Girls basketball: Holy Family keeps its focus at St. Mary’s Academy

DENVER — The monotonous grind of the regular season has a few games that both coaches and players alike have to find a way to get up for.

Wednesday night was just one of those nights for the Holy Family girls against the Metro League’s cellar dweller in St. Mary’s Academy.

“It’s really hard, but at the same time we know that this journey we are on is the last time through the Metro League,” Tigers coach Ron Rossi said, “so we want to win in everybody’s gym.”

It was never in doubt for Holy Family, the No. 2 team in the latest AP media poll. The Tigers cruised to a 59-28 victory over the Wildcats and improved to 12-1 overall and 4-0 in league play.

The Tigers made sure this one was over from the get go, jumping out to a quick 10-0 in the first two minutes, something that caught Rossi and his staff a little off guard.

“The last two years we have played them, they have held the ball on us,” he said. “I thought my kids came out and just smoked early.”

Though the intensity never seemed to be there the whole night, the Wildcats made things interesting by closing the gap to 15-9 early in the second quarter.

That was all the motivation Holy Family needed, and the Tigers went on a 14-0 run into the third quarter that stretched the lead to 29-9 and all but sunk Phil Gentry’s squad.

“They are just a good team and they are definitely solid at every position and with the way they can shoot it from the outside and finish on the inside, they are tough,” said the longtime St. Mary’s Academy coach. “They are well coached and I think they do it the right way, so hats off to them.”

Holy Family was able to share the wealth offensively and it was a big night for junior Maggie Spitzer, who backed up her 19-point effort against Faith Christian last Friday with 16 points — including 10 in the third quarter.

“We know that we have to bring it every time and we know that if we slip or let up that everyone is going to catch us,” said Spitzer, whose team will try and clear yet another big hurdle on Friday night at home against Peak to Peak. “I don’t really know how to get motivated for these, but we just pump each other up and try and bring our best each game.”

Katie Chavez finished with 11 points and Lindsey Chavez scored 10 for the Tigers, who had 10 different players record points.

St. Mary’s Academy (3-8, 0-4) was led by senior Erin Flynn’s 10 points and the Wildcats also got a nice effort from Emma Selner. The senior soccer standout picked Katie Chavez’s pocket midway through the third quarter and went in for an easy layup and finished with nine points.

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Holy Family 59, St. Mary’s Academy 28

At St. Mary’s Academy

HOLY FAMILY (12-1, 4-0)

Katie Chavez 4 2-2 11, Lindsey Chavez 4 0-0 10, Charley Clements 0 4-6 4, Jessica Talamantes 1 0-0 2, Alex Jaros 1 0-1 2, Olivia Quinn 1 0-0 2, Megan McGillin 4 0-2 8, Sylvi Pomerinke 1 0-0 2, Maggie Spitzer 8 0-4 16, RaeAnne Torres 0 0-0 0, Claudia Pena 1 0-0 2, Casey Griggs 0 0-1 0. Totals 25 6-16 59.

ST. MARY’S ACADEMY (3-8, 0-4)

Lauren Carroll 0 0-0 0, Rachel Leo 1 0-0 3, Emily Tobler 1 0-0 2, Maddie Bredehoeft 0 0-0 0, Dre Gentry 0 0-0 0, Emma Selner 4 0-1 9, Mickey Ma 2 0-0 4, Erin Flynn 4 2-4 10, Marley Bredehoeft 0 0-0 0, Journey Simmons 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 2-5 28.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family 15 10 24 10 — 59

St. Mary’s Academy 7 2 8 11 — 28

3-point field goals — Holy Family (3): L. Chavez 2, K. Chavez; St. Mary’s Academy (2): Leo, Selner. Total fouls — Holy Family 11; St. Mary’s Academy 14.