Holy Family falls: Basketball teams end post season run

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 3/13/19

Concluding fantastic seasons for Holy Family men’s (22-5) and ladies’ basketball (21-6), the Tigers couldn’t claw their way past No. 1 seed Lewis-Palmer (27-0) and No. 14 seed Mullen (19-8) …

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Holy Family falls: Basketball teams end post season run

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Concluding fantastic seasons for Holy Family men’s (22-5) and ladies’ basketball (21-6), the Tigers couldn’t claw their way past No. 1 seed Lewis-Palmer (27-0) and No. 14 seed Mullen (19-8) respectively in the Final 4 at the Denver Coliseum.

Ladies versus Mullen

March 7 against Cinderella Story, Mullen, a 19-5 first-quarter outburst by the Lady Mustangs put HF behind the 8-ball. Shooting just 28 percent on the afternoon, the Lady Tigers never could find their normal offensive rhythm/flow as they fell, 55-33. With only one double-digit scorer, sophomore Genevieve Gudino posted 12 points and led the team with five rebounds.

Playing their last games as part of the Holy Family, family, seniors Kaitlyn McKenzie, Amanda Ward and Erin Winters left their mark on a program that has the opportunity to continue to compete at a high level the next few seasons (eight sophomores).

Winning seven in a row dating back to the regular season (winner of nine of their last 10 games also) Mullen found their stride at the right time, winning the 4A state title over Pueblo South, 63-44.

Lewis-Palmer strong

For the men of HF, their matchup against basketball powerhouse Lewis-Palmer (defeated Longmont 57-52 in state championship game) March 8 didn’t fare the way the Tigers had hoped, as an 18-8 second-quarter advantage for the Rangers proved crucial in the 70-56 victory.

With four double-digit scorers for LP, seniors Noah Baca, Joel Scott, Ethan Forrester, and Matthew Ragsdale recorded 20, 17, 13 and 13 points apiece to escape the Tigers’ attack. Making just two, three-pointers, the Rangers did their damage inside.

In their last contests as members of HF, seven seniors leave the program in good hands moving forward: Kyle Helbig, Zach Becker, Tanner Baird, Jonathon Pfenning, Eddie Bartoletti, Kenny Fernandez, and Adam Jolly. Led by the leadership of Peter Villecco, expect this program to be back in the spotlight shortly.

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