BROOMFIELD - Perhaps it was tired legs that eventually gave way in Holy Family's second game in less than 24 hours.
Oh, but what a run it had been.
Ranked fifth in Class 4A, Holy Family saw it's seven-game winning streak end in a 49-38 loss to No. 1 Pueblo West on Friday afternoon. Isabelle Hren had 12 points and Paige Giltner added 10 for the Tigers (7-2), who followed a 51-45 win over Pueblo South last night with a sluggish offensive performance to end the 2017 part of their schedule.
It was only the second time this season Holy Family had failed to score at least 50 points. The other came in its 33-31 overtime loss to Air Academy in the season opener on Dec. 1.
"I think we wore down a little bit, we were a little tired," Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said. "Couldn't get our legs in the shot and forcing the shot a little bit. Not finishing plays."
From early second quarter into the third, the Tigers failed to score for a span of 8 minutes and 2 seconds.
It wasn't until 5:06 left in the third when Giltner finally ended it with a pair of free throws, cutting the deficit to 24-16. Amanda Ward then added a layup with 3:15 remaining in the quarter, her team's first field goal in 11:27 of game time.
The Cyclones outscored the Tigers 19-7 in the third and then led by as many as 17 in the fourth.
"They came out and scored right away (in the third) and I don't know if that shook us up a bit or we lost our confidence," Hren said. "We stopped shooting and we had turnovers and we just weren't taking care of the ball."
Pueblo West (8-0) also played for a second straight day and was without leading scorer Olivia Lough, who suffered an ankle sprain in Thursday's win over Windsor.
Hannah Simental stepped in to score 22 points for the Cyclones, who, like Holy Family, struggled to score at times on the second half of a back-to-back.
The 49-point output was a season-low for Pueblo West after it averaged 62 points through seven games.
"We knew scoring was going to be tough," Pueblo West coach Gil Lucero said. "Yeah, we averaged 60 points, but we knew we were going to get challenged this week with Windsor and Holy Family. We knew it would be a battle."
The Cyclones led 18-14 at half despite its own lengthy scoreless streak.
The Tigers, plugging lanes and forcing turnovers, kept Pueblo West off the board for 8:36 and pulled within 15-14 early in the second. Pueblo West then scored the next nine points to take control in the third.
"We played really hard last night against Pueblo South, and we've just had a long (nonconference schedule), and we've been practicing hard," Giltner said. "It could've just been tired legs, but we definitely didn't hit the free throws and the big shots when we needed to."
As for the Tigers' upcoming schedule? "We're pretty confident going in," Giltner said.
The Tigers host Skyline on Jan. 3 to begin play in the Tri-Valley League.
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Pueblo West 49, Holy Family 38
At Holy Family H.S.
PUEBLO WEST (8-0)
Simental 6 7-8 22, Aragon 0 1-2 1, Keck 1 1-2 4, Fort 2 0-0 5, Ross 3 5-6 11, Dabovich 0 1-2 1, Sanchez 1 2-2 5, Morrell 0 0-0 0, Neu 0 0-0 0, Lontine 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 17-22 49.
HOLY FAMILY (7-2)
McKenzie 1 0-0 3, Gudino 2 0-0 5, Sanders 0 0-0 0, Hren 2 8-13 12, Giltner 3 2-2 10, Gardon 0 0-0 0, Ashley Ward 0 0-0 0, Amanda Ward 2 0-0 4, Romero 0 0-0 0, Aanerud 0 0-4 0, Pittenger 1 2-2, 4, Winters 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 12-21 38.
Score by quarters:Pueblo West1531912—49
3-point field goals — Pueblo West (6): Simental 3, Keck, Fort, Sanchez; Holy Family (4): Giltner 2, McKenzie, Gudino.