Longmont’s Sydney Wetterstrom is covered by Mead’s Anna Vetien in the third quarter Friday night at Longmont High School.
Longmont's Sydney Wetterstrom is covered by Mead's Anna Vetien in the third quarter Friday night at Longmont High School. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT — The first game of the year is always a bit of crap-shoot.

Longmont coach Mike Knaus knows he has a good team, but seeing in practice and believing what the preseason prognosticators tell you is one thing, actually doing it on the floor and bringing it to fruition is quite another.

The Trojans, who started the season ranked No. 4 in the Class 4A AP Media poll had their struggles on the offensive end of the court, but played a fantastic defensive game in beating Mead 47-30 on Friday night.

"We've been working hard since Day 1 on our pressure defense," said Knaus, whose team will travel to Fort Collins to play in a tournament next week. "We were a little sloppy with fouls and we need to move our feet better and get our hands up.

"But I liked our intensity throughout the entire game."

From the opening tap, which went right from Sydney Wetterstrom to a streaking Madi Gaibler for the first points of the year just three second into the game, Longmont had the young Mavericks on their heels.

Mead, which came in fresh off what some would call a bit of a surprising opening night win at Silver Creek, had trouble hanging on to the ball against the swarming Trojans defense. The Mavericks turned the ball over 20 times in the first half and went to the break down 24-7.

"Especially when you turn it over above the free-throw line, they are going to get easy baskets," Mead coach Mike Ward said. "And that killed us and then our confidence went down and that led to more turnovers. Luckily they missed a few layups, or it could have been a lot worse."


The Longmont duo of Wetterstrom and Gaibler each had 16 points and were a force on the defensive end. Wetterstrom controlled the boards and Gaibler finished with 11 steals.

"Madi gave us a lot of energy out there," said Knaus of his University of Colorado-Colorado Springs bound star. "She just hounded them and that set the tone for us."

Bella Brown, Shaylee Jelinek and Bailee Irwin each had five points to lead the Mavericks, who will also be in Fort Collins next week.

Jon Yunt: yuntj@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/JonEYunt


At Longmont

MEAD (1-1)

Bella Brown 1 3-9 5, Nicole Hanann 1 1-4 3, Kayla Stephenson 0 2-2 2, Anna Maher 0 0-0 0, Cami Kamigaki 1 0-0 2, Shaylee Jelinek 2 0-0 5, Anna Vetien 1 0-0 2, Sophie Smith 1 0-0 2, Bailee Irwin 2 1-4 5, Abby Cowley 1 2-2 4. Totals 10 9-21 30.


Sarah Nichols 2 0-0 4, Sam Wiley 0 1-2 1, Emma Carney 1 0-0 2, Shannon Kindelspire 0 0-2 0, Sydney Fixmer 0 0-0 0, Sam Larson 1 0-0 2, Sydney Wetterstrom 6 4-4 16, Madi Gaibler 7 2-4 16, Hali Walters 0 1-2 1, Kennedy Sheetz 2 1-2 5. Totals 19 9-16 47.

Score by quarters:

Mead 5 2 7 16 — 30

Longmont 16 8 16 7 — 47

3-point field goals — Mead (1): Jelinek; Longmont (0); None. Total fouls — Mead 14; Longmont 23.