Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Basketball: Tigers sweep the Ravens in home openers


BROOMFIELD — Winning ain’t easy at any level.

So when you get them, enjoy them.

The Holy Family boys had struggled out of the gate in Week 1 and for a half of basketball on Tuesday night in the home opener against Riverdale Ridge, the offense wasn’t clicking, shots weren’t falling and frustration was knocking on the door.

But a rousing halftime talk proved to be just the trick and the Tigers got contributions from deep off the bench in a 46-42 win over the Ravens.

“I thought when we came out in the first half we weren’t confident and we weren’t as strong we thought we could be, but the halftime pep talk was good and coach (Pete Villecco) was frustrated with the way we were playing,” said sophomore point guard Eric Quintana, who led all scorers with 13 points. “He knew we could be better and we just had to show him he was right and that all the work we were putting in was for a good reason.”

The offensive struggles in the first two games, including a 1-for-21 from three-point range last Friday night against Broomfield, were on full display in the opening half against Riverdale Ridge. The Tigers were just 1-for-9 in the first half from long range.

But Quintana hit one early in the third and it was just what the catalyst his team needed on the offensive end to get going.

“When we came back out, we had great intensity. Jackson (Ward), Blake (Hammond) showed their leadership and now we just got to keep it going and play four quarters and staying mentally strong,” Quintana said.

Holy Family never really pulled away and with 20 second left were only up 45-42 on a Ravens team that won its opener at Niwot last Saturday. The Tigers hang their hat on the defensive side of the ball and it was Ward that came up with a steal that lead to Riverdale having to foul on the other end.

“Getting this win felt like a relief and now we are back on the right track,” Quintana said. “We are going to come back to practice tomorrow, work hard and get ready for Centaurus (on Saturday afternoon).”

On the girls side, the Tigers took a 1-0 Riverdale Ridge team out of the game early. The vaunted Ron Rossi press gave the Raven’s fits to the tune of 14 first quarter turnovers. The Tigers led 29-2 after eight minutes and went on to win 87-21.

Alyssa Wells led all scorers with 16 points. Makenna Bertsch came off the bench to finish with 14 and Tyler Whitlock added 13 points.

Holy Family celebrated its win by handing out co-championship rings from last years season and the banner also made its way to the gym and will be hung in the coming weeks.

BOYS

Riverdale Ridge (1-1)   7   10   14   12   —   42

Holy Family (1-2)   5   9   17   15   —   46

Holy Family — Eric Quintana 5 1-2 13, Blake Hammond 5 2-6 12, Connor Cooney 1 3-6 5, Grayden Harkness 0 0-0 0, Jackson Ward 2 3-4 7, Rocco Bridges 1 0-0 3, Tommy Fritschen 0 0-1 0, Brandon Pierret 1 0-0 2, Gabe Tafoya 0 2-3 2, Esrom Abraha 0 0-0 0, Quinn Sousa 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 11-22 46.

3-pt. goals — Quintana 2, Bridges.

GIRLS

Riverdale Ridge (1-1)   2   6   6   7   —   21

Holy Family (2-1)   29   22   19   17   —   87

Holy Family — Tyler Whitlock 6 0-0 13, Dylan Sanders 3 2-2 9, Daniella Hren 3 0-0 7, Alyssa Wels 7 1-2 16, Cecelia Aanreud 0 0-0 0, Makenna Bertsch 7 0-0 14, Maggie Dooley 3 0-2 6, Mariah Quintana 3 0-0 6, Essynce Contreraz 3 0-0 8, Fiona Snashall 1 0-0 3, Julia Hodell 1 0-0 2, Abby Coufal 1 0-0 2. Totals 38 3-6 87.

3-pt. goals — Contreraz 2, Whitlock, Sanders, Hren, Wells, Snashall.