ERIE — Ron Rossi has learned over the years to never take anything for granted.

Rossi knows it is a safe practice to subscribe to when undertaking the grind of the end of the league season.

The Tigers had handled Erie at home last month and in Round 2 on Friday night, Holy Family made sure from the get-go that the home-standing Tigers didn't have a punchers chance from the opening tip.

Holy Family improved to 15-5 overall and 11-1 in the Tri-Valley League with a decisive 54-37 victory over Erie and in the process remain a game ahead of Windsor with one week to go in the regular season.

"With the RPI system the way it is set up now, we just want to keep winning and keep the confidence up," said Holy Family guard Isabelle Hren, who led all scorers with 16 points. "We don't go in thinking we are going to win, we know that every game, any team can beat another on any day."

Erie drops a game below .500 at 10-11 overall and are now 5-7 in the Tri-Valley.

Holy Family, as it has done for the better part of a decade, worked its patented press to perfection. They forced 16 first half Erie turnovers and were up 33-6 after two quarters of play.

"We know we still have a lot to work on if we want to get far in the state tournament," said Hren, who team turns around and plays a nonleague game with Thompson Valley on Saturday. "So there is definitely room for improvement."


Erie made things respectable in the second half and played well in the fourth quarter, out-scoring Holy Family 20-10. Both McKayley Green and Kaitlyn Patterson scored nine points to lead coach Liz Russell's team.

But Holy Family, whose early season resume is a who's who of the states best, has been battle tested and a recent redemption victory over Windsor might be just what the doctor ordered for switching to postseason gear.

"Windsor was a good step-up and Mead will be a good one too (on Tuesday)," Hren said. "I think it is going to be nice to play some tough team to see how far we've come along."

Erie will close out the regular season, needing at least one win to feel safe for the postseason, next week against Skyline and Windsor.

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At Erie

HOLY FAMILY (15-5, 11-1)

Kaitlyn McKenzie 0 2-2 2, Casey Griggs 4 2-2 13, Leah Schwartz 1 0-0 2, Isabella Sandoval 0 0-0 0, Isabelle Hren 7 0-0 16, Paige Giltner 0 0-0 0, BreAnna Torres 2 0-0 4, Ashley Ward 3 0-0 6, Amanda Ward 2 1-2 5, Sydney Alderfer 0 1-2 1, Ariel Jackson 0 0-0 0, Cydney Pittenger 2 1-2 5, Noelle Gardon 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-10 54.

ERIE (10-11, 5-7)

Kyleigh Harrell 0 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Patterson 3 2-4 9, Katie Huodner 0 1-2 1, Jade Phillips 3 2-2 8, Amanda Farineau 1 2-2 4, Darby Berringer 1 0-0 2, McKayley Green 1 7-8 9, Hale Hoback 0 0-0 0, Anna Giampietro 2 0-0 4, Katie Humble 0 0-0 0, Lauren Kia 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 14-18 37.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family 18 15 11 10 — 54

Erie 5 1 11 20 — 37

3-point field goals — Holy Family (5): Griggs 3, Hren 2; Erie (1): Patterson. Total fouls — Holy Family 11; Erie 14.