Girls basketball: McKrola’s 25 points power Mead past Longmont

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    Mead's Kasey McKrola drives the ball next to Longmont's Sydney Wetterstrom Saturday night at Mead High School.

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    Longmont's Kathryn Schell takes a shot in the first quarter against Mead Saturday night at Mead High School.



LONGMONT — The Mead girls basketball team likes to play a strong game in the post. With a player like Kasey McKrola, that’s a sound strategy.

McKrola cut, slipped, rolled and plain old pushed her way to the basket for season-best 25 points on Saturday night to lead the Mavericks to a 54-44 home win over the Longmont Trojans.

McKrola said being part of a formidable trio of forwards, including six-foot junior Mikayla Martinez and 5-10 junior Allison Majerus, helps her immensely when it comes time to get physical against other team’s post players.

“I was just moving a lot tonight, trying get open for the assists,” said McKrola, who is averaging 14.9 points per game this season. “We’re all really strong. We push each other really hard in practice and it really makes a difference in the game.”

Joining McKrola on the attack, Martinez scored 11 points and junior guard Marina Hanlon hit a pair of big 3-pointers on her way to nine points.

Following a disappointing Tri-Valley League loss to Roosevelt on Thursday night, McKrola said the Mavericks got back on track nicely against the non-conference Trojans.

“I think we just all really clicked in that game for the first time,” McKrola said. “We came together and it was really fun. It feels really good after that loss to Roosevelt. We hustled more and played better defense and offense.”

Mavericks head coach Michael Ward said the Mavericks did a good job defending the Trojans, particularly sharp-shooting junior guards Kathryn and Anna Schell.

“Defensively, I thought we played really well tonight. For the most part, we limited them to one shot a possession,” Ward said. “Rarely did we give them second opportunities and the bottom line was Kasey was an animal in the second half.”

Kathryn Schell hit three 3-pointers and led the Trojans with 16 points, and freshman center Sydney Wetterstrom scored 11. But the Trojans couldn’t overcome the scoring pace and defensive tone McKrola was setting.

“We didn’t have an answer for her,” Knaus said. “I thought she played real intense. She was the main factor why Mead beat us. She had good support but we just couldn’t stop her.”

Knaus said he is expecting a similar challenge on Tuesday against Northern Conference and city rival Silver Creek (9-6, 3-3), which also boasts an intimidating front court that includes scoring threat Emilie Rembert.

“We need to come out with a little more fire throughout our entire lineup,” Knaus said. “We’ll really need to be ready to play.”

The Mavericks will face conference opponent Skyline (8-7, 2-5) on Tuesday.

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Mead 54, Longmont 44

At Mead HS

LONGMONT (8-5, 2-3)

Fallon 3 3-4 9, Wetterstrom 3 5-5 11, Gaibler 0 0-0 0, Cox 0 0-0 0, K. Schell 5 3-5 16, A. Schell 2 2-2 6, Tulenko 1 0-0 2, Pane 0 0-0 0, Johnson 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 13-16 44.

MEAD (9-7, 4-3)

Maher 0 1-2 1, Martinez 4 2-7 11, Daly 0 0-0 0, Hanlon 2 3-4 9, Majerus 1 2-4 4, Lozinski 1 0-0 2, Ward 0 0-0 0, McKrola 8 8-10 25, Sheffield 0 0-0 0, Kalivas 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 16-27 54.

Score by quarters:

Longmont 4 8 12 20 — 44

Mead 10 9 17 18 — 54

3-point field goals — Longmont (3): K. Schell 3; Mead (4): Hanlon 2, Martinez, McKrola. Total fouls — Longmont 22, Mead 20. Fouled out — K. Schell. Technical fouls — None.