LONGMONT — Riley Gilbert of Mead had the kind of shot on Tuesday night you almost don't want to have in a tie basketball game with just 13 seconds left in regulation.

In what had been a tightly contested game the whole way through against Skyline, the second such close meeting of the season, Gilbert caught a pass with her back to the basket, turned and looked only to see an ocean of wood floor in front of her, and no Falcons in sight.

It was one of those times that proves a shock to the system in the middle of the action, but her 8-foot drive and layup ended up being the difference in the Mavericks' 41-39 home Tri-Valley League win.

Mead improved to 15-4 on the season and won its fifth in a row by beating a determined Skyline team whose only real undoing was a few consecutive turnovers in the final 1:43 of the contest.

"Yeah, I was a little surprised for sure, and it's one of those that you say to yourself, 'are you going to make it?'" said Gilbert, a junior who had seven points and has played well while Mead has been without injured senior Anna Veltien.

The last time the teams played, Mead (9-2 TVL) squeaked out a 43-42 win at Skyline (6-13, 2-9) and in that one the Falcons led by four points going into the fourth quarter.


Tuesday, the Falcons bounced ahead 33-31 with 5:20 to go and led 39-35 with 1:54 left. But after Anna Maher hit a pair of free throws at 1:50 to make it 39-37, Mead ramped up the pressure on defense and Skyline had five turnovers without managing a shot attempt the rest of the way. The Falcons still were playing good defense, but a short jumper from Abbey Glynn with 48 seconds left tied it up at 39-39 before Gilbert got her opportunity on a dump in from the perimeter.

Veltien, who averages 10.8 points and almost six rebounds per game, has missed the past three games. Gilbert said the chemistry of the team has kept them playing well in tight contests.

Maher led the team with 16 points, but the Mavericks spread the ball well with five players hitting at least two field goals.

"We've just been good at working for what we need to achieve for the next game," Gilbert said. "We have a lot of team dinners and that has helped us become a great team and a strong team, and I think that helps us out ... when you get frustrated being behind but pull each other together and work as a team again."

Skyline stayed in the game thanks to its ability to rebound on the offensive glass. Senior Kylie Earhart had 10 points with some putbacks a part of that, and Aly McKrola added 11 points in the loss.

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Mead 41, Skyline 39

At Mead HS

SKYLINE (6-13, 2-9)

McKrola 3 3-5 11, Pitts 1 0-0 2, Schendel 2 1-3 5, Earhart 4 2-2 10, Powers 3 3-3 9, Emmanuel 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-13 39.

MEAD (15-4, 9-2)

Gilbert 3 1-2 7, Maher 5 2-5 16, O'Dell 2 0-2 4, Levine 3 2-4 8, Glynn 2 2-6 6. Totals 15 7-19 41.

Score by quarters:



3-point field goals — Skyline (2): McKrola 2; Mead (4): Maher 4. Fouled out — Schendel.