The well-known striped warmups of the Broomfield girls basketball team was not part of the attire on Friday, but it took nothing away from a memorable night at the Colorado Christian University Event Center for Eagles seniors Brenna Fankell and Brenna Chase.
They still see each other in the halls of BHS and at spring track meets, but being selected to participate in The Show basketball game represented a final time, years in the making, the longtime friends were out on the court together.
Fankell recalled fourth grade being the first time the two Brennas had banded together, and after four full seasons of helping the Eagles on deep playoff runs that amounted to a Class 5A state championship in 2015, she felt the exhibition game capped that time exceptionally well.
“It meant so much and was super excited when I found out that I got to play one more game, but especially with one of the best teammates in the world,” Fankell said after scoring four points and providing several rebounds in the Blue Team’s 77-46 win. “It’s just one of those things, you can’t ask for much more. It’s definitely strange that it’s coming to an end but I know she is going to go to BYU and do great things.”
Chase was equally grateful.
“Honestly, she is one of my favorite people I have ever played with, such a selfless player and one that works so hard,” Chase said.
Both players played extensive minutes for Broomfield as freshmen, and that was just the beginning of a partnership that frustrated opponents for more than 90 varsity games together. It was a peas-and-carrots kind of deal, with Chase the flashy point guard often finding the savvy Fankell in the post on over-the-top lobs. Fankell also knew Chase was always there for the kick-out.
The minutes on the floor together were few Friday, but they relished the minutes on the bench, in warmups and even in the weeks leading up to the game.
“It was just great to be on the bench with her and on the floor with her and just excited to get one last game in,” Chase said.
“I was happy for those minutes we did get,” Fankell said.
Chase labeled the contest a “very competitive” pick-up game, one that involves many of the best players from the big schools around the state. Plenty of college-bound talent got the chance to work with and against each other and Chase, the Brigham Young recruit, was arguably the best player on the floor. She had 18 points to lead all scorers.
The boys game truly lived up to the moniker of The Show, and Fairview’s Frank Ryder played a big part of it. A collection of dunks fed the crowd throughout, and Ryder had a second-quarter slam over CU recruit Dallas Walton that was followed with some ‘wows’. Ryder, who will be at San Diego next year, finished with 10 points while playing pretty good defense on Walton, too. The Blue team won 100-97 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
“It was an honor and was great fun, just a lot of guys out there celebrating the season,” Ryder said. “It was nice to get to play some bigger guys than what I am used to. A real good opportunity to get ready for college.”