BOULDER — It was the perfect storm for the Holy Family girls basketball team on Thursday night.

The Valor Christian girls — winners of 25 straight games entering the Class 4A semifinals — got off to a rolling start and then had the size to shut down the Tigers, never giving them a chance at the Coors Events Center.

Broomfield still may forever be the Tigers' biggest rival, but thanks to a 63-30 defeat at the hands of the Eagles and a second straight season having Valor end the HF campaign, a little bitterness might start to brew between these two teams in the 4A class.

"Everything went wrong for us, and they played really well," sophomore starter Isabelle Hren said. "Really well."

Indeed, the final score was an indicator of how much Valor dominated this particular game, putting Holy Family at 20-7 for the season. The Eagles (26-1) led wire-to-wire, and after it was 7-6 early the defending champions went on a 10-0 run to get it to 17-6 to end the first quarter.

The closest Holy Family got was eight points in the second quarter, and Heidi Hammond's 10 third-quarter points — most from within eight feet of the hoop — put the Tigers on their heels.

Hammond finished with 19 points and four other girls scored at least seven points. Valor managed to draw fouls on the dribble-penetration (making 18 of 20 free throws) and out-rebounded Holy Family 36-21.


"We ran into a very good team," said Holy Family coach Ron Rossi, whose team made one more step than last year in making the Final Four. "We didn't shoot very well, didn't defend very well and they did everything they could to beat us.

"We couldn't convert (turnovers) and get our running game going. (Hammond) just took over in the third quarter."

From a shooting standpoint, the Tigers have typically been able to rely on someone to get hot but that one individual never emerged. Katie Chavez had two second-quarter 3-pointers and finished with eight points, BreAnna Torres had six and three others had four apiece. But HFHS shot just 30.8 percent from the floor for the game.

Hren, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds in a quarterfinal win against Mesa Ridge, reflected on the run the Tigers put together with gratitude and said the team has a lot to look forward to next year.

"I think we let the scoreboard influence the way we played, and it made a difference," Hren said.

"This was my first year of varsity and it was just really fun. As a team we learned a lot of things, and with Katie being the only starter we're losing, we have a good bond coming back next year."

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Valor Christian 63, Holy Family 30

At Coors Events Center


Katie Chavez 3 0-0 8, Casey Griggs 1 2-3 4, Leah Schwartz 1 0-0 2, Lindsey Bovine 0 0-0 0, Isabelle Hren 1 0-1 2, Paige Giltner 0 0-0 0, BreAnna Torres 2 1-2 6, Natalie Gardon 0 0-0 0, Amanda Ward 2 0-0 4, Sydney Alderfer 1 0-0 2, RaeAnn Torres 0 0-0 0, Cydney Pittenger 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 3-6 30.


Madison McCoy 2 4-4 9, Mary Newland 0 2-2 2, Tess Boade 4 0-0 8, Altman 2 3-3 7, Heidi Hammond 8 1-2 19, Liz Nolan 0 0-0 0, Sara Gibson 2 3-3 7, Megan Pike 0 0-0 0, Stephanie Coors 0 0-0 0, Kim Childress 3 3-4 9, Camryn Scott 0 2-2 2, Sara Nealy 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 18-20 63.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family 6 10 6 8 — 30

Valor Christian 17 11 19 16 — 63

3-point field goals — Holy Family (3): Chavez 2, B. Torres; Valor Christian (3): Hammond 2, McCoy. Total fouls — Holy Family 17, Valor Christian 15.