The Holy Family girls basketball team were certainly on top of its defensive effort in the Class 3A regional tournament.
And, it was an effort the Tiger fans are hoping to carry over into this week’s state tournament, which will be played at Moby Arena on the CSU campus in Fort Collins.
The Tigers defeated Sheridan 66-20 in their first-round game on March 8 and then followed with a 43-28 victory against Platte Valley on March 9.
With the back-to-back wins the Tigers will carry a 19-5 record into the Great Eight.
Holy Family, which is the second seed, will open the state bracket against Trinidad on Thursday and will be making its sixth appearance in the state tournament in seven years.
The Tigers have won the state title from 2008 to 2011.
“We’re going to the party,” Holy Family coach Ron Rossi said. “We felt that a personal storm hit us last year when we lost to Florence. We just wanted to come and give it our best shot as we have a lot of kids with a lot of heart. It’s nice to get back to state.”
Neither Sheridan nor Platte Valley were able to come up with at least one quarter in which they were able to score in double-digits.
Offensively and defensively, it was a splendid weekend for the Chavez sisters, junior Lindsey and freshman Katie, as well as their teammates.
The duo combined to score 29 points against Platte Valley and 16 against Sheridan.
“We can’t wait to play at state and now we’ll just have to see how we can do,” Katie Chavez said. “We came out a bit tentative against Platte Valley, but we got the shots when it counted.”
Against Sheridan, the Tigers jumped out to a 12-2 advantage in the first quarter and extended the margin to 24-5 by halftime.
Sheridan’s season ended with a 12-11 overall record.
Monica Stokes was the only Holy Family player to reach double figures with 10 teammates scoring at least two points.
The Chavez sisters each scored nine points with three other players chipping in eight.
“We just came out with a mental bang overall, but we started slow,” said Stokes. “We just wanted to step up after that and we were strong the rest of the way. They played hard against us, but we were able to make up for our mistakes.”
The defense proved effective as the Tigers forced 32 turnovers against Sheridan. In the meantime, they only turned the ball over eight times.