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ERIE — With one parent living in Mead and the other in Erie, Taryn Lee had the choice of which high school to attend.

That choice, made four years ago, figuratively was staring her in the face Friday night.

Lee, now a senior, chose Erie and was facing many of her childhood friends in the season-opener for both teams. Well, she can feel good about her decision — and perhaps even better about her performance — after the Tigers’ 56-48 non-league home win.

As Erie begins the post-Dallas Rohrbaugh era, Lee got off to a splendid start with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

“I went to school in Mead from kindergarten through eight grade, so it’s kind of like a rivalry to me because so many people said I should have stayed,” Lee said. “The game was tough because I wanted to say ‘Hey, good job’ to some of them, but then I remembered they are on the other team.”

Erie (1-0) rocketed to an early double-digit lead then gave it all back with Lee and others in foul trouble. Mead knotted it up 42-all on an inside basket by Allison Majerus with just under 5 minutes remaining, but Erie countered with a fast-break layup by sophomore Serena Gudino.

Soon, Erie’s starters re-entered and the Tigers never again trailed.

“It’s just a matter of getting this group used to functioning as a team,” Erie first-year coach Noel Potter said. “They’ve run it differently, and I’m a new coach with a new system and a new defensive system. Mostly, they’ve got to learn that Dallas is no longer here and get used to it.”

Rohrbaugh was a longtime star for Tigers, who led them to an 18-6 record last season before graduating. Now, new faces such as Lee and Broomfield move-in transfer Monica McGinness must make the headlines.

McGinness chipped in 10 rebounds — the Tigers had a plus-10 advantage on the glass — and just missed a double-double with nine points.

“We had a lot of turnovers and we could have had some smarter passes, but I think we’re growing,” McGinness said. “We’re working, and I’m sure we’ll get our mojo after awhile.”

Erie also received 11 points from guard Amanda Ochoa before she fouled out in the fourth.

Mead (0-1) was led by Kasey McKrola’s 11 points and all 10 Mavericks scored.

“I don’t know if it was the first-game jitters, but we just didn’t do the little things in the first half,” Mavericks coach Michael Ward said. “In the second half, we started taking care of the ball, making the extra pass and getting easy buckets.”

Ultimately, it was too much of the Mavericks’ old friend, Lee.

“We kind of let her do whatever she wanted to do,” Ward said. “We didn’t box her out and she’s a strong girl, so she’s going to win that battle every time.”

Erie 56, Mead 48

At Erie HS

MEAD (0-1)

Martinez 1 1-2 3, A. Majerus 3 0-0 6, Shea 1 4-6 6, K. Majerus 2 1-2 5, McKrola 3 5-8 11, Kalivas 0 3-4 3, Reeves 1 0-0 2, Hanlon 2 1-2 5, Daly 1 3-6 5, Sheffield 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 18-30 48.

ERIE (1-0)

Ochoa 3 5-9 11, McGinnis 4 1-2 9, Hulet 3 0-0 7, Lee 7 4-6 18, Zeier 1 0-0 2, Ellis 1 0-0 2, Han. Gallagher 0 4-4 4, Kudrna 0 1-2 1, Bauchert 0 0-0 0, Hal. Gallagher 0 0-0 0, Gudino 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 15-23 56.

Score by quarters:

Mead 5 18 7 17 — 56

Erie 15 17 11 14 — 48

3-point field goals — Mead (0). Erie (1): Hulet. Total fouls — Mead 25, Erie 24. Fouled out — K. Majerus, Ochoa. Technical fouls –None.