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    Frederick's Nathan Washington gets a shot off over a trio of defenders Friday night at Holy Family.

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BROOMFIELD – After playing Holy Family to a two-point game earlier this month, the Frederick boys basketball team had every intention of going into the Tigers gym and finishing the job Friday night.

The Tigers had other ideas.

Holy Family erupted early, scoring 25 straight points in one stretch en route to a convincing 65-26 win in the Class 4A Tri-Valley League rematch.

“We just came out with a lot of focus,” Tigers guard Joe Golter said. “We’re a better team than what we showed before. We wanted to show them how much we’ve improved and I think we did tonight.”

No argument there. The Tigers (11-5, 7-1) blitzed the visiting Warriors 19-2 in the first quarter, and their 25-0 run pushed the advantage to 28-2. Frederick (4-13, 2-6) endured more than a nine-minute scoring drought through that spell and finished the contest 0-for-19 from 3-point range.

“We came out thinking we were going to get a ‘W’, but then we just didn’t bring the same intensity when we got out there,” Frederick junior Nathan Washington said. “I felt like we left them a little bit too open at times, but they were hitting everything too.”

The Tigers drilled 10 3-pointers, including eight in the first half. That was a pronounced difference from a 57-55 win at Frederick on Jan. 5, when things didn’t fall nearly as regularly. In this one, senior guard Andy Nelson led the way with four 3s en route to a team-best 16 points.

Golter (14 points), Tanner Price and reserve Michael Zeman splashed through two apiece from distance.

“We’ve had some tough games in the past few weeks that we’ve really grown from,” said Nelson, partly referring to recent losses to Broomfield and Windsor. “We’ve come a long way as a team in that regard.”

The Tigers limted Frederick leading scorer Chelton LeBon to three points, which coach Pete Villecco said was a primary focus after LeBon kept the Warriors afloat last time.

“We’ve made progress,” Villecco said. “We have a young team and they’re working their tails off.”

The Tigers, of course, are playing without projected all-stater Chris Helbig, who endured a knee injury during football season and is shelved for the year. It has been an adjustment, both for the players and the coaching staff.

“It was a bummer that he went down, but it posed an opportunity for some people to step up,” Golter said.

That has been happening, and Friday served as a prime example. Frederick saw it all too well.

“When you can’t get anything going offensively, things spiral,” Frederick coach Enoch Miller said. “Then they hit eight 3 in the first half. Some nights you’re just on fire. They had some guys that shoot very poor percentages during the season make tons of shots.”


Holy Family 65, Frederick 26

At Holy Family

FREDERICK (4-13, 2-6)

C. LeBon 1 1-2 3, Nichols 2 0-2 4, Washington 0 5-8 5, Campos 1 2-2 4, Bessler 2 2-3 6, Plack 0 0-0 0, Elkins 0 0-0 0, Chohon 0 0-0 0, Buffington 1 0-0 2, Rawson 0 2-3 2. Totals 7 12-20 26.

HOLY FAMILY (11-5, 7-1)

Golter 6 0-0 14, Nelson 5 2-2 16, Price 3 0-0 8, K. Helbig 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 1-2 1, Hill 0 0-0 0, Marty 2 1-2 5, Horning 2 1-2 5, Wolfe 0 1-2 1, Zeman 3 2-2 10, Baird 2 1-2 5, Hunter 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 9-14 65..

Score by quarters:



Holy Family


3-point field goals — Frederick (0); Holy Family (10): Nelson 4, Golter 2, Price 2, Zeman 2. Total fouls — Frederick 10, Holy Family 19. Fouled out — Miller.

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