Holy Family captures crown after comeback
Tigers win sixth championship in seven seasons
When the Holy Family girl’s basketball team get themselves in a little bit of trouble, they always know how to find their way out.
Trailing the undefeated Pagosa Springs at halftime 23-15 in the championship game of the 3A Girls Basketball State Tournament March 15 at Air Force Academy’s Clune Arena, the Tigers regrouped making a comeback in the third quarter, eventually winning their sixth championship in seven seasons.
“It feels crazy,” senior guard Lindsey Chavez said. “We’re just part of one big tradition and we’re glad to keep it going. We couldn’t have gone this far without our team, our coaches and our fans.”
The free throw line was where Holy Family scored most of their points in the third quarter, a place the Tigers struggled with the night before in the semifinal game against Lamar.
The Tigers (26-1) took advantage of the Pagosa Springs (26-1) fouling them, hitting 10 of 13 points from the charity stripe, including four points from senior Claudia Pena and three points from junior Maggie Spitzer.
With the score tied at 31 points a piece, Chavez hit a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter to take back the lead, for the first time since the first quarter, at 34-31.
“It was a rush,” Chavez said of the comeback. “We knew that we just had to play our game and work hard and not give up. We relied on each other and that’s really what pulled us through.”
The Tigers kept the advantage the rest of the way, winning their second consecutive state title 52-45. Chavez has experienced the championship two other times with the Tigers, but this one felt a little more special.
“It’s with a different group of girls,” Chavez said. “We worked hard for this. We knew what was coming so we had experience under our belts and we just wanted to win it for everyone.”
The Tigers also defeated Lamar 54-45 in semifinals and Eaton 52-30 in quarterfinals of the tournament. They ended the season undefeated in league, 9-0, and 26-1 overall.
Along with Chavez, who will be attending Carleton College for cross-country, Holy Family also loses Pena, Olivia Quinn and Sylvi Pomerinkle to graduation.