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Holy Family guard Lindsey Chavez attacks the basket during the Tigers' Metro League win against Peak to Peak.
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Holy Family guard Lindsey Chavez attacks the basket during the Tigers’ Metro League win against Peak to Peak.

BROOMFIELD — Sometimes, a team can concentrate so intensely on not getting overhyped for a key contest that the opposite effect occurs.

That appeared to be the case for the Holy Family girls basketball team Friday night, when the Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the AP media poll, welcomed fourth-ranked Peak to Peak into their gym. But all it took to get the Tigers back on track was a quick timeout, featuring a one-sided conversation from coach Ron Rossi.

Holy Family quickly captured its groove and cruised to a 70-42 win in the Class 3A Metro League game, led by 19 points from sophomore guard Katie Chavez and 16 from senior sister and back-court mate Lindsey.

“The intensity of the game was not there,” said Rossi, quick to stop play when the Tigers fell behind 4-0. “Our kids were not intense, and we discussed that the game is going to be intense, so we have to pick up our intensity level.”

Message received.

Holy Family (13-1, 5-0) reeled off the next 14 points. And although Peak to Peak (10-3, 3-1) trailed by only two points after the first quarter, the Tigers started the second with a 9-0 run and pulled away from there.

“It was a good wakeup call for us,” said Katie Chavez, who converted three of the Tigers’ nine 3-pointers. “It just gave us a spark. It was definitely a great experience for us. It’ll add on to our journey and we’ll learn from this.”

Other than their foul-shooting woes, Peak to Peak wasn’t playing poorly. But the Pumas found themselves trailing by 16 at the half. Holy Family simply exploited every misstep, no matter how minor, and had bevies of shooters in the corners and in the post that could finish.

Maggie Spitzer added 13 for Holy Family, including eight in the first quarter as the Tigers were beginning to find their groove.

“They were lights out tonight,” Peak to Peak coach Chad Rathbun said. “I don’t know what the Chavezes shot, but it was probably 80 percent. When Holy Family gets on a roll, there isn’t anyone who can hang with them.

“We hung with them for the first quarter, then they got on a roll and turnovers killed us.”

Michaela Wildbacher led the Pumas with 14 points and Annette Warner, playing only her third game this season, added eight points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. Guard Katharine Kia entered with a scoring average above 16 but was held to six.

“It was a really good defensive game today by our kids,” Rossi said. “We knew they had three good scorers and we wanted to make sure all three didn’t get off the mark.”

Lindsey Chavez added six steals as the Tigers swarmed passing lanes and prevented the Pumas from exhibiting their usual, crisp ball movement. Alex Jaros added 11 points off the bench for the Tigers, while freshman Casey Griggs scored her initial varsity points with a late 3-pointer.

The Tigers have won four of the past five 3A titles, but aren’t yet eyeing another. At least not publicly.

“We want to live in the present,” Katie Chavez said. “If we live in the present, we can do amazing things.”

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Holy Family 70, Peak to Peak 42

At Holy Family HS

PEAK TO PEAK (10-3, 3-1)

Wetmore 1 0-0 2, Kia 3 0-3 6, Warner 4 0-3 8, Wildbacher 6 1-5 14, Martinez 0 0-0 0, McClure 0 1-2 1, Hazzard 0 1-2 1, Howard 3 1-2 9, Carter 0 0-0 0, Hilty 0 1-2 1, Anderson 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 5-19 42. .

HOLY FAMILY (13-1, 5-0)

K. Chavez 6 4-6 19, L. Chavez 6 2-2 16, McGillin 1 0-0 2, Spitzer 6 1-2 13, Pena 0 1-2 1, Clements 0 0-0 0, Talamantes 0 0-0 0, Jaros 4 1-3 11, Hall 1 0-1 3, Quinn 0 0-0 0, Pomerinke 1 0-0 2, Griggs 1 0-0 3. Totals 26 9-16 70.

Score by quarters:

Peak to Peak 16 9 9 8 — 42

Holy Family 18 23 11 18 — 70

3-point field goals — Peak to Peak (3): Howard 2, Wildbacher; Holy Family (9): K. Chavez 3, L. Chavez 2, Jaros 2, Hall, Griggs. Total fouls — Peak to Peak 13, Holy Family 17.



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