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BROOMFIELD — Holy Family opened defense of its state 4A girls basketball title March 9 with a 64-41 win over visiting Frederick in the first round of the state 4A playoffs.

The Tigers never trailed. The Warriors closed to within 9-6 halfway through the first quarter, but the Tigers had an answer. They scored 14 straight points from the first quarter to halfway through the second quarter to begin to pull away.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how our girls fought last night,” said FHS coach Jake Hansen.  “That Holy Family team has so much talent and is very well-coached. They have a very good chance at winning it all this year.  Our girls got down in the first half, but they were not going to give up.  They came out in the second half,  stuck with the game plan and played HF even.”  

Tigers coach Ron Rossi wasn’t available for comment.

Three Tigers hit double figures. Senior Tyler Whitlock scored 13 points. Essynce Contreras had 12 points, and Alyssa Wells had 10. Frederick’s top scorer was  Megan Majeres, who tossed in 13 points. Kenna Tarnowsky had 12, and Delaney Frank added 10. 

Holy Family won its 11th game in a row and hosts Roosevelt in the Sweet 16 at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Frederick finished the season with a mark of 7-8.