BROOMFIELD — It's arguably the biggest week for the Holy Family girls basketball team since the first week of the 2015-16 season, and it has shaped up as such by the way Berthoud and Windsor are playing.

But the Tigers weren't about to look ahead when facing Erie on the HFHS gym floor on Tuesday, and the explosiveness of their lineup was on full display in a 73-37 Tri-Valley League win.

Katie Chavez's 22 points led the way, but Holy Family — which plays the Spartans, the Wizards and Broomfield all within a five-day stretch starting Friday — showed balance and tenacity that picked up the pace coach Ron Rossi wants to see.

"Erie played really tough and slowed the pace down, but we just kind of let our defensive pressure start to dictate more how the rest of the game was going to be played," Rossi said after his team improved to 9-3 overall and 5-0 in the TVL. "When we play good defense, good things happen.

"We have a tough haul coming up, but that's the only way we're going to get better."

Erie, coming off a tough loss Monday against Windsor, showed some initial grit and grind Tuesday, and McKayley Green had 17 points overall to pace the visiting Tigers. But Erie (6-8, 1-4) could not get enough stops in a row to whittle down a double-digit Holy Family lead in the second quarter when the tides turned.


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Still within nine points at 31-22 with just 1 minute, 41 seconds left before halftime after Darby Berringer got a steal and layup, the Tigers went on a crushing 11-0 run that spilled over into the third.

They cranked up the defense even more, and turnovers in the mid-court led to easy Holy Family baskets on the other end. It was 38-22 just 1:06 into the third and Holy Family never looked back.

"They really got on us defensively, and we had to work on taking care of the ball better. We eventually did, and that got us going," said Casey Griggs, who tied Leah Schwartz with 12 points apiece to accompany Chavez's effort. "I felt like Katie and I were flowing really well, and it was fun out there.

"We trust our coaches to get us ready for those big games we have coming up."

Erie will try and get back on track against Frederick on Friday.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24

Holy Family 73, Erie 37

At Holy Family HS

ERIE (6-8, 1-4)

Autymn Purcell 0 1-2 1, Kathryn Hounder 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Patterson 0 2-4 2, Amberlyn Purcell 0 5-6 5, Jade Phillips 0 0-0 0, Amanda Farineau 0 0-4 0, Darby Berringer 3 0-0 7, Analiese Giampietro 0 0-0 0, McKayley Green 5 7-9 17, Annika Turner 1 3-6 5, Adlee Schenbeck 0 0-0 0, Lauren Kia 0 0-2 0, Delaney Spielman 0 0-0 0, Katy Humble 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 18-33 37.

HOLY FAMILY (9-3, 5-0)

Katie Chavez 7 8-10 22, Casey Griggs 4 4-8 12, Leah Schwartz 5 0-0 12, Lindsey Bovine 1 0-0 3, Izzy Hren 3 0-0 7, Paige Giltner 0 0-0 0, Bre Torres 0 1-2 1, Natalie Gardon 0 1-2 1, Amanda Ward 0 0-0 0, Sydney Alderfer 0 0-0 0, RaeAnne Torres 3 0-0 8, Cydney Pittenger 3 0-1 6, Kaitlyn McKenzie 0 1-2 1. Totals 26 15-25 73.

Score by quarters:

Erie 10 12 9 6 — 37

Holy Family 15 19 16 23 — 73

3-point field goals — Erie (1): Berringer; Holy Family (6): Schwartz 2, R. Torres 2, Bovine, Hren.