Erie’s Katie Huonder takes a shot over Nicole Hamann during a game against Mead on Tuesday at Mead High School. Go to for more photos.
Erie's Katie Huonder takes a shot over Nicole Hamann during a game against Mead on Tuesday at Mead High School. Go to for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

LONGMONT — Reaching 16 points for the fifth time in the past seven games for the Mead girls basketball team, junior Anna Veltien is seeing her confidence skyrocket when she takes a jump shot.

Along with that, the Mavericks have continued to surge as a team and Tuesday's 49-36 home win over Erie gave them just a little insight as to how much they've improved over an eight-game stretch in the Tri-Valley League.

That run includes a win against league contender Windsor and six other victories, and although they haven't won every game by as much as they did Tuesday, they have found a nice rhythm offensively overall.

"I think this year we're trying to focus on getting everybody open to be able to get their shots, and when we do swing the ball it's going good," said Veltien, who made 7 of 14 shots to tie a career high 19 points in the win over the Tigers. "I think when we beat Windsor a few weeks ago we really felt good about that. We had a reality check against Holy Family, but got back to having good practices so that we could continue to win."

Holy Family and Windsor are the only teams ahead of Mead after MHS improved to 7-2 in league and got back at Erie for a 48-45 loss on Jan. 6 at EHS.

The past eight games, Veltien has been the team's leading scorer in most of them and she is shooting exactly 50 percent from the floor (42-for-84). On Tuesday, she also made all five of her free throws in the second quarter as Mead took a commanding 29-12 lead.


The baseline 10-footer is where she thrived, although she did work the paint area quite a bit against the Tigers (8-10, 3-6).

"I'm not trying to score but when I get open shots, I guess I'm not afraid to take them," Veltien said. "When we start our offense I do kind of start or go to the same place, so I guess I'm comfortable there."

The Mavericks did get some solid team scoring, with four other players pitching in at least six points. Abbey Glynn had nine rebounds, and Abby Cowley had eight points and five rebounds.

For Erie, the frustrations continued as it dropped its sixth straight game. The Tigers had three players lead the team with eight points apiece but made just 3 of 16 field goal attempts in the first half to dig itself a huge hole.

The Tigers will try and end their skid Friday at Roosevelt.

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Mead 49, Erie 36

At Mead HS

ERIE (8-10, 3-6)

Harrell 0 2-2 2, Patterson 3 2-2 8, Huonder 1 2-2 4, Phillips 0 0-0 0, Farineau 0 3-4 3, Berringer 3 0-0 8, Green 3 2-4 8, Hoback 0 0-0 0, Giampietro 1 0-0 2, Humble 0 0-0 0, Kia 0 1-2 1. Totals 11 12-16 36.

MEAD (10-8, 7-2)

Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Hamann 2 1-4 6, Stephenson 0 0-0 0, Maher 2 3-4 8, Kamigaki 1 0-1 2, Levine 0 0-1 0, Veltien 7 5-5 19, Glynn 1 4-4 6, O'Dell 0 0-0 0, Cowley 3 1-2 8, Jacquet 0 0-0 0, Gilbert 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 14 21 49.

Score by quarters:

Erie 7 5 10 14 — 36

Mead 15 14 11 9 — 49

3-point field goals — Erie (2): Berringer; Mead(3): Hamann, Maher, Cowley.