LONGMONT — How you respond to any sort of adversity, especially when the games carry a little more weight in February, will go a long way.
Just ask the Mead Mavericks.
On Tuesday they nearly watched a huge halftime lead disappear at Erie, only to hang on for a two point victory over the Tigers.
On Friday night — minus a regular starter in Anna Veltien (who was nursing an injury) — the Mavericks went for a sweep of Frederick and the Warriors didn't make it easy on them.
Frederick rallied from a 35-25 deficit entering the fourth quarter, took the lead with 2:15 to go, but couldn't close the deal. And for the second straight game, the Mavs escaped, this time with a 41-36 victory on their home floor.
"We just need to execute better. We play really well in the first half and toward the end, we just sort of lose it," said Mead junior Abbey Glynn, who finished with a team-high 12 points. "We need to finish and push through to the end and not give up at the half thinking that we have it."
Frederick (9-10 overall, 2-8 in the Tri-Valley League) opened the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run to take its first lead since the first quarter. Shea Chavez, Tori Dufour and Mylie Tarnowski led the Warriors rally and it was Tarnowski's 3-pointer that put the Warriors in the lead in front a turned out to be a capacity filled gym.
But it would be the last time Frederick would score.
Mead had just one field goal in the fourth quarter and it was huge. Glynn knocked down a short jumper that put her team back in the lead and allowed the Mavs to slow thing down on the offensive end in the final minutes and get the ball in the capable hands of Anna Maher.
"This is going to be good for the playoffs, especially against tougher opponents," Glynn said. "When the games are close, we'll know how to push through it."
Maher, who finished with just seven point (all at the line), hit four of five free throws down the stretch to pad the lead.
Still Frederick got one last chance down 39-36 to tie the game. But on the in bounds pass, trying to get it to Tori Dufour, their sharp-shooting guard, the Warriors turned the ball over and all but ended the game.
Aspen Dufour led all scorers, pouring in 14 points for the Warriors.
MEAD 41, FREDERICK 36
FREDERICK (9-10, 2-8)
E. Hurtado 0 0-0 0, DeSantis 0 1-2 1, A. Dufour 5 4-8 14, Teller 0 0-0 0, Tarnowski 1 1-2 4, Hemelstrand 0 1-2 1, Chavez 4 0-0 8, T. Dufour 3 0-3 8, H. Hurtado 0 0-0 0, Putallaz 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 7-17 36.
MEAD (14-4, 8-2)
Hernandez 1 0-0 3, Martinez 1 0-0 3, A. Maher 0 7-9 7, Choksey 0 1-2 1, Levine 2 0-0 4, Gilbert 2 0-0 4, Glynn 4 4-5 12, O'Dell 3 1-2 7, Romero 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 13-18 41.
Score by quarters:Frederick941211—36
3-point field goals — Frederick (3): T. Dufour 2, Tarnowski; Mead (2): Hernandez, Martinez. Total fouls — Frederick 19; Mead 18. Fouled out — Tarnowski. .