Holy Family girls get No. 2 seed; boys are No. 3

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BROOMFIELD - The Holy Family girls basketball team are well on its way to bringing home another state title.

The Tigers, who had won four consecutive state titles before losing in Sweet 16 last season, were chosen the No. 2 overall seed in this year’s Class 3A state tournament  by Colorado High School Activities Association on Sunday.

The Tigers open the state tournament at home on Friday at 4:30 p.m. when they host 31st-seeded Sheridan (12-11 overall) in the opening round of the state tournament.

Holy Family (17-5) won the Metro League District Tournament last Saturday, when the Tigers beat Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes 59-46 in the Metro League championship game at Manual High School.

The victory helped Holy Family cap the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. The Tigers cruised through the opening two games, topping Faith Christian 60-20 and Jefferson Academy 50-24 — but Machebeuf (16-5) gave the Tigers some trouble on Saturday.

With freshman point guard Katie Chavez in foul trouble the Buffaloes took a 27-26 lead into halftime, but the Tigers responded with the help of Lindsay Chavez. The junior guard hit a trey and helped Holy Family start the second half on a 7-0 run to take control of the game.

Lindsay Chavez had a team-high 17 points and four steals, while Michela Blanchard had a game-high 13 boards.

The Chavez sisters are the Tigers leading scorers going into the state tourney, Lindsay is averaging 12.4 points while Katie is at 9.9.

If the Tigers win Friday’s game they will also host the second round, which is played on Saturday.

Centauri (19-2) is the top-seeded squad after winning in the Intermountain League Districts. The Falcons topped Pagosa Springs 35-30 in the district title game on Saturday.

The Holy Family boys are the No. 3 seed and will host Buena Vista on Friday at 6 p.m.

The Tigers came close to getting the top seed in the tournament, but lost to Kent Denver Sun Devils 45-41 on Saturday in Metro League District championship game at Manual. Holy Family finished the district tourney 2-1, beating Jefferson Academy 52-50 and Peak to Peak 52-43.

With the victory Kent Denver has the No. 1 seed and Colorado Springs Christian is the second-seed.

Holy Family opened the title game strong on defense, keeping the Sun Devils scoreless in the opening quarter. However, Kent Denver closed the game by outscoring the Tigers 17-9 in the fourth.

Devlin Granberg had a team-high 12 points, while Jarron Sprenger added eight and David Sommers chipped in seven.

Sommers is averaging a team-best 12.9 points going into the state tourney.

The Sun Devils also beat Holy Family in the regular season, 48-44 in the season finale and knocked the Tigers out of the state tournament last season in the semifinals.