Daily Camera file photo
Daily Camera file photo
Broomfield — Holy Family players broke out of their postgame meeting following Friday’s win over Mead with a league title and some celebratory cupcakes in hand.
“My team likes to eat,” Tigers coach Ron Rossi cracked.
Never could question a Rossi team’s hunger.
Alyssa Wells scored 15, Cecelia Aanerud and Dylan Sanders each added 10 points, and the Tigers closed the regular season with a 52-34 win over the Mavericks to earn a split of the 5A/4A Tri-Valley League crown.
Holy Family (17-6, 14-2) has now won at least of a share of the Tri-Valley League in each of the league’s five years in existence, and beforehand it was a constant power in the 3A/2A Metro League.
“We have a little slogan, ‘The Tradition Never Graduates’,” Rossi said. “Each group of kids wants to accomplish what the class before them did. There’s a lot of pride that has developed. The tradition is that you want your senior year and junior year to be league champs and get into state and make some happenings. You see the banners here. There’s a lot of tradition here.”
In its latest chapter, it finished the year tied atop the standings with Erie (21-2, 14-2) and Berthoud (21-2, 14-2), who also closed their seasons with wins Friday.
All three teams dropped two league games with each of them splitting a two-game series against the other. The Spartans came into the day ranked third in the RPI standings before beating Skyline. Erie was fourth, then beat Frederick, and Holy Family was eighth.
Playing each other, “I think it gets us ready for the postseason because we learn what we need to work on as a team and how to handle those situations,” Aanerud said. “For Berthoud, we lost by 20 (lost 54-37 on Feb. 11) after beating them the first time. It was a good learning lesson for us.”
Aanerud knocked down consecutive shots to open the regular-season finale as part of a 19-0 start for Holy Family. Wells later closed it with a 3 followed by a lay-in with 2:46 left in the first quarter.
Mead (11-12, 7-9), led by nine points from both Savanna Griebling and Hailee Martinez, could only get as close as 18 from there. It ended its regular season with two straight losses on the back of a four-game winning streak.
“We could have battled a little better tonight than we did,” first-year coach JR Sagner said. “We dug ourselves in a bit of a hole early. Credit to them, they came out hitting and came out with the energy and effort. They kind of smacked us in the face.”
The Mavericks, coming in ranked 26th in RPI, could be in line to host in the first round of the postseason, which starts Tuesday. In the 48-team field, 16 teams have byes while the next 16 seeds host on opening night.
“We’re young, I’m brand new to them, so there was a lot of changes,” Sagner said. “But I think they’re starting to buy into those changes. We’re taking steps in the right direction. It’s never as fast as anybody likes. But postseason, we get a chance to hopefully host the first round Tuesday night and hopefully that’ll get a little momentum going. You’re 0-0 going into the postseason.”