FREDERICK — Tyler Whitlock and Alyssa Wells both had career days as Holy Family began league play with a resounding win on Saturday afternoon.
Whitlock had a career-high 20 points and Wells added a best mark of 16 as the Tigers sailed past Frederick 58-27 in the 5A/4A Tri-Valley League opener.
Whitlock, the team’s 5-foot-11, inside-out threat, scored her team’s first 10 points and rarely missed as part of her dazzling scoring performance that included four 3s.
Wells, who hit two others from deep, nailed a 3 in the waning seconds of the third quarter to eclipse her previous career best of 14 points, which she set in the opening game of the year.
“We definitely didn’t start out as well as we should have, but we picked it up,” said Wells, one of eight players who returned from last year’s semifinals run. “The second half, we really picked it up. We have good teammates who get open and had good passes to each other.”
As part of a two-way attack, the Tigers (3-4, 1-0) were defensively smothering, and, outside the first few minutes, offensively sound in their first game since the winter break layover.
Whitlock caught a pass atop the perimeter and hit her seventh straight point in the opening minutes. On the next possession, she shuffled back to the same spot and hit again.
The Tigers pushed their lead to double digits early in the second and then moved the advantage into the 20s by the third. Coach Ron Rossi’s group has still yet to lose to Frederick since at least 2014 when it joined the Tri-Valley League.
“I’m always afraid the first game back,” said Rossi, whose team came off a 2-4 start after a brutal nonconference schedule. “You can do as much as you want in practice but it’s not live. You do live things, but it’s not the same. It takes awhile to get back in the flow of things.”
Megan Majeres hit two of her team’s three 3s and ended up with eight points for Frederick (3-4, 0-1), which continues to build after needing to replace all five starters this season. Kenna Tarnowski also had eight.
The Warriors found some success offensively in the first half but allowed the Tigers seven points in the final 46 seconds to fall back 34-20. They scored just seven after the break.
Holy Family will travel to Fort Morgan Tuesday, while Frederick is at Berthoud.