WINDSOR — It is arguably one of the toughest places to play in the Tri-Valley League.
You go into Windsor and you get a win — no matter what the Wizards record is at the time — it’s an accomplishment.
“That one feels good,” said Holy Family coach Pete Villecco, whose fifth-ranked Tigers busted open a tie game at halftime and pulled away from Wizards in the second half for a 64-49 victory.
“It’s a really tough place to play and we were prepared for that,” Villecco continued. “Our guys rose and they competed for 32 minutes. They did a good job of playing through mistakes and I thought we were tough tonight.”
It was a refreshing victory, especially after a trying weather week forced one day of practice and another game down the drain. “We had fresh legs, that’s for sure,” Villecco said.
It looked like the Tigers (17-3 overall, 12-1 in the TVL) might run away and hide from the Wizards in the early going. A quick start on the offensive end – notably from Tanner Baird and Zach Becker — had Holy Family up 18-8 after one quarter.
But the Wizards came roaring back. Senior guard Preston Greene scored 10 points in the second quarter and Windsor, with a Ben Hageman lay-up at the buzzer came all the way back to tie it at the break.
“We kind of coached ourselves, but Kyle (Helbig) and Tanner (Baird) really stepped up and took control with their leadership,” Tigers junior guard Garrett Green said, “And we came out firing.”
Windsor scored the first four points of the second half to go up 29-25, but the Tigers responded with a 21-6 run over the next six minutes to quiet the massive Wizards throng.
“We just preach controlling what we can and we can’t control the weather and we can’t control Mr. (Matt) Hauptly cancelling school,” Villecco said. “We had a good practice last night and I felt like we were ready to play.”
While the seniors continued to do their thing — Baird with 18, Helbig with 14 and Adam Jolly with nine — it was Green that had the most notable second half. His mere presence on the court sparked his teammates and when they needed a big shot he delivered.
“Garrett was phenomenal. Defensively he was really good and that three he stuck on top when it was (48-43 early in the fourth) was huge,” said Villecco, whose junior that was a member of the Tigers state golf team. “He had a big-boy rebound with two hands that he pulled down that was huge for us. He made a lot of big plays.”
Said Green, who finished with 10 points, all in the second half: “It’s a lot harder to be on a golf course, because you are alone and it’s you against yourself. With my teammates, it’s a lot easier.”
This week will be huge for the Tigers to close out the regular season. They will host Skyline on Tuesday before their potential TVL championship showdown with Mead on Thursday in Longmont. They will finish thing up next Saturday at home against Berthoud in a make-up game.
HOLY FAMILY 64, WINDSOR 49
Holy Family (17-3, 12-1) 18 7 21 18 — 64
Windsor (11-11, 8-7) 8 17 12 12 — 49
Holy Family — Dominic Nellis 1 3-4 5, Kyle Helbig 4 6-7 14, Zach Becker 3 0-0 8, Tanner Baird 7 2-2 18, Jonathan Pfenning 0 0-0 0, Eddie Bartoletti 0 0-0 0, Kenny Fernandez 0 0-0 0, Garrett Green 3 3-5 10, Adam Jolly 2 5-5 9. Totals 20 19-23 64.
Windsor — Trent Schumacher 1 0-0 2, Preston Greene 7 3-3 18, Mitch Rasmuson 2 0-0 5, Brennon Seyboldt 6 0-0 12, Kobe Greene 0 0-0 0, Lance McGinnis 0 2-2 2, Matt Scoggin 0 0-0 0, Ben Hageman 4 1-2 9, Hunter Peck 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 7-11 49.
3-pt. goals — Holy Family (5): Becker 2, Baird 2, Green; Windsor (2): P. Greene, Rasmuson.