Holy Family holding out at State

Holy Family girls advance to Sweet 16; rest of North Metro teams fall in first two rounds

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 3/4/20

As 11 North Metro teams found themselves in the state tournament for basketball this season, just the No. 7 seeded Holy Family ladies move on to the Sweet 16 after an opening-round bye and a 62-26 …

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Holy Family holding out at State

Holy Family girls advance to Sweet 16; rest of North Metro teams fall in first two rounds

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As 11 North Metro teams found themselves in the state tournament for basketball this season, just the No. 7 seeded Holy Family ladies move on to the Sweet 16 after an opening-round bye and a 62-26 victory over No. 26 Northridge.

For the Lady Tigers (18-6) Feb. 28, outscoring the Lady Grizzlies by a 54-16 margin in the first three quarters, HF never faltered in their first matchup of the postseason. Led by a quality mix of youth and experience, Holy Family looks to continue their fantastic season at home March 3 against No. 10 Air Academy.

Also, in 4A girls, Skyview advanced to the second round after their 11th straight victory against No. 46 seed Coronado, 39-36. However, shut-down defense from No. 14 Durango three nights later ended the season for the 20-5 Lady Wolverines. With just three seniors on the roster in Jordan Gonzales, Aylin Novelo, and Casandra Olivas, the trio leaves the program and coach Christopher Kemm in good hands in the 4A/3A Colorado 8 Conference heading to next year.

As five 5A North Metro squads also found their way into the postseason, first-round exits for Mountain Range, Legacy, and Westminster doesn’t showcase the improvements made throughout the 2019-2020 campaign.

No. 40 seed, Westy couldn’t contain the high-powered attack of No. 25 Windsor - as they scored 20 or more points in each quarter to claim the 86-59 victory. Sophomore Marina Boltz and junior Lauren Graves Bonilla tallied 16 points apiece. Four seniors in Anisa Jaramillo, Jada Parsons, Teylynn Peterson, and Valerie Gallegos vacate the program, leaving it in good hands for coach Jeff Dennis moving forward.

No. 28 Mountain Range couldn’t surpass No. 37, Brighton, after a 28-point fourth quarter in which the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Mustangs, 28-15. First-year head coach Alejandro Jimenez-Lopez will lose four seniors in Ashleigh Hinds, Miliani Alvarado, Lillian West, and Reis Lay as the Lady Mustangs continue to make gallops in progression.

The Lady Lightning (No. 38 seed) ended their quality campaign on a sour note last Tuesday as No. 27 Chatfield separated themselves in the second half - holding Legacy to 15 points. In her final contest, senior Halle Mackiewicz tallied a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds.

Winning their first playoff contest 51-39, the Lady Trojans of Thornton were led by senior Shamahra Henderson and junior Monique Delatorre’s 20 and 11 points, respectively. Going to the fourth trailing 34-33, a dominant 18-5 run by Thornton earned the home team the opportunity to move to Round No. 2. But against conference foe, Vista Peak, a relentless second-half performance from the Lady Bison in which they outscored the road team 40-19, spaced out the margin of victory to 66-46 - despite Thornton playing very well in the first half. Coach Khari Wallace will have a lot to replace in Henderson not being around next season. Still, a 20-5 (10-1 in conference) record and momentum swelling towards the future, the Lady Trojans can hang their heads high on their wonderful year.

On the boy’s side, Holy Family advanced as a No. 37 seed, 56-46, thanks to a career-high, 35-point effort from senior Garrett Green against No. 28, Summit. Three nights later, against a talented Northfield squad (No. 5 seed, 19-5 record), the Tigers put up quite the fight before eventually falling to the Nighthawks, 69-60. Ending the season with a 10-15 mark, the Tigers youth will only grow from this season as coach Peter Villecco says goodbye to a special group of seniors in Dominic Nellis, Cole Greany, Andrew Campbell, Jacob Van Handel, Leo Nelson, and Green.

Legacy boys basketball (No. 45 seed) traveled to No. 20 Legend Feb. 26 as the Titans claimed their 15th win of the year over the Lightning. Leading the team in scoring, juniors Tyson Spradling, Macully Sehr, and Gavin Poxson tallied 16, 11, and 10 apiece. Coach Connor Clay returns a lot next season, but the impact of his four seniors in Teagen Mortensen, Wyatt Eames, Chase Esplin, and Eli Barrow will be missed.

Lastly, Horizon fell in the second round to the hands of George Washington, 80-60, following the Hawks’ first-round bye. The No. 14 seed never found a flow after the opening quarter against the No. 19 seeded Patriots, who outscored the home team 66-42 during the final three frames. As the sophomore-heavy roster only touched the surface of their potential this year, the next few seasons could be spectacular for coach Chad Wilson and the Hawks. Helping build a winning culture that will move forward, seniors Daric Conkright, Dylan Knabb, Joel Gollihare, and Zach Marx have laid the foundation for the excitement surrounding this program heading into the future.

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