BROOMFIELD — The Broomfield Eagles girls basketball team has dominated the past five cross-town rivalry games against Holy Family since 2012.

But playing in front of an eager home crowd on Saturday, the Holy Family Tigers swung the rivalry series momentum back in their favor with a 51-32 win over the Eagles. For the Tigers players, none of whom had ever beaten the Eagles, Saturday's win was like finally getting the holiday gift they had waited years to receive.

"We knew that we were down in the series against Broomfield and we wanted it so badly this year to make up for all the years before that we lost," Tigers senior Leah Schwartz said. "I've never beaten them so I'm so excited, and so are the other seniors that we can leave having beaten Broomfield in our last year."

Ranked seventh in Class 4A by the latest CHSAANow.com poll, the Tigers (4-2) got an early boost from Schwartz, scoring 10 of her game-high 16 points in the first quarter. Defensively, the Tigers held the Eagles (2-6) to single digits in all but the fourth quarter.

Senior guard Casey Griggs broke out of an early-season shooting slump, hitting three 3-pointers in the second half for the Tigers, who made a total of seven as a team. Despite some extra attention from the Eagles, Tigers point guard Isabelle Hren also had a solid game, scoring 10 points.


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"There were a lot of good moments tonight," Rossi said. "Defensively, I thought we did a lot of good things. We had a couple kids break out of slumps. It was the first time this season that a team played a box-and-one on Izzy (Hren) and I thought the kids did a good job of adjusting and sharing the ball. Overall, I thought we played a pretty good ball game.

For the Eagles, senior Abby Croell and sophomore Steph Peterson combined to score 18 of the team's 32 points.

Holy Family’s Leah Schwartz and Broomfield’s Steph Peterson battle for a loose ball Saturday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.
Holy Family's Leah Schwartz and Broomfield's Steph Peterson battle for a loose ball Saturday. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

The Tigers will face Pueblo South on Dec. 21 and Pueblo West on Dec. 22 to finish out the 2016 calendar year. Broomfield will play Ralston Valley on Dec. 20.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Holy Family 51, Broomfield 32

At Holy Family H.S.

BROOMFIELD (2-6)

Croell 3 3-3 9, Peterson 4 1-4 9, Steinhauer 0 0-0 0, Kort 2 0-0 5, Lenz 0 0-0 0, Hoffman 2 0-0 4, Casasanta 2 0-0 5, Abeyta 0 0-2 0, Keeler 0 0-0 0, Wiggins 0 0-0 0, Burgesser 0 0-0 0, Gilmore 0 0-1 0. Totals 13 4-10 32.

HOLY FAMILY (4-2)

McKenzie 0 3-4 3, Griggs 3 0-0 9, Schwartz 5 4-4 16, Sandoval 0 0-0 0, Hren 2 5-8 10, Giltner 2 0-0 5, Torres 1 0-0 2, As. Ward 0 0-0 0, Am. Ward 2 0-0 4, Alderfer 0 1-2 1, Gardon 0 0-0 0, Pittenger 0 1-2 1. Totals 15 14-20 51.

Score by quarters:

Broomfield 5 7 6 14 — 32

Holy Family 14 14 10 13 — 51

3-point field goals — Broomfield (2): Casasanta, Kort; Holy Family (7): Griggs 3, Schwartz 2, Giltner, Hren. Total fouls — Broomfield 17, Holy Family 16.