When last Scottsdale Chaparral and Laveen Betty Fairfax played in girls basketball, it was a morning game of a tournament on the day after Thanksgiving. Betty Fairfax was a little more awake in a four-point win.
But Chaparral turned the tables Friday night on the road, outscoring Betty Fairfax in every quarter on its way to a 67-39 Division I win.
Addie Buzas scored 10 of her game-high 22 points in the second quarter and Kayla Shaw sank five three-pointers on her way to 20 points to lead Chaparral (12-4) to victory. Chaparral turned a seven-point halftime lead into an 18-point advantage after three quarters and finished strong, outscoring Fairfax by 10 in the fourth.
The pace of the game was frenetic in the first half, but Chaparral didn’t look fazed by Betty Fairfax’s full-court pressure. It created turnovers, but on several occasions Chaparral guard Kylie Fisher was able to push the ball up the court, and good ball movement on offense led to open shots for Buzas and Shaw.
Fisher, who finished with 11 points, didn’t play in the first meeting between the teams.
“We handled the pressure pretty well,” Chaparral coach Brian Porth said. “It was something we felt comfortable with.”
Porth said his team had recently played other teams that like to trap in the backcourt, which helped prepare it for Betty Fairfax. He was able to take Buzas and Shaw out of the game at the 2:26 mark of the fourth quarter.
Sophomore center Jenise Strover had 10 point and four blocked shots for Betty Fairfax, but fouled out in the third quarter. Chaparral scored the first nine points of the third, moving out to a comfortable 36-20 lead to take control.
Lyly Lowery’s 11 points led Fairfax (13-5).
“They looked tired and weak,” Fairfax coach Zon Thompson said, “but they came to play. It’s one bad game. We needed this so we can settle down.”