LAFAYETTE -- There were almost as many fouls as the winning team had points Tuesday night.

For the Mead girls basketball team, that has been a familiar, disconcerting reality in the young season.

The foul-prone Mavericks fell 51-40 against Standley Lake in the opening round of the Boulder Valley Invitational at Centaurus High School, committing 28 of the game's whopping 49 fouls.

"There wasn't much flow to it," Mead coach Michael Ward said. "When we would get a little bit of flow, then it would stop. It was just that herky-jerky type of game, and we never got into any kind of rhythm."

Senior forward Kasey McKrola scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but fouled out with 3:25 to play. Rylee Ward also fouled out for the Mavericks (0-2), who have sent their opponents to the free-throw line nearly 80 times in the opening two games.

"It's definitely one of the things we need to work on," McKrola said. "We have to move our feet a little better."

Standley Lake (1-1), led by 18 points and 10 rebounds from senior Sara Shileny, went to the line 36 times and drilled 24. Mead trimmed the 5A Gators' 11-point lead to 39-34 early in the fourth but couldn't draw any closer.

The Mavericks did themselves no favors at their own foul line, converting only seven of their 20 attempts. They know they'll have to improve on both ends of the floor as they transition from Class 3A to 4A this season.


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"I definitely think that if our defense improves we're going to be really good," McKrola said.

Mikayla Martinez joined McKrola in double figures with 10 points, and reserve Samantha Kalivas knocked down the Mavericks' lone 3-pointer late in the first half.

Ward made it clear what he'd like to see from his squad after two games.

"We have to play harder," he said. "Standley Lake just outworked us. The 50-50 ball, they probably got it 90 percent of the time tonight."

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Standley Lake 51, Mead 40

At Centaurus HS

MEAD

Martinez 4 2-5 10, Reeves 0 0-2 0, Hanlon 0 0-2 0, Majerus 1 0-0 2, McKrola 7 0-3 14, Kalivas 2 0-0 5, Maher 1 0-0 2, Day 0 2-2 2, Lozinski 1 2-2 4, Ward 0 1-4 1. Totals 16 7-20 40.

STANDLEY LAKE

Lopez 2 4-5 8, Hartman 0 1-2 1, Hodapp 0 3-6 3, Shileny 6 6-6 18, Torbet 2 7-11 11, Dunnigan 2 2-4 7, DeHerrera 1 1-2 3, Nuanes 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 24-36.

Score by quarters:

Mead 7 15 6 12 -- 40

Standley Lake 14 12 11 14 -- 51

3-point field goals -- Mead (1): Kalivas; Standley Lake (1): Dunnigan. Total fouls -- Mead 28, Standley Lake 21. Fouled out -- Ward, McKrola. Technical fouls -- None.




LEGACY 37, ERIE 30

The defending 5A champs struggled with the 4A Tigers before limiting EHS to four points in the final quarter to escape with the win.

Emiley Lopez and Mackenzie Neely splashed through two 3-pointers apiece for the Lightning (2-1), which didn't register a double-digit scorer. Legacy led 30-26 entering the fourth and clamped down to deny the Tigers (1-1) a comeback.

Erie guard Amanda Ochoa led all scorers with 14 points.

At Centaurus HS

LEGACY

Lopez 2 0-0 6, Neely 2 2-2 8, Ca. Smith 1 7-10 9, Paulson 1 4-4 6, Co. Smith 2 2-2 6, Kuyper 1 0-0 2, Gallegos 0 0-0 0, Aicega 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 15-18 37.

ERIE

Ochoa 6 1-2 14, Kudrna 1 2-3 4, Gallagher 1 0-1 2, Gudino 4 2-2 10, Zeier 0 0-2 0, Kraus 0 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 0 0-0 0, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Hearon 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 5-8 30.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 8 12 10 7 -- 37

Erie 6 11 9 4 -- 30

3-point field goals -- Legacy (4): Lopez 2, Neely 2; Erie (1): Ochoa. Total fouls -- Legacy 15, Erie 14. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.

 

 

CENTAURUS 55, HINKLEY 22

The host Warriors got 15 points from senior sharpshooter Lyndie Puckett to rout the Thunderbirds in the nightcap. Puckett exhibited her strong marksmanship with three 3s.

Centaurus (3-1), which will take on Standley Lake in the second round on Thursday, jumped to a 30-12 halftime lead and coasted from there. Ten different Warriors scored, with Anna Hubbell (10 points) also reaching double figures.

At Centaurus HS
HINKLEY
    Smith 4 2-2 10, Edmond 2 0-3 4, Diarra 2 4-7 8, Post 0 0-0 0, Stephens 0 0-0 0, Mata 0 0-0 0, Trotter 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 6-12 22.
CENTAURUS
    Puckett 6 0-0 15, Langer 2 0-0 4, Anderson 2 1-2 5, Manfredini 1 2-4 4, Harriger 2 0-0 4, Gofran 0 2-2 2, Patterson 1 1-3 3, Dondelinger 1 0-0 2, Hubbell 5 0-3 10, Esler 3 0-1 6, Brendefur 0 0-0 0, Gutierrez 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 6-15 55.
    Score by quarters:
Hinkley 4 8 6 4 — 22
Centaurus 17 13 14 11 — 55
    3-point field goals — Hinkley (0): None; Centaurus (3): Puckett 3. Total fouls — Hinkley 13, Centaurus 16. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.