BROOMFIELD — Fairview senior Kailey Page didn’t want his high school basketball career to end without a win over rival Broomfield.
A dazzling second half assured him.
Page scored 13 of his 19 points for the season after the break and the Knights snapped a four-game losing streak against the Eagles with a 52-41 victory Thursday night.
“It’s kind of been my farewell tour this season, so I really wanted to leave my mark,” Page said. “It is enough to complete the objectives that I set myself at the beginning of the year. And my team made that possible tonight.
With Broomfield coming back after a slow start, Page, a commitment from Colorado Mesa, kept Fairview in control in the third quarter. She swept a pair of 3s, then followed with a baseline, reverse layup to push back the double-digit lead.
Broomfield closed in the seven early in the fourth before Page struck again. She sealed the game with five straight points in the final minutes – which included a three-point play and a one-and-one.
“She played really well, which is great for her,” Fairview freshman coach Courtney Smith said of Page. “She’s such a great leader for our team, and seeing her play games like this is just awesome.”
Layla Wright added 10 points for Fairview (8-9, 3-3 Class 5A Front Range League), while Payton Larson had eight the night she returned to action after taking a hard fall at the end of the first half time. The victory was the Knights’ first against Broomfield since January 19, 2018.
Playing in their retro white uniforms, the Eagles (6-11, 2-3) were led by Kayleigh Jones, a career-high 17 points. But they struggled to shoot without star Sophie Christopher, who was out most of the night with an illness. Christopher led the team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
“She’s our go-to girl and tonight we proved we can play hard without her,” Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. “But it’s hard to win without her.”
Page hit a pair of technical free throws to open the game due to a lineup error from Broomfield, and the Knights pushed their lead to 24-13 in the second quarter on a 12-1 run.
The Eagles responded with a 9-2 push to close the half as a closing 3 from Jones cut the deficit to 26-22.
Page stole the show from there.
“We tried to freeze it,” Croell said of Page. “My instructions were not to let her touch the ball. I don’t want her shooting the ball the rest of the night. Well, obviously that didn’t work out, and she pretty much got on with us the way she wanted.
Next, Broomfield travels to Loveland on Friday. Fairview hosts the Red Wolves on Tuesday.