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Boys basketball: Frederick ends losing streak to Holy Family

Warriors’ upswing continues after 11-point win

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    FREDERICK — Holy Family's Garrett Green drives the lane as part of his 30-point performance in a loss to Frederick Saturday

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    FREDERICK — Frederick's Joe Cartelli drives the lane against Holy Family's Dominic Nellis in the Warriors' eventual win Saturday

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    FREDERICK — Frederick's Jacob Green throws a no-look pass in the Warriors' eventual win Saturday

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    FREDERICK — Holy Family's Garrett Green and Frederick's Jacob Green look on in the Warriors' eventual win Saturday

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FREDERICK — Frederick coach Enoch Miller and his team finally got to embrace the end of a losing streak to Holy Family Saturday afternoon.

This program’s upswing apparently still has legs.

“We definitely, as (Denver Broncos president of football operations) John Elway said on Sunday, ‘bounced off the bottom’,” expressed Miller, whose team had one win two seasons ago. “And I think we’re headed up. A 1-22 season, however it shakes out, that’s the bottom. And that was tough. It was tough on our staff, tough on our kids. But these are the same kids that were on that team. It shows a lot of heart.”

Joe Cartelli scored 16 and Jacob Green added 13 as Frederick beat Holy Family 65-54, marking the first time the Warriors trumped the Tigers since the Broomfield power joined the Tri-Valley League in 2014.

The closest Frederick had previously come to beating Holy Family in league play was in a 57-55 loss in January 2016. Eight of the other nine in a losing span that dated back to at least Jan. 6, 2015 came by double digits.

Snapping that, “feels really good to be honest with you,” Miller said. “When you’re playing Holy Family, you’re playing the name, you’re playing tradition. When I was in the Northern League at Niwot, that was Longmont. You were playing Longmont’s tradition. And it’s hard to get over that hump.”

But they did.

Garrett Green scored a career-high 30 points to keep the Tigers within reach and Blake Hammond added 14. But eventually, there wasn’t enough scoring elsewhere to stick with the quick-strike offense of the Warriors.

“This Holy Family team is solid,” Miller said. “They beat No. (9) in the state, Centaurus, right before the break. And then they were right there with (preseason No. 10) Pueblo West. This team is legit.”

Frederick (6-1, 1-0) built an eight-point lead in the third thanks to a quick nine points in the first 4:25 of the quarter from Cartelli. But Holy Family (3-3, 0-1) closed the deficit to one in the opening seconds of the fourth.

In the final minutes, the Warriors needed a 10-1 run to pull away for good. Leading the way late, Davis Richard scored all six of his points in the final frame. Alex Sturn added all five of his points.

“People have really slept on us the past couple years, the past year for sure,” said Green, Frederick’s football/basketball star. “From 1-22 to 11-13, and now hopefully we can reach our goals. I think this team can do more than people expect.”

Added Cartelli: “We don’t really look at rankings and stuff, but we see we only get like one vote for top 10. That just gives us more motivation.”

Frederick visits Berthoud Tuesday, while Holy Family is at Fort Morgan.