Friday night’s girls basketball matchup at Fairview was a tale of two teams — both with new head coaches — going in decidedly different directions record-wise.
Legacy started the season 1-5, but rebounded to win seven of its next 10.
Fairview won its first two, but had lost 13 of its last 14.
And while Friday’s game was a back-and-forth affair in the second half, the prevailing momentum stayed true to course.
Ariana Ahadi snapped a tie by hitting a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the game to give Legacy a 41-38 road victory over Fairview.
“It was crazy,” said Ahadi, who made just two field goals and scored five points for the night. “After missing almost every shot I took in the game, it felt so good that I made the shot that mattered the most.”
In a fourth quarter that featured four separate tied scores, Fairview trailed by four going into the final minute, but senior Kate Lampert scored four straight points to knot the game— the second hoop coming off a nifty pass from junior Izzy Munson with 13 seconds remaining.
But even though Halle Mackiewicz had been Legacy’s go-to player throughout the game -— she finished with 20 points — the ball went to Ahadi at the right of the key on the Lightning’s trip down the court, and she splashed the 3-pointer to decide the game.
With its eighth win in its last 11 contests, Legacy improved to 9-8 overall and to 6-1 in Front Range League action. After its 14th loss in the last 15 games, Fairview dropped to 3-14 and 1-6. The Knights are headed for their first season-long losing record since 2007-08.
“I’m sure mentally it’s got to be tough on them,” first-year FHS coach Randy Earl said regarding his players. “These kids have played really hard, but we can’t finish. We’ve had five or six games where we’ve been ahead in the second half and haven’t been able to finish.”
On Friday, Legacy led by five at halftime, but despite Fairview missing 25 of its first 28 field-goal attempts of the game, the Knights scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to go up 26-21.
But shooting would continue to dog FHS, which shot just 20 percent from the field overall. Lampert and Munson each tallied 15 points for the Knights, but only two other Fairview players scored.
Legacy was happy to emerge with the victory, but knew the outcome easily could have gone the other way.
“We just weren’t in our rhythm,” first-year LHS coach Dommonique Campbell said. “We were out of sorts today in regards to how we played. The outcome is great, but it should have been a lot better, a lot smoother, sharper basketball. Still, the girls stuck it out, stayed focused, especially with the clock coming down. I’m still proud of them.”
Next up, Legacy will play at Boulder on Tuesday, while Fairview is at Broomfield on Feb. 1.
Legacy 41, Fairview 38
At Fairview HS
LEGACY (9-8, 6-1)
Keaser 2 0-1 4, Ahadi 2 0-0 5, Valenzuela 2 0-0 6, Baum 2 0-0 4, Mackiewicz 6 8-8 20, Paredes 0 0-0 0, Taylor 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 8-9 41.
FAIRVIEW (3-14, 1-6)
Richmond 0 0-0 0, Munson 4 5-8 15, Page 2 0-2 5, Callicoatt 0 0-0 0, Lampert 3 9-13 15, Morton 1 1-2 3, Gurmendi 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 15-25 38.
Score by quarters:
Legacy 10 11 5 15 — 41
3-point field goals — Legacy (3): Valenzuela 2, Ahadi; Fairview (3): Munson 2, Page. Total fouls — Legacy (20), Fairview (14). Fouled out — none.