Horizon women, Holy Family teams advance in state playoffs

Mens and Womens basketball playoff continuing

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 2/27/19

As five other teams in Holy Family (men’s and ladies), Horizon (men’s and ladies) and Legacy ladies took the floor last week; three left victorious: Holy Family (both groups) and Horizon live to …

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Horizon women, Holy Family teams advance in state playoffs

Mens and Womens basketball playoff continuing

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As five other teams in Holy Family (men’s and ladies), Horizon (men’s and ladies) and Legacy ladies took the floor last week; three left victorious: Holy Family (both groups) and Horizon live to fight another day.

As respective No. 2 and four seeds with first-round byes, Holy Family’s girls and boys cruised to second-round victories.

The Lady Tigers (19-5, 15-1 in conference) continued their winning streak, stretching the impressive run to 12 games. Behind 16, 12 and 11 points from senior Amanda Ward and sophomores Genevieve Gudino, Alyssa Wells apiece, the home team sailed to a 61-26 victory over (No. 34 seed) Glenwood Springs (14-11).

For the men, much of the same, as the Tigers (20-4, 14-2 in conference) won their 8th game in their last nine tries. In an impressive defensive display, HF held visiting No. 29 seed Northfield to just 39 points in the 18-point win.

Up next for Holy Family, the men will play at home against No. 13 Lincoln (18-6) Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. while the ladies will also host against (15) The Classical Academy (18-6) Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Advancing also, Horizon ladies basketball kept things rolling with their 9th straight win Feb. 22 against (26) Far Northeast (17-8) in the second round of the state tournament. After receiving the opening round bye with their No. 7 seed, the Lady Hawks didn’t show any rust with a 27-point first quarter against the overwhelmed Lady Warriors. With a 79-36 smacking, four players, all seniors, scored in double-digits. Alyssa Jimenez (19), Arielle Wisne (16), Caleese Ramirez (15) and Samantha Deem (12) left their mark on this contest as they all season for the 20-4 (11-4 in conference) squad. Wisne, Deem and Jimenez also rounded-out their fantastic 2019 playoff debuts with 13,13 and 12 rebounds apiece.

Hoping to ride their momentum, Horizon will travel to the Denver Coliseum to take on No. 10 seed Ralston Valley (18-6) Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.

Lastly, Horizon men’s (16-9, 8-4 in conference) and Legacy ladies’ basketball (13-12, 9-3 in conference) found themselves eliminated after their solid seasons, in the second round.

Winning their postseason opener Feb. 20, the Hawks (No. 29) hosted and defeated No. 36 seed Bear Creek, 63-49. A dominant fourth quarter, outscoring BC 24-12 clinched the win for Horizon, who trailed throughout most of the game. Three nights later, Overland (4) trailed the Hawks by three after a quarter, but outscoring the road team the final three quarters, the Trailblazers escaped with the 66-53 win; ending Horizon’s season.

The Lady Lighting (25) hosted No. 40 seed Castle View, winning 47-40 behind juniors Ariana Ahadi and Halle Mackiewicz’s 17 and 16 points. Jumping out to a 19-7 first-quarter lead, Legacy never turned back. Unfortunately, three nights later on Feb. 22 at No. 8 Windsor (20-4), the Lady Wizards proved too much for Legacy, running away with a 56-38 victory. Windsor’s 1-2 punch of seniors Hollie Hoffman (22 points) and Karly Mathern (17 points) recorded 70 percent of the group’s points.

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