 0-0 5, Dyer 1 0-0 2, Hennig 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 7-13 38.

FAIRVIEW (8-5, 4-3)

Higgins 1 1-2 3, D’Amico 1 4-4 6, Hyde 3 1-3 7, Ghosh 2 0-0 6, Ryder 5 2-4 12, Kaufman 4 2-2 12, Davenport 0 0-0 0, Lai 1 0-0 2, Kuosman 3 0-0 7, Retzik-Stahr 0 0-0 0, Yi 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 10-15 57.

Score by quarters:

Rocky Mountain 10 10 4 14 — 38

Fairview 10 15 12 20 — 57

3-point field goals — Rocky Mountain (1): Bannister; Fairview (5): Kaufman 2, Ghosh 2, Kuosman. Total fouls — Rocky Mountain 17, Fairview 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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