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Daily Camera file photo
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Fairview has won the past 11 meetings between crosstown rival Boulder High dating back to the 2011-12 season.
But though the rivalry has been a bit one sided of late, save for a five-point game last winter, the game still means a lot to players on both sides. Players like Fairview sophomore Kailey Page still wait all year for the chance to take on their rivals in a college arena at CU Events Center.
“Boulder is always going to be our rival and it’s just extra special that we get to play here at CU,” Page said after the Knights’ latest win, a 61-40 victory on the neutral court. “It’s also weird because I’ve grown up with a bunch of the girls from Boulder. So, there’s not only that school rivalry but also that relationship rivalry. I just love playing against them because it’s such a big deal.”
Monday’s game was tied after one quarter but the Knights (14-7, 9-2 Front Range League) began to pull away when Boulder (6-15, 0-10) junior point guard Abbie Gillach (10.9 ppg) left the game midway through the second quarter with an ankle injury. Fairview led 26-18 at halftime with Knights senior Izzy Munson (22.3 ppg) scoring 12 of her game-high 20 points in the first half.
“That hurt us,” Boulder head coach Emily Van Patten said. “It’s no secret she’s our main ball handler. Other than just ball handling, the girls look to her as a leader and a captain on the team. So watching a teammate go down like that is hard and we definitely saw a breath of air go out of them when that happened.”
With the Panthers struggling against the press in Gillach’s absence, the Knights continued to distance themselves from the Panthers while outscoring their opponents 35-22 after the break. Page finished with 11 points, and both Adaya Richmond and Haley Sommer each had eight.
Emma Bagley led Boulder with 10 points and Ella Bartsch had eight.
For their final conference game on Tuesday night, the Knights will host Fossil Ridge (17-3, 10-0) with an opportunity to mark up the Sabercats’ unblemished league record and disrupt their bid for an outright Front Range League championship.
“In the first half, it was certainly tight and them losing their best player really helped us out,” Fairview head coach Rod Beauchamp said. “We’ve got a couple games left and we’re just looking to finish the season strong.”
With a pair of games left on their schedule, the Panthers will play on the road at Greeley West on Tuesday and finish up the season at Monarch on Saturday.