Tigers News · Basketball doubleheader: Helbig and Baird reach career 1,000 points on same night


BROOMFIELD — To score 1,000 points in a high school career is impressive.

The odds of having two guys on the same team do it on the same night are astronomical. And both Kyle Helbig and Tanner Baird knew it was going to take something special on Thursday night against a good Erie team.

Helbig was 18 points away and Baird was 27 away from the magical mark entering the night.

And late in the fourth quarter of what turned out to be a 75-52 blowout, it was Helbig (with just under four minutes to play) that reached the mark first and Baird followed shortly after. They become the first Tigers to reach quadruple figures in well over 30 years.

“Coming in, we knew exactly how many we needed tonight and we really weren’t sure if we were going to get it because it was a lot of points for both of us,” said Baird, who capped off his 27 point night with a contested 12 footer that everyone in the gym knew was going in. “As the game went on, it just got more high scoring.”

Said Helbig, whose 1,000th point game on a grinding put-back: “It was a lot of fun and our teammates just kept getting us the ball. It was just a fun thing to do.”

You could sense the anticipation in the gym as well and everybody knew what was going on. Even Tigers coach Pete Villecco was aware and said afterwards, “I just had to keep (Baird) in.”

Even Erie coach Scott Melin understood and didn’t raise a ruckus even when things were out of hand late.

“(Pete) is usually conservative about that, pulling you with five minutes to go, but I think since Kyle got it that he wanted for us both to get it on the same night,” Baird said.

It was an important game in the Tri-Valley League to boot. Erie came in with a sparkling 6-3 mark and were 2-0 in the league, but just didn’t have the size to  match up with the Holy Family bigs. In addition to the big nights from Helbig (19) and Baird (27), 6-foot-4 senior Adam Jolly added 16, meaning that trio accounted for 62 of the 75 points.

Erie sophomore Kevin Loy led the visiting Tigers with 20 points, including all 10 of their points in the first quarter.

In the opener, on the girls side, Holy Family played a big second half and pulled away for a 60-36 victory to stay perfect in the Tri-Valley League.

Much like Tuesday night in Johnstown, coach Ron Rossi’s team got off to a slow start. Shots simply weren’t dropping and it allowed Erie (7-3, 2-1) to hang around. Holy Family was up just 24-17 at the half.

“We talked about that at halftime, nothing was falling and it was hard for everyone to shoot,” said senior Amanda Ward, who finished with 20 points. “So we knew going into the third quarter that we really needed to play strong and hard for the three minutes if we wanted to win the game.”

And that they did. Sophomore Genavieve Gudino scored seven straight point to start the third and the Tigers went on an 11-0 run to double up Erie and put the game out of reach.

“After that we just sort of got the ball rolling,” Ward said.

Gudino added 13 and Cecelia Aanerud scored eight.

Both the boys and the girls will be back at it on Tuesday night in Berthoud against the Spartans.

BOYS

HOLY FAMILY 75, ERIE 52

Erie (6-4, 2-1)   10   12   15   15   —   52

Holy Family (9-2, 4-0)   20   17   20   18   — 75

Erie — Tristan Rademacher 1 1-2 4, Ethyn Tyson 2 0-0 5, Cole Rademacher 0 0-0 0, Kayan Hargrave 2 2-3 6, Jordan Nguyen 3 2-2 9, Kevin Loy 8 4-5 20, Kael Lucero 4 0-0 8. Totals 20 9-12 52.

Holy Family — Dominic Nellis 2 0-0 4, Kyle Helbig 9 1-2 19, Zach Becker 2 0-0 4, Tanner Baird 10 5-5 27, Eddie Bartoletti 2 0-0 5, Kenny Fernandez 0 0-0 0, Garrett Green 0 0-0 0, Adam Jolly 7 2-6 16, Sam Snider 0 0-0 0. Totals 32 8-13 75.

3-pt goals — Erie (3): T. Rademacher, Tyson, Nguyen; Holy Family (3): Baird 2, Bartoletti.

GIRLS

HOLY FAMILY 60, ERIE 36

Erie (7-3, 2-1)   9   8   12   7   —   36

Holy Family (6-4, 4-0)   12   12   20   16   —   60

Erie — Kaitlyn Patterson 0 0-0 0, Grace Moyers 4 0-0 10, Sami Erbe 2 0-1 4, Alyssa Barnett 1 0-0 2, Deb Altshuler 3 0-0 7, Edie Morrow 0 1-2 1, Ava Welty 0 0-0 0, Lauren Kia 2 2-2 6, Anna Hefner 3 0-0 6. Totals 15 3-5 36.

Holy Family — Kaitlyn McKenzie 2 2-2 6, Genavieve Gudino 5 1-2 13, Gabby Thomas 1 0-0 2, Dylan Sanders 1 0-0 2, Noelle Gardon 1 1-2 3, Tyler Whitlock 3 0-0 6, Amanda Ward 8 0-3 20, Erin Winters 0 0-1 0, Cecelia Aanerud 3 2-2 8. Totals 24 6-12 60.

3-pt. goals — Erie (3): Moyers 2, Altshuler; Holy Family (6): Ward 4, Gudino 2.