BROOMFIELD — The Holy Family boys basketball team knows what the Erie Tigers must be feeling like having lost their top returning scorer to injury.
With EHS' Cameron McCurry suffering a devastating knee injury a few games ago, Erie first-year coach Scott Melin is still hoping his team can keep fighting the good fight and maybe get a quick turnaround.
They needed only look at the other bench Tuesday to find a team that has risen above expectations despite such a loss. Behind a savvy bench that contributed heavily on offense on its home floor, Holy Family beat Erie 66-29 and improved to 9-3 overall despite Chris Helbig's season-ending injury he suffered during the football season.
"It's been fun to watch guys finding their niche and dominating their role," said Holy Family head coach Pete Villecco, who saw senior Zach Horning score a career-most 13 points. "One of those guys is Zach, he came off the bench and was great on the glass. Tanner Baird made some plays ... We're in game 12 but were still figuring a lot of things out."
While the usual suspects like Joe Golter (10 points) and Andy Nelson (11 points) were formidable, this game for Holy Family belonged to the reserves — Horning included.
Watching Erie come out hot to start, the 6-foot-3 senior imposed his will around the lane as soon as the first quarter, scoring six points. He played sparingly in the second, and then went off again in the third quarter as Holy Family extended a 12-point lead at half (29-17) to 45-22 by the end of the third.
In all, the HFHS bench scored 35 points, with Brodie Wolfe's five points and Baird's seven a big chunk of that.
"I was feeling it, but we all came out together to do a job," said Horning. "I felt like I had a good matchup, so it helped me to take over (the middle). We weren't happy with the way the first half turned out, so we came out with a lot more energy in the second half."
Erie ran out to a lead and trailed just 16-12 after going 5-for-7 from the floor in the first quarter. But over the next 24 minutes, the Tigers went 6-for-32.
Chantz Schenbeck and Clint Allen scored seven points apiece to lead the way.
"They picked up the intensity and got after us a bit more, and coming off a trip to Windsor (Monday) it was tough to keep those legs going," Melin said, his team hopeful McCurry can return for a few games. "They came out and competed though. We are where we are, and we want to fight and see what we can make out of this."
Both teams are back in action on Friday, with Holy Family playing at Berthoud and Erie going to Frederick.
Holy Family 66, Erie 29
At Holy Family HS
ERIE (1-13, 0-5)
Clint Allen 2 2-2 7, Justin Boyle 0 0-0 0, Austin Bohn 0 0-0 0, Taran Black 0 0-0 0, Ethyn Tyson 0 0-0 0, Chantz Schenbeck 3 0-0 7, Christion Santisteven 1 1-2 3, Luke Loy 1 0-2 2, Jadon Lucero 1 0-0 3, Alex Mathis 1 0-0 3, Noah Prowell 0 0-0 0, William Campbell 0 0-0 0, Brevin Anderson 2 0-0 4. Totals 11 3-6 29.
HOLY FAMILY (9-3, 5-0)
Joe Golter 4 2-2 10, Hunter Hill 0 0-0 0, Andy Nelson 4 0-1 11, Jack Marty 1 0-0 2, Zach Horning 5 3-6 13, Tanner Price 0 0-0 0, Brodie Wolfe 2 0-0 5, Michael Zeman 1 0-0 3, Tanner Baird 3 1-2 7, Kyle Helbig 4 2-2 11, Cameron Miller 2 0-0 4, Dylan Hunter 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 8-13 66.
Score by quarters:Erie 12 5 5 7 — 29
Holy Family 16 13 16 21 — 66
3-point field goals — Erie (4): Allen, Schenbeck, Lucero, Mathis; Holy Family (6): Nelson 3, Wolfe, Zeman, Helbig.