BROOMFIELD — For the first quarter on Friday night, the Mead girls basketball team created the type of low-scoring defensive game that gave it an edge abasing high-scoring Holy Family.

That changed quickly in the second quarter, however.

Pulling away right out of the gate in the second frame, the seventh-ranked Holy Family Tigers scored 27 points to build a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 63-36 victory. What started as a close game ended as a dominant Tri-Valley League win for the Tigers.

"We knew this was going to be an important game and where we really capitalized was our transition game," Tigers senior captain Katie Chavez said. "We did really well using our defense to transition into offense and build a lead."

As she often is, Chavez was the spark that ignited the pivotal second-quarter outburst. Finishing with a game-high 16 points, she scored nine in the second quarter. Twelve different Tigers scored on Friday night.

While the shots started falling for the Tigers (8-3, 4-0 Tri-Valley), the turnovers quickly began to add up for the Mavericks (7-6, 2-2 Tri-Valley) against the home team's full-court pressure and two-three zone.

"We got a little determination to do better after the first quarter and found our fire," Chavez said. "We knew this was going to be a tough game because it has been in past years. We working on finding a way to overcome and find different ways to beat every team we face."


The Tigers hit six 3-pointers on Friday and are still undefeated in conference play.

For the Mavericks, who have fought their way back over the .500 mark despite starting the season 2-4, scoring just six points in the second quarter and three in the third made all hope of a late comeback disappear. Junior Nicole Hamann also scored 16 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers will play Erie (5-6, 0-2) at home on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the Mavericks will face Skyline (3-7, 0-2 Tri-Valley) on the road.

"Every conference game is a big game," Tigers head coach Ron Rossi said. "Mead is a good team and we just didn't have the intensity we needed early in the game. They did a good job of slowing down the tempo. When we found a way to get some steals, we started to get our offense going and started shooting the ball better. The secret ingredient for all good teams is to have runs and we did that tonight."

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Holy Family 63, Mead 36

At Holy Family H.S.

MEAD (7-6, 2-2)

Brown 1 0-2 2, Hamann 7 2-4 16, Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Maher 1 0-2 3, Kamigaki 1 1-2 3, Jelinek 0 0-0 0, Veltien 1 0-0 2, Smith 2 2-2 6, Irwin 0 0-0 0, Cowley 2 0-2 4. Totals 15 5-14 36.

HOLY FAMILY (8-3, 4-0)

Chavez 6 4-6 16, Griggs 4 2-2 11, Schwartz 1 0-0 3, Bovine 2 1-1- 6, Hren 4 0-0 9, Giltner 1 0-0 2, B. Torres 1 0-0 2, Gardon 1 0-0 2, Am. Ward 1 0-0 2, Alderfer 0 0-0 0, R. Torres 2 0-0 5, Pittenger 1 0-0 2, As. Ward 1 0-0 3. Totals 25 7-9 63.

Score by quarters:

Mead 10 6 3 17 — 36

Holy Family 12 27 9 15 — 63

3-point field goals — Mead (1): Maher; Holy Family (6): Griggs, Bovine, Hren, Schwartz, R. Torres, As. Ward. Total fouls — Mead 7, Holy Family 14.