Tigers News · Girls basketball: And then there were eight; Tigers beat TCA

BROOMFIELD — It was one year ago in the Sweet 16, where a favored Holy Family team lost on its home floor to Widefield.

It has lingered … and something coach Ron Rossi has not let his young team forget about.

They called this round a jinx, but they quickly put that bad juju to bed on Tuesday night against 15th-seeded The Classical Academy. The Tigers 2-3 zone defense confused the Titans in the early going and it set the tone for the night. Sure the Titans made some shots, but not enough against a Tigers team that is playing really well right now. Holy Family advanced to the Great 8 of the Class 4A tournament with a 61-46 victory over TCA.

“We did a lot of different things to them to take away the stuff they like to do and the girls were really prepared,” said Tigers coach Ron Rossi, whose team will welcome in No. 7 Greeley Central (a 42-38 winner over Green Mountain) on Friday night. “They are a post up team and they didn’t get a whole lot of post ups and they hit some shots they don’t normally hit.

“This is a very good defensive club, they are very flexible.”

It was a two possession game going to the half, 26-20 Holy Family, when the Tigers stepped on the gas pedal. The depth, which has been beneficial to the Tigers all season and is really showing itself thus far in the playoffs was on display during a 15-4 third quarter run that put the game out of reach.

“We are so young, and this is the first playoffs experience for these sophomores, but they’ve handled it like they’ve been there before,” Rossi said. “And it is encouraging that they have grown throughout the season and we know our depth is really important.”

Genevieve Gudino led a sophomore class — including Dylan Sanders, Alyssa Wells (three points), Tyler Whitlock (11) and Cecelia Aanerud (3) — that scored 40 points on Tuesday night with 23 points, including a clutch 5-for-5 from the line in the final quarter.

“At first we weren’t talking as much as we should have and they got some easy buckets,” Gudino said. “But we started to get stronger as this game wore on and we played more as a team, more as a unit and we stuck with it because it was working really well.

Senior Amanda Ward struggled to find her stroke early on, but heated up late in the first and into the second, hitting all three of her three pointers. She ultimately finished with 15 points.

Autumn Boyles led the Titans (18-7) with 18 points.


The Classical Academy (18-7)    4   16   10   16   —   46

Holy Family (20-5)    9   17   20   15   —   61

The Classical Academy — Kaylee Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jaedyn Ryba 1 0-0 3, Addie Katayama 2 3-4 7, Autumn Boyles 7 3-7 18, Shenna Daum 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Thompson 0 0-0 0, Kylea Roitsch 0 0-0 0, Maddie Ivan 1 3-6 5, Alexa Rogers 1 0-0 2, Kaitlin Walters 2 2-2 6, Layne Bradford 1 0-0 2, Bethany Wormack 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 12-21 46.

Holy Family — Kaitlyn McKenzie 1 0-0 2, Genevieve Gudino 8 5-5 23, Gabby Thomas 0 0-0 0, Dylan Sanders 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Wells 1 0-0 3, Noelle Gardon 1 1-2 3, Tyler Whitlock 4 2-3 11, Amanda Ward 3 6-6 15, Erin Winters 0 1-2 1, Cecelia Aanerud 1 1-2 3, Makayla Salter 0 0-0 0, Makenna Bertsch 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 16-20 61.

3-pt. goals — TCA (2): Ryba, Boyles; Holy Family (7): Ward 3, Gudino 2, Wells, Whitlock.