Frederick’s Aspen Dufour rebounds the ball during Friday’s game at Holy Family.
Frederick's Aspen Dufour rebounds the ball during Friday's game at Holy Family. (David R. Jennings / Staff Photographer)

BROOMFIELD — It's easy to imagine Holy Family coach Ron Rossi locked away in a basement staring at 10 screens of basketball and trying to develop some new and creative way to wreak havoc on his opponents.

"Rocket" Ron has six championship rings on his fingers that are a testament to his work ethic behind the scenes to make his teams better.

The hallmark of his really good team has been their ability to suffocate opponents with their relentless press and on Friday night in the Tri-Valley League opener against a very youthful Frederick team, his latest concoction was on full display.

Holy Family forced 24 Warriors turnovers and cruised to a 57-25 win to cap their brutal December schedule with a 4-3 record.

"We play eight different kinds of presses," said Rossi, who was proud of how his team responded at the end of finals week. "I thought our energy was really good for being really drained."

Holy Family, which already has four 5A opponents and a nail-biting finish against 4A No. 1 Sand Creek (a 66-60 loss in the final of the D'Evelyn Tournament last week) to its credit, jumped out to a 22-4 first quarter lead on the Warriors.

Katie Chavez, Casey Griggs, Leah Schwartz and Isabelle Hren all had open looks they didn't miss in the opening onslaught.

"Defensively, we were flying around really nice," Rossi said. "I know we played the best schedule of all the 4A teams and we know we are in the hunt, now the question is, can we get better by March?


"That's our goal."

The Tigers were led by Chavez's 15 points. Last week against Sand Creek, she became the schools all-time leading scorer, surpassing the great Stephanie Giltner's total of 1,146 and now stands at 1,191. Rossi presented her a a game-ball after the game.

"It was a thrill," Rossi said. "She is a pretty special kid."

For Frederick, which only ran eight deep for coach Sean Boyer, Wednesday night wasn't all bad news. His eight players, made up of five freshmen and three sophomores, never stopped against the Tigers and competed to the final buzzer.

"I think we did (compete) for having all freshmen and sophomores out there," Boyer said. "In three years we are going to be something special.

"We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we are not going to just back down and let them take the victory without fighting and none of our girls gave up and we played as hard as we could, and that is all I can ask of them."

Frederick (2-5, 0-1) was led by Mylie Tarnowski's eight points. Jaime Lee chipped in with six.

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At Holy Family

FREDERICK (2-5, 0-1)

Adelina DeSantis 0 0-0 0, Cadence Neu 1 0-0 3, Aspen Dufour 2 0-4 4, Jaime Lee 1 3-4 6, Mylie Tarnowski 3 0-0 8, Danielle Hemelstrand 0 0-0 0, Shea Chavez 2 0-0 4, Hailee Hurtado 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 3-8 25.

HOLY FAMILY (4-3, 1-0)

Katie Chavez 6 0-0 15, Casey Griggs 2 2-2 7, Leah Schwartz 2 1-1 5, Lindsey Bovine 0 0-0 0, Isabelle Hren 4 0-0 8, Paige Giltner 3 0-3 6, BreAnna Torres 0 0-0 0, Natalie Gardon 0 0-0 0, Amanda Ward 3 0-0 6, RaeAnne Torres 2 0-0 4, Cydney Pittenger 2 0-0 4, Ashley Ward 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 3-6 57.

Score by quarters:

Frederick 4 5 11 5 — 25

Holy Family 22 6 17 12 — 57

3-point field goals — Frederick (4): Tarnowski 2, Neu, Lee; Holy Family (4): Chavez 3, Griggs. Total fouls — Frederick 9; Holy Family 11.