LONGMONT — When you are seeded No. 41 in a 48 team tournament, there are two things a coach can use to motivate their team — do we deserve to be that low? And we are playing with house money and with nothing to lose.
Coming off of back-to-back three win seasons, maybe the 41st-seeded Mountain View Mountain Lions were about right where they were supposed to be.
It was an opponent the Mead Mavericks, even without the services of Anna Veltien on Tuesday night, might have figured would be a nice warm-up in the first round of the Tanya Haave Region of the Class 4A tournament.
But in a game that had it's flow disrupted by a multitude of whistles, it was the visiting Mountain Lions that pulled off the first round stunner 58-56 and advances to meet No. 9 Golden in the second round on Friday.
"The resiliency of my team tonight was huge," said Mountain View coach Jason Walker, whose team improved to 13-11. "They showed a lot of character and played as a team, especially in the moments when we needed it."
A back-and-forth first half saw the Mountain Lions jump out to an early 19-8 lead only to see it disappear by halftime.
Mead (13-11), seeded No. 24, responded with a stellar defensive second quarter that translated to an 18-0 run.
The Mavericks forced eight turnovers in the second quarter and made the most of it on the other end. Nicole Hamann scored eight of her 13 points in the quarter, that saw six different Mavericks players score.
Vern Rathbun's team had all sorts of momentum going to the break.
"We felt good about it," Rathbun said. "We were short-handed tonight and in order for us to be successful, we had to shoot the ball really well.
"And in the second half, we didn't shoot the ball very well."
The Mavericks, despite the poor second-half shooting, still went to the fourth quarter with a 42-39 lead thanks to Anna Maher's 3-pointer before the buzzer.
Mountain View kept the game close and with under a minute to play were clinging to a 56-54 lead.
The Mavericks got a little good luck with 33.4 seconds to go. Lions junior Laura Lenhart stepped in the lane to early on Gabby Valland's second free throw attempt and it kept the lead at one possession, 57-54.
Hamann would hit two free throws with 25 second left to make it a 57-56 game. That was followed by back-to-back turnover and then with 7.7 second left RaLeigh Basart, who had missed three straight free throws, hit one to make it 58-56.
Mead had one last chance and on a night when there were 45 fouls called, it was fitting that a whistle would be the deciding factor. Senior Cami Kamigaki was fouled by Basart with three second left and went to the line with a chance to send the game to overtime.
She missed both and Mountain View was able to run out the clock.
""She did the best she could," Rathbun said. "And that wasn't the difference in the game. The difference was that we just didn't score enough points in the second half."
Maher scored 15, Hamann had 13 and Abby Glynn chipped in with 10. The Mavs got a boost off the bench from sophomore Bailey O'Dell in the fourth and she finished with seven points.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 58, MEAD 56
MOUNTAIN VIEW (13-11)
Kali Kelley 0 0-0 0, Peyton Duke 7 4-4 22, Makia Hodges 0 0-0 0, Madison Langman 1 0-2 2, Abby Basart 0 2-2 2, Brynne Rydbom 3 4-8 10, Gabby Valland 4 1-1 11, Laura Lenhart 1 1-2 3, RaLeigh Basart 3 1-4 7. Totals 19 13-24 58.
Nicole Hamann 4 55-6 13, Anna Maher 3 7-8 15, Cami Kamigaki 2 2-4 6, Jada Levine 0 0-0 0, Abby Glynn 3 4-6 10, Bailey O'Dell 2 3-5 7, Abby Cowley 2 0-0 5, Kelsey Jacquet 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 21-29 56.
Score by quarters:Mountain View 19 5 15 19 — 58
Mead 10 22 10 14 — 56
3-point field goals — Mountain View (7): P. Duke 4, Valland 2, R. Basart; Mead (3): Maher 2, Cowley. Total fouls — Mountain View 22, Mead 23. Fouled out — R. Basart, Maher.