Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Basketball : Yes Jackson, This is for Real


JOHNSTOWN — Before the start of the 2019-20 boys season, sophomore Jackson Ward had no clue what his role was going to be for the Holy Family Tigers.

“When I came to tryouts, I was thinking I was just going to be JV and maybe swing up (to varsity) a few games,” the 6-foot-2 forward said. “I never thought I’d be doing this.”

Not only did Ward earn a spot on the varsity roster, over the last month he has routinely cracked the starting line-up. And on Friday night at Roosevelt, he had his coming out party with a game high 20 points in the Tigers 71-45 victory over the RoughRiders.

“I came out a little slow,” Ward said, “But I came out in the second half really turned it up.”

The Tigers jumped on the Tri-Valley League’s cellar-dwellers with a 25 point opening quarter, that saw Blake Hammond score 10 quick points and senior Garrett Green knock down two of his three three-pointers of the game.

But Roosevelt didn’t go away and kept things interesting though the next two quarters, getting a lot of help from its bench — notably senior Kole West (8 points).

But Ward was the difference on both ends of the floor, and was pivotal in keeping Roosevelt at bay. He score 14 points in the second half and had four steals and several clutch rebounds.

The Tigers got valuable minutes from eleven guys on Friday night. Garrett Green finished with 17 points, Cole Greany had 11, Hammond had 10 and senior Leo Nelson provided big minutes throughout the game and finished with a career high six points.

The boys have a quick turnaround and will face Broomfield on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagles gym.

GIRLS

The sixth-ranked Holy Family girls won their 12 consecutive game and remained perfect in the Tri-Valley League with a 51-23 victory over Roosevelt.

Junior guard Daniella Hren led the Tigers on Friday night with 15 points on five three-point field goals.

After a lack-luster first quarter that saw the Tigers defense turn Roosevelt over 12 times before they finally scored on a 25-foot three-pointer from Jennessa Archuleta with under a minute to play in the frame. The Roughriders tied it up with a banked in three-pointer from Trinity Ramirez that had the home fans wondering if the upset was possible.

It was not.

The Tigers defensive effort and full-court press skyrocketed the Roosevelt turnover numbers and the Tigers made them pay to the tune of a 25-7 second quarter to open up a 25-13 lead.

Holy Family’s defense would limit Roosevelt to just one third quarter point.

In addition to Hren’s big night, Tyler Whitlock chipped in with 12 points and Makenna Bertsch came off the bench for eight points.

The ladies are off until Tuesday, when they welcome in Erie at 5:30 p.m.

BOYS

HOLY FAMILY 71, ROOSEVELT 45

At Roosevelt

Holy Family (8-9, 5-6)   25   12   12   22   —   71

Roosevelt (3-13, 0-10)   7   17   11   10   —   45

Holy Family — Dominic Nellis 0 1-3 1, Blake Hammond 3 3-7 10, Cole Greany 2 5-11 11, Jackson Ward 8 4-6 20, Garrett Green 4 6-6 17, Jacob VanHandel 1 0-0 2, Leo Nelson 2 2-2 6, Eric Quintana 0 2-2 2, Connor Cooney 0 0-0 0, Brandon Pierret 1 0-1 2, Rocco Bridges 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 23-38 71.

3-pt. goals — Holy Family (6): Green 3, Greany 2, Hammond.

GIRLS

HOLY FAMILY 51, ROOSEVELT 23

Holy Family (14-4, 11-0)   6   25   13   7   —   51

Roosevelt (6-10, 2-8)   6   7   1   9   —   23

Holy Family — Tyler Whitlock 4 4-5 12, Dylan Sanders 2 3-4 7, Daniella Hren 5 0-0 15, Alyssa Wells 1 0-0 2, Cecelia Aanerud 1 1-2 3, Makenna Bertsch 4 0-2 8, Mariah Quintana 0 0-0 0, Makayla Salter 0 0-0 0, Jaelen Giron 1 0-0 2, Abby Coufal 0 0-0 0, Maggie Dooley 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 8-13 51.

3-pt. goals — Holy Family (5): Hren 5.