LAFAYETTE — Holy Family girls basketball has one of the state’s top offenses. But Tuesday night, it was the top-ranked Class 3A team’s ability to prevent points that won the Tigers their conference opener.
The team downed Metro League rival Peak to Peak 54-35, holding the Pumas to a minuscule offensive output to start the game. Peak to Peak could not get a shot in edge-wise over the Tigers’ sizable inside defense, with the Pumas heading into halftime scoring only nine points.
“It was good to start it off so strong,” Holy Family post Kassie Johannsen said. “It was a lot fun, because we played exactly like we should have.”
Johannsen anchored Holy Family’s zone defense, slowing down one of the the state’s most prolific guards in Khadijah Sayyid. But the senior was more than a one-dimensional threat to Peak to Peak (8-2, 0-1).
Johannsen also finished her team’s top scorer, recording 17 points after going nearly unopposed in the the paint in the opening period. She hit 5 of 7 attempts in the opening 8 minutes of play to set the tone for the rest of the game.
“I just saw a lot of cuts tonight,” the post said. “Our guards would penetrate and the cuts would be open, because their defense would be all over our guards.”
Megan Chavez gave Holy Family (7-0, 1-0) some outside offense late, with the guard hitting one of her team’s two 3-pointers in the third. The senior would finish with 11 points. But the rest of the backcourt struggled with the Pumas defense — especially Stephanie Giltner. Peak to Peak had nearly its entire game plan centered on slowing the Tigers’ top scorer.
“They ran a box-and-one on Stephanie, which wasn’t a lot of fun for her,” Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said. “But our kids did a really good job of finding the open girl.”
Sayyid finished with a game-high 22 points, her sixth game this season where the guard has scored 20-plus points. But the senior had to collect most of her baskets in the second half, with Holy Family holding her to four points in the opening two periods.
The slow scoring, combined with the Pumas’ 12 turnovers before halftime spelled trouble for Peak to Peak.
“They created a huge gap with the turnovers, which I think threw us out of sync,” Sayyid said. “We try to get back, but ended up forcing our shots.”
Sayyid got back into groove out of halftime and put up a valiant effort in the face of insurmountable odds. The guard hit seven of her final 13 field goals, two of them coming behind the 3-point arc.
“We’ve never been able to beat them,” the senior said. “I was hoping to pull the upset tonight. But there is a chance of us seeing them in the playoffs.”
Holy Family 54, Peak to Peak 35
At Peak to Peak HS
HOLY FAMILY (7-0, 1-0)
Lins. Chavez 2 0-0 4, M. Chavez 5 0-0 11, Zeman 4 0-0 9, Metzger 1 0-0 2, Giltner 2 2-4 6, Gills 0 1-2 1, Johannsen 8 1-3 17, Blanchard 1 2-2 4. Total 25 6-11 54.
PEAK TO PEAK (8-2, 0-1)
Wetmore 1 0-0 2, Danielson 2 1-3 5, Sayyid 9 2-4 22, Warner 1 0-0 2, Devries 1 0-0 2, Callaway 1 0-0 2. Total 15 3-7 35.
Score by quarters:
Holy Family 13 15 13 13 — 54
Peak to Peak 7 2 13 13 — 35
3-point field goals — Holy Family (2): M. Chavez, Zeman; Peak to Peak (2): Sayyid 2. Total fouls — Holy Family 13; Peak to Peak 10. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.