BROOMFIELD — Genevieve Gudino led all scorers with 16 points and teammate Amanda Ward had 11 as the Holy Family Tigers (10-5, 8-1) defeated the Frederick Warriors 52-28 on Saturday to complete a 3-0 week on the court.
"It's a really good feeling for us," Gudino said. "We really grow as a team when we have these games. Being able to play as a team is the fun part."
While the game ended in a 24-point win, the Warriors (4-12, 1-8) were able to hang with the Tigers through the first three quarters.
Gudino hit the first of her three triples to break up a scoreless game near the midway point of the first quarter and added a layup to keep the Tigers in front. Alyssa Wells came off the bench and scored five quick points to end the first quarter with Holy Family leading by seven.
The full-court press from the Tigers forced Frederick to commit multiple turnovers and to play at a faster pace trying to break the press. When the team was able to get into the offensive zone, they were scrambling in the half court against the pressure zone defense.
"We felt they were really weak against the press, so we felt if we could get in their pocket, we could get them to turn the ball over," Gudino said.
While the defense forced Frederick to play fast and a bit out of control, the Tigers were in no rush facing the 2-3 zone on offense. Things were much slower and methodical with each possession taking time off the clock, working to get the right shot regardless of how long it took.
"We don't want the other team to dictate how we play," Gudino said. "If we control the tempo, we can get ahead and play together as a team."
The slower pace on offense kept Frederick in the low-scoring game, trailing by just 10 at the half. Gudino and Ward pushed the lead up to 14 early in the third, but Shea Chavez was able to hit some jump shots and get to the rim to answer. Her play provided a spark to the Warriors and brought the team within seven late in the quarter. Then, with 1:10 remaining in the third, Chavez went down with a leg injury and did not return to the game.
A small run to end the third quarter after the injury got the lead back up to 12 for the Tigers. In the fourth, Holy Family got more transition points off steals from Ward, all while also keeping the Warriors off the scoreboard for more than four minutes to pull away.
The Tigers collected 16 steals as part of Frederick's near 30 turnovers. Continuing to push their defense will be the focus for the team entering the second half of Tri-Valley League play with the goal of overtaking the Windsor Wizards for the top spot in the standings, according to Gudino.
"We feel if we stop the ball, we're going to have no problems," Gudino said. "Our offense is really good. We just need to stop the ball against Windsor and other harder teams like that."
Holy Family will play three games again next week, starting with the final nonleague game on the road Monday at Evergreen. Back in the TVL, Holy Family travels to Fort Morgan on Tuesday and then host Roosevelt Friday.
Chavez finished with 14 points to lead the Warriors in the loss. Frederick continues a four-game road swing next week with league games against the Berthoud Spartans on Tuesday and Windsor on Thursday.
Holy Family 52, Frederick 28
At Holy Family High School
FREDERICK (4-12, 1-8)
Shea Chavez 5 4-4 14, Tori Dufour 2 0-1 5, Danielle Hemelstrand 1 2-2 4, Jacki Castillo 0 2-4 2, Cadence Neu 0 2-5 2, Adelina DeSantis 0 1-5 1. Totals 8 11-23 28.
HOLY FAMILY (10-5, 8-1)
Genevieve Gudino 6 1-5 16, Amanda Ward 4 2-2 11, Alyssa Wells 3 0-0 7, Cecilia Aanerud 2 1-1 5, Gabby Thomas 1 1-2 3, Tyler Whitlock 1 0-0 3, Erin Winters 1 1-2 3, Kaitlyn McKenzie 1 0-0 2, Dylan Sanders 1 0-2 2. Totals 20 6-14 52.
Score by quarters:Frederick (4-12, 1-8) 5 8 11 4 — 28
3-point field goals — Frederick(1): Dufour; Holy Family(6): Gudino 3, Wells, Whitlock, Ward. Total fouls — Frederick 19, Holy Family 19.