BROOMFIELD — With each squad moving up a classification this season, it was easy to wonder if the girls basketball rivalry between Broomfield and Holy Family might witness a corresponding increase in intensity.
Perhaps in time that will prove to be the case. For the time being, however, it seems the Broomfield Eagles are playing in a class all their own.
The Eagles took care of yet another ranked opponent by making quick work of Holy Family Saturday afternoon, scoring the 15 of the first 17 points of the game and never looking back in a 75-40 win.
The victory was the third in the row for Broomfield against its cross-town rival and gives the Eagles a 3-2 edge in the series since the rivalry was renewed during the 2010-11 season.
“In the five years since we started playing, that’s the best Broomfield team that we’ve played,” Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said. “They’ve just got so many weapons. Inside-outside. They play well together. They defend. They shoot. And they press, too, which makes it difficult also.
“We didn’t play our best, but they’re the reason why we didn’t play our best.”
Holy Family (11-3) simply was outmatched in this one. Having already posted wins against three teams currently ranked in the top 10 of the Class 5A media poll — No. 3 Highlands Ranch, No. 6 Horizon, and No. 7 Denver East, in addition to unofficial No. 11 Ralston Valley — the second-ranked Eagles forced six Holy Family turnovers in the first quarter before going 5 for 5 from 3-point range in the second while sprinting to a 44-18 halftime lead.
In a sign of just how completely it wasn’t Holy Family’s day, the Tigers managed to put together a mini-flurry late in the second quarter that could have made the halftime margin more reasonable, but Broomfield’s Brenna Chase squashed that notion by draining a half-court 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
Colorado State-bound senior Callie Kaiser connected on three 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 25 points for Broomfield, while Chase shook off a slow start to finish with 13.
Chase also turned in a stellar defensive effort against Holy Family leading scorer Katie Chavez. The junior entered the contest averaging 16.3 points a game and put up 23 against the Eagles last year. Chase, however, helped limit Chavez to just a lone field goal and four points.
After knocking off Horizon earlier in the week, the Eagles will face another daunting week in the days ahead with a Tuesday home date against Fairview followed by a top-five showdown at No. 4 Monarch on Thursday. The next night, Broomfield hosts a solid Fossil Ridge team.
“What is nice is this whole group plays so well together,” Broomfield coach Mike Croell said. “Obviously offensively this group has a lot of firepower, but defense was the name of the game. To hold the Chavez girl to one bucket, that’s huge because last year she clobbered us. Tonight it was like we didn’t let her breathe out there.
“I told them to enjoy this one until some time (Sunday). We’re not worried about Monarch. We’re not worried about Fossil Ridge. You start doing that, and Fairview will sneak up on you.”
Maggie Spitzer paced Holy Family with 15 points and senior Jalyn Hall hit 5 of 7 shots to finish with 10 points. The Tigers, ranked third in 4A, will look to rebound from what ultimately was a meaningless nonconference loss in order to maintain their position ahead of Windsor and Mead in the Tri-Valley League race. The only undefeated team in league play, Holy Family plays at Windsor Tuesday night.
“We’ve lost to three top-10 teams in 5A, and that’s going to help us,” said Rossi, whose club also faced 5A No. 1 ThunderRidge and Denver East in the first week of the season. “We’re going to learn from it. We’re done with this one. Our goal is to just get better so we can make the state tournament. This was just a bump in the road.”
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Broomfield 75, Holy Family 40
At Holy Family HS
Maddie Kern 3 3-4 9, Nicole Lehrer 5 0-0 10, Brenna Chase 5 0-0 13, Callie Kaiser 9 4-6 25, Brenna Fankell 5 1-1 11, Fallyn Reed 0 0-0 0, Delaynie Byrne 1 2-2 5, Taylor Gilmore 0 0-0 0, Linnie Malkin 0 2-2 2, Abby Croell 0 0-0 0, Katie Stirling 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 12-15 75.
HOLY FAMILY (11-3)
Leah Schwartz 0 0-0 0, Katie Chavez 1 2-2 4, Jalyn Hall 5 0-0 10, Megan McGillin 0 0-0 0, Maggie Spitzer 5 4-5 15, Casey Griggs 2 1-2 6, Julia Giltner 1 2-3 4, Natalie Gardon 0 0-0 0, BreAnne Torres 0 1-2 1, RaeAnne Torres 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 10-14 40.
Score by quarters:
Broomfield 21 23 17 14 — 75
Holy Family 7 11 12 10 — 40
3-point field goals — Broomfield (7): Chase 3, Kaiser 3, Byrne; Holy Family (2): Spitzer, Griggs. Total fouls — Broomfield 16, Holy Family 14.