NIWOT -- Fresh off a career-high scoring night against Erie last week, Mead's Kasey McKrola continued her post scoring against Niwot on Tuesday.

The six-foot senior forward scored 19 points to lead the Mavericks to a 52-19 win on the road against the Cougars. With four players taller than 5-foot-10 on the roster, the Mavericks' height and skill in the post made it easy for them to take their time and get good shots.

"I think we played really calm and confident," said McKrola, who also had five rebounds. "I think it was good that we slowed down a bit, ran our offense, looked for each other and made the extra pass."

The Mavericks came out of the locker room in a full-court press and jumped out to an early lead. The Cougars (2-3) didn't score until 5 minutes, 35 seconds into the game.

Mead’s Rylee Ward, left, shoots over Niwot’s Abbie Montgomery during the Mavericks’ blowout victory on Tuesday.
Mead's Rylee Ward, left, shoots over Niwot's Abbie Montgomery during the Mavericks' blowout victory on Tuesday. ( Greg Lindstrom )

By the end of the first quarter, the Mavericks (3-2) led 15-2 and pushed that lead up to 20 points by halftime.

The Mavericks' pressure defense led to 31 Cougars turnovers. Leading the way defensively, junior guard Marina Hanlon had five steals to go with her nine points.

"Coach just told us in the locker room to go out in a full man press," Hanlon said. "I just saw my man and I wanted to lock in on her and shut her down."

Hanlon was equally aggressive on offense, driving the lane and getting to the free-throw line, where she hit 5 of 8.

The Cougars were once again plagued by turnovers Tuesday after getting away with the miscues in a win over Denver West on Friday. Senior Juliet Pilewskie also said the Cougars hurt themselves by getting too excited and playing too quickly when they should have taken their time against the Mavericks' pressure.

"I think we hustled but we definitely could have attacked the rim and got more shots up," Pilewskie said. "We need to get better and boxing out and really wanting the ball."

Pilewskie and fellow senior Anessa Calvert led the Cougars with four points each.

The Cougars host Standley Lake (1-3) on Thursday and play at Skyline (1-2) on Saturday.

The Mavericks will travel to New Mexico for a tournament over the holiday break before returning to face Skyline on Jan. 4.

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Mead 52, Niwot 19

At Niwot HS

MEAD (3-2)

Martinez 2 0-0 5, Kalivas 0 2-2 2, Sheffield 0 0-0 0, Reeves 0 0-0 0, Maher 2 0-0 4, Hanlon 2 5-8 9, Daly 0 0-0 0, Majerus 0 0-0 0, Lozinski 2 1-2 5, Ward 3 0-0 8, McKrola 9 1-2 19. Totals 20 9-14 52.

NIWOT (2-3)

Montgomery 0 0-3 0, Henson 1 0-1 2, Yie 1 1-3 3, Sarosi 0 0-2 0, Larson 0 0-2 0, McCaffrey 0 0-0 0, Calvert 2 0-0 4, Sigg 0 0-0 0, Enriquez 0 0-0 0, Pilewskie 2 0-1 4, Dunnell 1 1-2 3, DiScipio 1 0-0 3. Totals 8 2-14 19.

Score by quarters:

Mead 15 13 17 7 -- 52

Niwot 2 6 9 2 -- 19

3-point field goals -- Mead (3): Ward 2, Martinez; Niwot (1): DiScipio. Total fouls -- Mead 14, Niwot 17. Fouled out -- Sigg. Technical fouls -- None.