BROOMFIELD — One step at a time.

It has always been the way for Ron Rossi during his tenure at Holy Family and the veteran coach on Tuesday night took another big one.

His Tigers wrapped up the Tri-Valley League with a 57-35 win over Mead and, depending how things play out in the final week, their No. 5 seeding in the current RPI could go even higher.

"We played a complete game as a team and that is what I am most proud of," said Rossi, whose team will wrap the regular season Friday in Johnstown against Roosevelt. "(Mead) is a real physical team and we respected that. We moved the ball around real well and got some nice looks because of our ball movement."

Holy Family improved to 17-5 overall and 12-1 in the TVL. The loss is not necessarily a bad thing for Mead's RPI number, but the Mavs drop to 12-10 overall and 9-4 inside league play.

The Tigers put the Mavericks in a hole early, opening the game on a 9-0 run that had to have felt cavernous.

The next big run of the game for the Tigers extended from the end of the first quarter to the second. A 13-3 burst after the Mavs had cut the lead to 14-9 put Rossi's bunch up a comfortable 27-12. Mead would never cut the lead to single digits the rest of the game.

"Vern (Rathbun) is a nice coach and he makes them play a physical game and he wanted that kind of game," Rossi said. "And running our break was real efficient too."


Said Rathbun, whose team became just the third team since January to score at least 40 points on the Tigers: "They are a team that doesn't give up points. They don't make a lot of mistakes, we turned the ball over and they shot the ball well."

Mead was paced by Abby Glynn's 14 points and Anna Maher chipped in with 11 points.

The Holy Family back court trio of Casey Griggs, Leah Schwartz and Isabelle Hren combined for 39 points on a night when 10 different girls scored.

Holy Family’s Isabelle Hren goes for a layup during a game against Mead on Tuesday in Broomfield.
Holy Family's Isabelle Hren goes for a layup during a game against Mead on Tuesday in Broomfield. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

"We want to keep improving and we still have another week before the playoffs games start," Rossi said. "The league championship has a great meaning because of the Tri-Valley League, but now the RPI has more meaning and we still have a shot to get fourth, fifth or sixth. So we want to finish strong so we can get that good seed."

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At Holy Family

MEAD (12-10, 9-4)

Alanna Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Nicole Hamann 0 0-0 0, Kayla Stephenson 0 0-1 0, Anna Maher 3 4-7 11, Cami Kamigaki 1 0-0 2, Jada Levine 0 0-0 0, Anna Veltien 2 2-4 6, Riley Gilbert 1 0-0 2, Abby Glynn 3 8-11 14, Bailey O'Dell 0 0-2 0, Abby Cowley 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 14-23 35.

HOLY FAMILY (17-5, 12-1)

Kaitlyn McKenzie 1 0-1 2, Casey Griggs 5 1-2 14, Leah Schwartz 5 0-0 12, Isabella Sandoval 1 0-0 2, Isabelle Hren 6 1-2 13, Paige Giltner 0 2-2 2, BreAnna Torres 1 0-0 2, Amanda Ward 2 0-0 4, Sydney Alderfer 2 1-3 5, Ariel Jackson 0 0-0 0, Cydney Pittenger 0 1-4 1, Apryl Jackson 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 6-14 57.

Score by quarters:

Mead 9 11 8 7 — 35

Holy Family 16 16 13 14 — 57

3-point field goals — Mead (1): Maher; Holy Family (5): Griggs 3, Schwartz 2. Total fouls — Mead 11; Holy Family 18.