Girls basketball: Holy Family earns seventh Great 8 trip in eight seasons

BROOMFIELD — Ron Rossi told his team after Friday night’s first round win over Estes Park to be ready, because you never know when it is going to be your night.

On Saturday afternoon, with a trip to the 3A state finals at the Air Force Academy on the line, the Tigers needed their depth when the whistles dictated that they had too.

Charly Clements, Alex Jaros, Olivia Quinn and Sylvi Pomerinke all played critical roles when their numbers were called on Saturday against Cedaredge. The Tigers will return to the Great 8 for the seventh time in eight years after beating the Bruins 62-43 in the final of the Charlotte Jorgensen Region.

“Trying to get to the Eight is always scary,” Rossi said, “because that other team is out there and they are trying their best and they know if they can win that they are part of the party.”

Top-seeded Holy Family (23-1) will head to Clune Arena next Thursday to take on No. 9 Eaton, which handled Bennett 83-49, at a time to be announced by the Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday. Holy Family beat Eaton 54-33 on January 3.

Katie Chavez picked up her third foul midway through the second quarter and Clements came in and ran the offense flawlessly. The sophomore is not the same type of scorer as Chavez, but her smooth ball-handling skills gave Rossi the satisfaction of knowing she wasn’t going to turn the ball over.

“It’s kind of like an actor in a Broadway play,” said Rossi, who was emotional about the Tigers last run in the 3A tournament before going to 4A next season. “We always talk about being ready when your moment comes and they did tonight.”

With the No. 17-seeded Bruins still hanging around late in the third, Pomerinke hit two clutch free throws and had a put-back lay-in that turned an 11-point lead into a 49-34 lead going to the fourth.

Eight different Tigers scored, lead by Claudia Pena’s 14 points. Despite the foul trouble, Katie Chavez still finished with 13 points, including two huge 3-pointers to start the third quarter. Lindsey Chavez and Maggie Spitzer each finished with 12 points.

“There were moments out there that reminded me of my sophomore year and the Florence game,” said Pena, referring to the 2012 Sweet 16 debacle that ended the Tigers’ streak of four straight state. “I was nervous about that, but I think getting out of regionals settles us down.

“I think we will be just fine and I think we will peak.”

Kendall McHugh was the only player in double figures for Cedaredge, finishing with 10 points. Eight of those came in the fourth quarter.

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Holy Family 62, Cedaredge 43

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Nellie Freeman 1 2-4 4, Sierra McHugh 0 0-0 0, Hannah Gilmore 0 0-0 0, Becca Deal 2 0-0 4, Kendall McHugh 4 0-1 10, Alyssa Isaman 2 1-2 5, Mackenzie Kehmeier 1 3-6 5, Bree Gutierrz 1 0-0 3, Katie Ohern 1 0-0 2, Kristin Gardner 1 2-2 4, Dakota Baldozier 3 0-0 6. Totals 16 8-15 43.


Katie Chavez 2 7-8 13, Lindsey Chavez 4 2-4 12, Charly Clements 0 1-2 1, Jessica Talamantes 0 0-0 0, Alex Jaros 0 0-0 0, Jalyn Hall 2 0-0 4, Olivia Quinn 0 2-4 2, Megan McGillin 0 0-0 0, Sylvi Pomerinke 1 2-2 4, Maggie Spitzer 3 6-6 12, RaeAnne Torres 0 0-0 0, Claudia Pena 4 6-7 14. Totals 16 26-33 62.

Score by quarters:

Cedaredge 3 16 14 10 — 43

Hoy Family 12 15 22 13 — 62

3-point field goals — Cedaredge (3): K. McHugh 2, Gutierrez; Holy Family (4): K. Chavez 2, L. Chavez 2. Total fouls — Cedaredge 22; Holy Family 16. Fouled out — Kehmeier.