MEAD — Even if the Holy Family girls basketball team wins its last regular-season game against Roosevelt on Friday, the Tigers will likely share the final Tri-Valley League lead with Windsor and eventually lose out on a head-to-head score tiebreaker.
Frankly, Tigers head coach Ron Rossi could care less. For top-10 teams like Holy Family at this point in the season, the bigger picture is playoff seeding.
In terms of the RPI, which is the primary criterion for postseason seeding, the Tigers entered Tuesday night with the second-highest score in Class 4A. Tuesday night, they defeated No. 13 Mead by a score of 50-30 to solidify their standing with one game left on the schedule.
"The RPI is really crucial and Mead has a really good record, so this win is special because now we have a really good shot to play at home until the Final Four at the (Denver) Coliseum," Tigers head coach Ron Rossi said. "It was really important for us to get this win because we want that home court in the playoffs. I'm also just really proud of how competitive the Tri-Valley is this year, which is why all of our RPIs are so high."
As of Monday night, the Tri-Valley had three teams - No. 2 Holy Family (19-3, 12-1 Tri-Valley), No. 4 Windsor (17-4, 11-1 Tri-Valley) and No. 13 Mead (15-6, 9-4 Tri-Valley) - among the top 13 teams in the RPI standings. During the regular season, Holy Family and Windsor split the home-and-away conference series, with Windsor owning the scoring tiebreaker 115-103.
On Tuesday, the Tigers completed the season sweep of Mead despite the host Mavericks jumping out to a 10-5 lead after the first quarter. Once they righted themselves, the Tigers played their way to a one-point halftime lead and then outscored the Mavericks 33-14 in the second half.
"Mead came to play and we didn't come to play in the first quarter," Rossi said. "They did a great job in the early part of the game but once we settled down and started to play our game, things changed. We played a lot better defense, got some scoring and got our running game going. It was like two different teams out there today."
Rossi added that the Tigers, who forced 26 turnovers in the game, played with much greater intensity and passion in the second half. Senior guard Izzy Hren scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half.
Senior Alanna Hernandez led the Mavericks with seven points.
Holy Family 50, Mead 30
At Mead H.S.
HOLY FAMILY (19-3, 12-1)
Mckenszie 1 0-0 2, Gudino 1 0-0 2, Hren 10 4-6 25, Giltner 3 2-4 8, Gardon 0 0-1 0, Ward 3 0-0 9, Aanerud 0 0-2 0, Pittenger 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-13 50.
MEAD (15-6, 9-4)
Hernandez 2 0-0 7, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Maher 2 2-6 6, Choksey 0 0-0 0, Levine 1 0-0 2, Gilbert 2 0-0 5, Glynn 3 0-0 6, O'Dell 1 2-5 4, Romero 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 4-11 30.
Score by quarters:Holy Family 5121617—50
3-point field goals — Holy Family (4): Ward 3, Hren; Mead (1): Hernandez. Total fouls — Holy Family 15, Mead 14.