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Girls basketball: Boulder beats Fairview for first time in 11 years

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    Boulder High School celebrates their win over Fairview High School at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Boulder High School's fans cheer on the girls team after they won the game against Fairview High School at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Lily Huettel (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Lily Huettel (No. 5) shoots from three point range in the game against Fairview High School at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. 20) tries to block a shot from Boulder High School's Grace Shook (No. 23) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) and Fairview High School's Layla Wright (No. 15) battle for the rebound at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Adah Ellis-rissler (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Adah Ellis-rissler (No. 12) looks to pass while covered by Fairview High School's Lila Nuttle (No. 23) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. 20) looks to shoot while covered by Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Bella Chang (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Bella Chang (No. 2) tries to drive around Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch (No. 22) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Phoebe Hatch (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Phoebe Hatch (No. 10) and Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. 20) look for the rebound at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Sophia Hrywnak (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Sophia Hrywnak (No. 22) shoots from three point range in the game against Boulder High School at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Grace Shook (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Grace Shook (No. 23) puts up a shot past Fairview High School's Sophia Hrywnak (No. 22) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Lily Huettel (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Lily Huettel (No. 5) collides with Fairview High School's Savannah Weiss (No. 4) while chasing a loss ball during the game at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) shoots from three point range in the game against Fairview High School at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch (No. ...

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    Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch (No. 22) puts up a shot over Fairview High School's Sophia Hrywnak (No. 22) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.

  • Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Kailey Page (No. 20) and Boulder High School's Ella Bartsch (No. 22) battle for the rebound at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Phoebe Hatch (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Phoebe Hatch (No. 10) tries to box out Fairview High School's Layla Wright (No. 15) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. ...

    Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) tries to put up a shot past Fairview High School's Bella Chang (No. 2) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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    Fairview High School's Savannah Weiss (No. 4) shoots under pressure from Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Lila Nuttle (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Lila Nuttle (No. 23) drives around Boulder High School's Megan Matthews (No. 13) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Lila Nuttle (No. 23) and Remy Tolar...

    Fairview High School's Lila Nuttle (No. 23) and Remy Tolar (No. 12) battle for the rebound with Boulder High School's Phoebe Hatch (No. 10) at the CU Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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BOULDER — Savannah Weiss took a few steps past mid-court and launched the ball out of her hands. It fell straight through the nylon as the buzzer sounded for halftime at the CU Events Center in Fairview’s crosstown rivalry contest against Boulder on Wednesday night.

That impressive shot from the Fairview freshman epitomized the battle that ensued between the Knights and Panthers, a game Boulder eventually won 34-27.

Throughout the contest, the Panthers relied on their rebounding to give them a slight edge over Fairview. Those boards proved vital, especially when they started to pull away in the fourth quarter. It was the first time in over a decade that Boulder has been able to take down the Knights.

“That was amazing. We haven’t done it in 11 years and for us as a team to do that, we’ve worked so hard and put so much effort into it that it was great to be rewarded with that dub,” Boulder senior power forward Ella Bartsch said. “I think (the rebounds) were huge. If we weren’t able to secure those rebounds against those taller girls, it would have been detrimental to the end of the game.”

She believes this team has enjoyed more talent and discipline than in years past.

Throughout the contest, Bartsch relied mostly on her inside play and free throw shooting to carry her game-high, 14-point performance. Junior guard Lily Huettel backed her up with nine points. On the other side of the court, Fairview senior Kailey Page took the reins of the offense with eight points, an effort that senior Sophia Hrywnak nearly matched with seven points of her own.

Even though the Knights couldn’t pull off the win, the ladies have seen an uptick in their success since the start of January, a change that Hrywnak attributed to quality time spent together on and off the court. So far, she’s been happy with their progress in 2022.

“I think we’ve definitely worked really well as a team in practice,” she said. “We’re going hard and the coaches are always supporting us when we lose, saying, ‘This is only the beginning.’ We don’t want to peak in the middle, at the beginning of league, especially in the middle of our season. I think we’re definitely on track to do big things. As long as we stay working as a team as we have been, keeping our cool under tough situations, we’re going to be good.”

With the win, Boulder improved to 5-10 and 1-4 in Front Range League play. Fairview, meanwhile, dropped to 6-8 and 1-2 in the FRL. Next up, the Knights will return to their home court to host Horizon on Friday night as Boulder hosts Legacy on the same night.

“Boulder’s a really good competitor,” Hrywnak said. “I think it showed us that we definitely need to focus on finishing at the basket and definitely working together as a team when things get stressful.”

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