Boys Varsity Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball · Basketball: Girls shake off the rust to beat Berthoud


BROOMFIELD — Fifteen days.

There is going to be some rust when you don’t play a game for that length of time.

Holy Family coach Ron Rossi expected it. And then he expected his girls to respond.

“Just like any college team or NBA, when you haven’t played for 15 days, there is going to be rust. And that rust occurs in your legs, when you not getting them under your shot or you hurry a pass when you normally wouldn’t,” said Rossi, whose team had locked up the regular season NCAC crown already. “I knew I was going to have to live with that for a little bit.”

And ultimately they did against a Berthoud team that was a Final Four squad a year ago and took Mullen to the brink at the quarterfinals. But this wasn’t the same Spartans team that beat the Tigers by 20+ last year, and Holy Family knew it. The Tigers played well in the second and third quarters, pulling away for a comfortable 51-38 victory to improve to 9-1 with one game left in the regular season on Saturday against Severance.

After a balanced 11-10 first quarter, Holy Family extended the lead in the second behind its normal horses in Tyler Whitlock and Alyssa Wells, but also got great contributions off the bench in the quarter from Maggie Dooley and freshman Essynce Conreraz. The Tigers, who played their first game in front of a student section after the Broomfield County variance allowed for a few more people to be in the building, went to the locker rooms up 30-19.

“We’ve talked all year long about how the teams that adjust the best are going to find ways to win,” Rossi said. “If it means adjusting to not having a locker room, having a game going that doesn’t happen or you play scared because the next team might give it to you; a lot like life, you have to read those adjustments and keep moving on. That’s what this team has done a really good job of, they don’t let the adjustments bother them.”

Both Wells and Whitlock finished with 12 points each on Senior Night for the five Holy Family seniors. Dylan Sanders chipped in with seven.

The boys, one night after getting past Greeley West, suited up against winless Berthoud and earned their most lopsided win of the season. The Tigers improved to 8-5 with a 67-37 win and will also close out the regular season at home on Saturday against the Silver Knights of Severance.

Blake Hammond lead all scorers with 14 points and both Jackson Ward and senior Sam Cullison added eight off the bench for coach Pete Villecco, who started five of his six seniors on Wednesday night.

The CHSAA will release the brackets on Sunday afternoon. If form holds, both teams will host Class 4A first round games next Tuesday.

BOYS

HOLY FAMILY 67, BERTHOUD 37

At Holy Family

Berthoud (0-13)   8   11   9   9   —   37

Holy Family (8-5)   18   17   23   9   —   67

Berthoud — Brown 4 4-6 13, Sandstedt 0 0-3 0, Hidalgo 4 0-2 8, Smith 1 0-0 2, Owens 4 2-6 10, May 0 0-0 0, Brown 1 0-2 2, Peterson 0 0-0 0, Young 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 6-19 37.

Holy Family — Sousa 2 0-0 5, Hammond 6 1-3 14, Cooney 0 2-2 2, Pierret 0 3-4 3, Abraha 2 1-2 7, Quintana 1 1-2 4, Ward 3 2-3 8, Bridges 2 0-0 6, Tafoya 2 1-2 6, Fritchen 2 0-0 4, Harkness 0 0-0 0, Cullison 3 1-2 8. Totals 23 12-20 67.

3-pt. goals — Berthoud (1): Brown; Holy Family (9): Abraha 2, Bridges 2, Sousa, Hammond, Quintana, Tafoya, Cullison.

GIRLS

HOLY FAMILY 51, BERTHOUD 38

Berthoud (8-5)   10   9   7   12   —   38

Holy Family (9-1)   11   19   13   8   —   51

Berthoud — Fowler 5 0-0 12, Padilla 5 0-0 13, Rennaker 1 0-0 3, Carr 2 0-0 5, Kingston 0 0-0 0, Davidson 0 0-0 0, Flores 1 3-4 5, Fischer 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-4 38.

Holy Family — Whitlock 4 4-6 12, Sanders 2 2-4 7, Hren 1 0-0 3, Wells 4 2-3 12, Aanerud 2 0-2 4, Bertsch 2 0-0 4, Dooley 2 0-0 4, Contreraz 2 0-0 5, Hodell 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 8-16 51.

3-pt. goals — Berthoud (7): Padilla 3, Fowler 2, Rennaker, Carr; Holy Family (5): Wells 2, Sanders, Hren, Contreraz.