BROOMFIELD -- The Holy Family student section was standing Friday evening in anticipation of the all-Broomfield matchup between teams that have won a combined nine girls basketball state championships since 2007.
But the Tiger faithful apparently got tired of waiting for their team to score its first points of the game. After one quarter, with a goose-egg still on the scoreboard for Holy Family, the students finally took a seat.
And it was still another two-plus minutes before HFHS finally broke the ice. That gave visiting Broomfield, the top-ranked team in Class 4A, a big head start in what turned out to be a 63-25 rout of its rival, the 3A No. 5 Tigers.
The resounding victory -- after leading 15-0 -- helped the
"It's good for some bragging rights around town," veteran Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. "A lot of these girls know each other and they've all played against each other. But I'd much rather win a state championship than worry about winning the mythical 'Broomfield' title."
The Eagles, which beat Broomfield-based defending 5A state champion Legacy earlier this month, avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time in more than six years. They fell to Arapahoe, the No. 2 team in 5A, earlier this week.
But Broomfield, winners of five straight 4A titles from 2007 through '11, seemed loaded for bear on Friday. The Eagles' pressure defense forced Holy Family into a whopping 38 turnovers, and the Tigers made just five of 21 field-goal attempts for the game.
"Our defense is huge for us, so to get all those turnovers against them is great," said Broomfield sophomore Callie Kaiser, who scored a game-high 16 points.
Holy Family didn't manage its first points until junior Lindsey Chavez hit two free throws with 5:49 left in the first half. By that juncture, the Tigers had turned over the ball 11 times and missed their first seven field-goal attempts.
Chavez led Holy Family with 11 points on Friday, but no teammate scored more than three.
"I think we were getting a little too excited that it was the Broomfield game and everything," explained Holy Family's Katie Chavez, who had to be carried off the floor with a hurt ankle in the fourth quarter. "We didn't settle down and run through our plays. But we definitely learned from this. We can turn this loss into a positive; we just won't let it happen again."
The loss was the most lopsided the Holy Family girls have suffered in many years. Of course, the Tigers haven't lost many games period. They won four 3A state titles from 2008 through '11, and own just 10 defeats in the last 51/2 seasons combined. They're 5-3 so far this campaign.
"We know that they're down a little bit this year, but they still have some pretty good guards and adequate post players," Croell said of Holy Family. "But if we get after it, keep fresh bodies out there and keep the pressure on, (forcing a lot of turnovers) is going to happen.
"Our strength is our depth at those guard positions. We can keep wheeling them out there, keep fresh legs out there. I guess it was only a matter of time."
By feeding off that defense, the Eagles scored 20 points more than Holy Family had allowed in any other game this season.
In the last four games, Broomfield has played three teams ranked among the top 11 in Class 5A, plus 3A No. 5 Holy Family. And despite that brutal schedule, the Eagles will go into the Christmas break with a 7-1 record.
Both teams are off until the new year, with Holy Family at Eaton on Jan. 4 and Broomfield at 5A No. 9 ThunderRidge on Jan. 5.
Broomfield 63, Holy Family 25
At Holy Family HS
Kaiser 7 2-2 16, Wilbur 1 0-0 3, Croell 4 2-4 10, Lehrer 2 1-1 5, Hull 3 1-3 7, Stovall 1 0-0 2, Chase 5 2-2 13, Rohrbough 0 0-1 0, Fankell 0 1-2 1, Albrecht 2 0-2 4, Forsee 1 0-0 2. Totals 26 9-17 63.
HOLY FAMILY (5-3)
K. Chavez 0 2-2 2, L. Chavez 3 4-4 11, McGillin 0 0-0 0, Spitzer 1 1-2 3, Pena 0 2-2 2, Jaros 1 0-0 3, Quinn 0 2-2 2, Blanchard 0 2-4 2. Totals 5 13-16 25.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 14 8 18 23 -- 63
Holy Family 0 11 7 7 -- 25
3-point field goals -- Broomfield (2): Wilbur, Chase; Holy Family (2): L. Chavez, Jaros. Total fouls -- Broomfield 17, Holy Family 16. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- none.