BROOMFIELD — You can rest assured Holy Family coach Ron Rossi is keeping track.

At the height of the Broomfield/Holy Family girls basketball rivalry earlier this decade, it was a back and forth affair and wins on the other team court were hard to come by.

That’s why Saturday night’s 58-30 for Rossi’s 4A Tigers at Broomfield was extra special. Not only was a huge win against a quality 5A opponent, but it also evened up the series with the Eagles.

“It was important to show that we were just as good as that 5A team,” said Tigers junior point guard Kaitlyn McKenzie, who led all scorers with 11 points. “It was time for us to get a win at their place.”

Fifth-ranked Holy Family run its December record to 6-1 overall and will close out the month next Thursday and Friday against No. 8 Pueblo South and No. 1 Pueblo West respectively.

The Tigers were good from the get-go, applying their patented full-court press to Eagles — who turned the ball over seven times in the opening eight minutes — and jumped to a 21-8 lead.

Holy Family hit its first three shot attempts, all 3-pointers and two of which came from the sweet stroke of McKenzie.

“It was nice to come in here and take care of business,” she said.

The Tigers defensively keyed on junior Steph Peterson and frustrated the Eagles guard, knowing that she was the catalyst for a majority of what Broomfield liked to do.

“”She’s really good and she’s a lefty,” McKenzie said. “So our game plan was to just shut her down and the rest would take care of itself.”

Broomfield (2-5) kept things respectable going to the fourth quarter, but didn’t have enough in the tank to mount any sort of rally in the fourth — scoring just one point in the final eight minutes.

The Eagles, who will host a pair of Jefferson County league teams next week — including No. 3 Ralston Valley on Tuesday night — were led by Peterson’s 10 points.

Rossi, Mckenzie and Holy Family will try and continue the momentum and will have the luxury of playing on their home floor against two of the Steel City’s finest.

“We are ready to go,” McKenzie said. “We have another No. 1 seed that we would like to knock off and Pueblo South is another good team that we have to worry about first.”

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At Broomfield


Kaitlyn McKenzie 4 1-2 11, Genavieve Gudino 2 2-5 6, Gabby Thomas 2 0-0 5, Dylan Sanders 0 0-0 0, Izzy Hren 2 1-2 5, Paige Giltner 2 3-4 9, Noelle Gardon 0 0-0 0, Ashley Ward 0 0-0 0, Amanda Ward 3 2-3 9, DiAndra Romero 1 0-0 2, Cecelia Aanerud 1 1-2 3, Cydney Pittenger 3 2-2 8, Erin Winters 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 12-20 58.


Steph Peterson 3 2-3 10, Ellie Keeler 0 0-0 0, Courtney Wristen 1 0-0 2, Nikki Antonopolous 1 1-2 4, Vanessa Kort 1 0-0 2, Lydia Putsch 0 0-0 0, Jessica Hoffman 1 0-0 2, Jaylene Young 1 0-0 3, Annemarie Abeyta 2 0-0 4, Brooke Pennington 1 1-2 3, Jenna Burgesser 0 0-2 0, Olivia Belton 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 4-9 30.

Score by quarters:

Holy Family2191315—58


3-point field goals — Holy Family (6): Mckenzie 2, Giltner 2, Thomas, Amanda Ward; Broomfield (4): Peterson 2, Antonopolous, Young. Total fouls — Holy Family 12; Broomfield 15.