AURORA — A casual glance at the Fairview girls basketball team’s schedule would show a stretch in which the Knights haven’t been playing their best ball.

After all, they have dropped five of their last six games following a 48-40 loss to the ninth-ranked Regis Jesuit Raiders on Wednesday night.

The truth is, the Knights haven’t played poorly. Of the Knights’ five recent losses, four have been against top-10 ranked teams in No. 3 ThunderRidge, No. 6 Broomfield, No. 5 Lakewood and most recently the Raiders. That’s a pretty tough stretch that few teams in the state would emerge from with a win.

“We’ve lost five of our last six games but nearly all of them were to top-10 teams,” Knights head coach Rod Beauchamp said Wednesday. “We had an easier start but we’ve had some really tough opponents lately. But I think that it will prepare us for league because we’ll know what it going to take to beat the best teams.”

The Knights (5-5) wanted to open the New Year with a win and start a win streak since they started the season 4-0. They nearly dealt the Raiders (6-2) their first loss to a Colorado school this season.

A matchup of two playoff teams from 2015 was a close one throughout. Both teams struggled to make shots in the first half, which ended in a 20-20 stalemate and neither team lead by more than five until the final minute of the game. The game was tied 34-34 to start the fourth quarter.

The Raiders led 40-38 and began holding the ball with 1:18 left to play. The Knights were forced to foul but Raiders forward Taekenya Cleveland, who led all scorers with 18 points, and guard Julia Drexelius combined to shoot 6 for 6 at the free-throw line in the final minute. Noelle Cahill hit a layup at the buzzer to push the Raiders’ lead to eight as time ran out.

“I thought we played extremely well and we were right there in it at the end,” Beauchamp said. “We had a few really good looks that did go in for us there at the end that would have tied it or given us the lead and then we had to start fouling. I think the game was definitely closer than the score indicated.”

Knights junior Grace O’Neill led her team with 11 points, 15 rebounds and three assists. Guard Ashley Panem, the Knights’ leading scorer averaging 10.3 points per game, scored eight against the Raiders.

The Knights will turn around and host Legacy (1-8) in a non-conference game at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

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Regis Jesuit 48, Fairview 40

At Regis Jesuit H.S.


Kuosman 1 0-0 3, Sobolik 0 0-0 0, Safi 1 0-0 2, Pinto 1 2-2 4, K. O’Neill 0 0-0 0, Gordon 3 0-2 6, Koenigsberg 0 0-0 0, Raguver 1 0-0 2, Panem 3 1-2 8, Tidstrom 2 0-0 4, G. O’Neill 4 2-2 11, Webster 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 5-8 40.


Chaney 0 0-0 0, Gaines 4 0-0 10, Humphrey 0 0-0 0, Cleveland 7 4-4 18, Belibi 0 0-0 0, Bevis 0 0-0 0, Drexilius 0 2-2 2, Wrede 1 1-2 4, Johnson 3 0-1 6, Cahill 4 0-0 8, Weigand 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 7-9 48.

Score by quarters:




Regis Jesuit



3-point field goals —
Fairview (3): Kuosman, Panem, O’Neill; Regis Jesuit (3): Gaines 2, Wrede. Total fouls —
Fairview 13, Regis Jesuit 10.