Girls Basketball Goes 3-0 for the Week


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Holy Family Varsity Girls Basketball vs Rockford: Grace Conroy ’19 (30)


The date was February 2nd. Grace Conroy was sprinting down the court when all of a sudden her season was over. The injury? Torn ACL. She would miss the rest of the 2017-18 basketball season. Now, over 9 months after her injury she returned to the court. She had this to say when asked about her return: “It felt so good being back with the teammates and being able to play with them again. It felt like I was home”.

The Fire had their first home game of the season against section opponent Breck (0-0) Tuesday night. Heading into the game Holy Family looked to bounce back after losing their first two games of the season on a last second shot against Hill-Murray and against the top ranked team in 3A, DeLaSalle.

The Fire gained a big lead early in the game and never looked back. The team shared the ball well with a total of 22 assists. Senior Captain Leigh Steiner finished as the top scorer of the game with 15. Fellow Senior Captain Julia Geurs and Junior Allie Jansen each contributed 11 as well. Holy Family would go on to win big 75-21 for the first win of the season.


Just two nights after their previous game; Holy Family played Rockford (1-0) who were looking for revenge after loosing to the Fire in the second round of sections last season. Once again on their home court, Holy Family looked to continue the momentum from Tuesday. The game was very close in the first half with each team playing solid defense not letting a big lead develop for either team. The Fire would enter half time with a slight lead 22-18.

The second half is where Holy Family really took over the game as they absolutely shut down Rockford’s scoring, only allowing 12 points in the half. Holy Family scored 23 in the second to win the game 45-30. Leigh Steiner would once again lead the scoring for The Fire with 16 points, a season high. Junior Grace Elander chipped in 8 as well for the second win in three days.


In the midst of a snowstorm, The Fire played Providence Academy (1-2) looking to continue the win streak and secure their first away win. Providence Academy, led by Maggie Murphy (17 Points), came out of the gates quick, getting an early lead. Holy Family’s press would get them back into the game and give them the lead as they forced consecutive turnovers resulting in a big run for the Fire. By halftime the Fire had gained a 34-21 lead. The second half saw Providence go on a few runs to try and get back into the game, but the Fire answered each run with a run of their own.

Leigh Steiner would end up with 15 points, the fourth time in five games scoring at least 15. Other contributors included Julia Geurs (8), Junior Abby Fink (8) and Allie Jansen (8). The final score was Holy Family 57 Providence Academy 46.

Steiner had this to say about the week: “We are really starting to come together as a team and discover each other’s strengths and how we can use those for the teams best interest. Watertown will be a big game and we will need everyone to keep contributing like they have. Another big key will be for us to continue the high pressure defense and push the ball in transition. Overall this 3-0 week will hopefully give us the momentum to become the best we can be.” The Fire, now 3-2, look to continue the win streak against Watertown-Mayer at Holy Family on Tuesday.