BOULDER — The Fairview girls basketball team wanted to defend its home court at its host Fairview Festival and the Knights are going to get the chance.
The Knights defeated the Silver Creek Raptors 59-50 in the semifinals on Thursday night. They’ll face Broomfield in the finals on Saturday.
“We haven’t been in the finals for a few years now, so it’s a big deal for us,” senior guard Sarah Kaufman said. “Broomfield is a good team. We’ll give them all we have and it’ll be a good game.”The Knights will face the Broomfield Eagles (4-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by the latest CHSAANow.com poll, in the championship match on Saturday.
Against the top-ranked Eagles, the Knights will need another outstanding effort from Kaufman. That’s something they’ve come to expect lately.
Kaufman, who dropped 21 to lead the Knights past Arvada West in the first round, scored 19 points on Thursday shepherd the Knights to the championship match.
Though Fairview trailed slightly after the first quarter, Kaufman said the Knights found their composure and began to break down the Raptors’ defense in the middle quarters. In the second, they found their deep range to hit four 3-pointers and take a six-point lead into halftime. In the third, they outscored the Raptors 17-10 to pull away.
Knights junior Annika Lai attacked the basket throughout and scored 15 points. Senior Hannah Gould scored 10 points and junior Madi Wolf led the Knights with six rebounds.
“I like our offensive production but I’d like to see our defense play a little bit better,” Knight head coach Rod Beauchamp said. “We lost our people a few times but, overall, we put up some good points and had several girls contribute. We’ve had a drought of four to five years when we haven’t been in the championship and we’re excited to be back in it against a team the caliber of Broomfield.”
Despite 19 points from senior forward Emilie Rembert, the Raptors’ took their first loss of the season. Julie Dauer scored 11 points and point guard Margaret Davis added 9.
Ranked ninth in 4A, the Raptors expected to be tested at the Fairview Festival. After turning the ball over 18 times and pulling down just 10 rebounds in the first half, they left Fairview High School with a list of things to work on moving forward.
The Raptors lost. But they’ll learn.
“They were a tough team and they exposed our weakness,” Raptors senior Julia Bishop said. “Now we know the things we need to work on and we can focus on getting better. It’s a loss but we’re keeping our spirits up and we’re excited for the next game.”
The Raptors will face the Arvada West Wildcats in the third-place match on at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Knights will face the Eagles at 5 p.m.
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Fairview 59, Silver Creek 50
At Fairview HS
SILVER CREEK (4-1)
Davis 3 2-2 9, Rembert 7 5-5 19, Bishop 1 1-1 3, Dauer 3 4-4 11, Strub 0 0-0 0, Knechtel 2 0-0 4, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Carter 0 0-0 0, Litt 1 2-2 4. Totals 17 14-14 50.
Kuosman 2 1-2 5, Tidstrom 0 0-0 0, Lai 5 5-9 15, Miley 1 2-4 5, Gould 4 0-0 10, Vickers 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Wolf 1 0-0 2, Mooz 0 0-0 0, Kaufman 6 5-6 19. Totals 19 13-21 59.
Score by quarters:
Silver Creek 8 15 10 17 — 50
Fairview 7 22 17 13 — 59
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (2): Davis, Dauer; Fairview (5): Gould 2, Kaufman 2, Miley. Total fouls — Silver Creek 16, Fairview 16. Fouled out — Wolf. Technical fouls — Silver Creek coach.