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Girls basketball: Mead picks up much-needed victory against Skyline

  • Mead's Riley Gilbert puts up a mid-range shot on Tuesday...

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    Mead's Riley Gilbert puts up a mid-range shot on Tuesday night at Skyline High School.

  • Skyline's Aly McKrola goes above her defender to put up...

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    Skyline's Aly McKrola goes above her defender to put up a shot during Tuesday night's home game against Mead — a Tri-Valley League game the Mavericks would eventually win 52-46.



LONGMONT — Boy, did the Mead girls basketball team ever play like it needed a win at Skyline High School on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks (4-5, 1-2) pulled ahead early and won 52-46 over a Skyline squad that had fared well enough over the first several weeks of the season to nearly crack the latest top 10 rankings for Class 4A when they were released on Monday. The win was the Mavericks’ first since beginning their Tri-Valley League schedule and first since the Falcons defeated Frederick exactly one month prior on Dec. 8.

“They’re a great team and they’re well-coached so we came out with fire because we really needed a win,” Mavericks sophomore Mary Maher said. “We were on a losing streak and we just lost to Windsor, another really good and well-coached team. We really needed to win and we’re glad we got one tonight.”

The Mavericks led by as many as 17 points in the first half and held a 30-17 lead at halftime. The Falcons, who entered the game as the eighth-place team in the 4A RPI standings, cut the lead to 10 points with 4 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

In the final four minutes, Skyline’s Aly McKrola sank a 3-pointer, Charlee Ned made a long 2-point jump shot and Ashayla Powers made a layup that cut the Mavericks’ lead to 48-44 with 26 seconds left. But the Mavericks made enough free throws down the stretch to hold their lead and scored a field goal in the final seconds to seal the victory.

The quality of the opponents that have beaten Skyline (5-4, 0-2) so far this season is indicative of how much the Falcons have improved since last winter. Coming into Tuesday’s game, Skyline had two losses to ranked opponents in Vista PEAK and Greeley Central, and a third against 2018 Tri-Valley League runner-up Windsor.

Skyline will play at Frederick on Thursday and Mead will host Frederick Saturday.

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Mead 52, Skyline 46

At Skyline H.S.

MEAD (4-5, 1-2)

Maher 3 0-0 6, Griebling 2 0-0 5, Martinez 0 0-2 0, Boston 1 2-3 4, Muntz 3 0-2 6, Gilbert 4 1-1 9, Glynn 5 2-4 12, O’Dell 4 2-3 10, Cloke 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 7-15 52.

SKYLINE (5-4, 0-2)

Hennessy 0 0-0 0, Neb 2 1-2 5, Pitts 3 1-2 7, Powers 5 3-4 13, McKrola 3 2-3 10, Schendel 4 3-7 11, Alviderez 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-18 46.

Score by quarters:

Mead          10 20 10 12  — 52

Skyline         6 11 12 17  — 46

3-point field goals — Mead (1): Griebling; Skyline (2): McKrola 2. Total fouls — Mead 16, Skyline 16.