BOULDER — The shots don’t always fall in basketball. When they don’t, it’s vital that a team transitions to a suffocating defense.
That’s exactly what Fairview girls basketball did in its 30-21 home win against Brighton on Friday night that saw neither team really take off offensively.
“I think it’s awesome to get some different experience for the girls, different scenarios. That’s what pre-conference games are for,” head coach Courtney Smith said. “It could have gone either way and they just pumped it up and they were ready to go.”
Freshman phenom Savannah Weiss led the Knights with eight points as a few of her teammates capitalized on her energy. Junior Layla Wright nearly matched her performance with seven points of her own as senior Kailey Page and junior Ilise Ziebarth each added five.
Despite the shooting woes, the ladies found a way to keep the contest competitive throughout.
The Bulldogs (4-5) got off to a strong start as they quickly put up the first five points of the game. After the opening first few minutes, the game slowed down significantly. Neither team seemed to be able to hit most of their shots, despite multiple good looks and putback opportunities.
Slowly but surely, the Knights (4-6) fought their way back in as five ladies shared the scoring responsibility throughout the rest of the first half. They led 14-9 at the half.
Brighton’s offense figured it out after the break as the Bulldogs surged while keeping the Knights at bay. They held Fairview to just three points in the third quarter as they managed to tie things up at 17 by the end of the frame.
The Knights returned the favor in the fourth quarter en route to victory.
“I think we really picked up our energy,” Weiss said. “Also, we started finishing our layups which was huge. We also started running the floor more and our help defense was better. I think this was also a good game for our confidence. It was a really good game because Brighton is a pretty good team.”
Fairview returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Overland, which currently holds a 1-8 record.