FREDERICK -- They went from leading by 10 to trailing by nine and had an offense that was stuck in neutral. Something had to change for the Frederick Warriors.
Did it ever.
The FHS girls basketball team went with a full-court press, and a dormant offense got a spark from defense. The Warriors used that spark to finish Tuesday's game on a 16-4 run and beat the Mead Mavericks 41-38.
"I wasn't sure how successful we'd be with full-court pressure. It's worked for us a few times this year and it's devastated us other times," Frederick coach Roger Dufour said. "At that point, down nine, we were kind of desperate so let's give it a shot."
It worked wonders in the Tri-Valley League matchup. The Warriors (6-3, 1-1) were down 34-25 when they implemented the press. Alex Dufour got a steal and a layup, Makenzie Urban had three of her seven steals, and tied the game at 35 with a short jumper with 3:20 left.
Suddenly a team that managed just seven points in a stretch of more than 21 minutes scored 10 in 2:31.
"We were doing the same press we were doing early but the intensity was there," Urban said.
The Mavericks, who had climbed out of an 18-8 deficit in the first half to go up by nine, just couldn't adjust to the press.
"We panicked," Mead coach Mike Ward said. "They throw a little 1-2-1-1 press on us and we panicked. They became the aggressor and we became passive. Desperate teams tend to play harder."
Still, the Mavericks were in it. They tied it at 38 on a free throw by Samantha Kalivas with 1:26 left before Jordan Sleeth hit a free throw a second later to give Frederick the lead again.
The Mavericks (5-5, 1-1) got the ball back with time running out, and after a timeout missed a jumper with 11.7 seconds left. Shyanna Neu hit two free throws to seal the win
"We just couldn't control ourselves, we just didn't play smart and we just kept turning the ball over," Mead senior Kasey McKrola said. "It (stinks)."
It was a big win for the Warriors, who were coming off a tough loss to Windsor on Saturday.
"Mead is one of the top three teams in the league if they play to their potential," Roger Dufour said. "To pull this off it's going to be a great confidence boost."
Frederick 41, Mead 38
At Frederick HS
MEAD (5-5, 1-1)
Hanlon 3 2-3 9, Lozinksi 4 1-3 9, McKrola 3 1-2 7, Majerus 1 3-6 5, Martinez 2 0-0 4, Kalivas 0 2-4 2, Ward 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-18 38.
FREDERICK (6-3, 1-1)
Urban 4 3-4 11, Dufour 3 3-3 10, Neu 1 6-10 7, Worley 3 1-2 7, Sleeth 1 1-6 4, Reid 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 14-25 41.
Score by quarters:
Mead 8 7 16 7 -- 38
Frederick 16 4 3 18 -- 41
3-point field goals -- Mead (1): Hanlon; Frederick (1): Dufour. Total fouls -- Mead 22, Frederick 19. Fouled out -- Majerus, McKrola. Technical fouls -- None.