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Mead subdues Skyline in a doubleheader of hoops

Mavericks girls and boys both get past Falcons

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's Trey Ward, right, celebrates after a big dunk during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Skyline High School's Hayden Robison drives to the hoop during a game against Mead on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's JP Shiers takes a shot during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Skyline High School's Austin Robison takes a shot over JP Shiers during a game against Mead on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's Trey Ward gets a big dunk during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's Trey Ward passes to a teammate during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's Jacklyn Stephenson goes for a layup during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Skyline High School's Ashayla Powers dribbles past Savannah Griebling during a game against Mead on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Mead High School's Maddox Boston gets a fast break during a game against Skyline on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Skyline High School's Charlee Neb drives to the hoop during a game against Mead on Thursday in Mead.

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    MEAD, CO - Skyline High School's Gage Robertson gets his shot blocked by Trey Ward during a game against Mead on Thursday in Mead.

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LONGMONT — The Mead boys basketball program has developed into one of the premier systems in the state of Colorado and as such, it has become quite a challenge to get a victory against the Mavericks.

When the Mead boys are on their home floor, that task becomes nearly impossible.

On Thursday night at Mead High School, the Mavericks won 73-59 over a solid Skyline team and pushed their home winning streak to 13 games while capping a doubleheader sweep. That streak now includes two playoff victories and a time period that spans longer than a calendar year.

“We’re starting to play better together and we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” Mavericks point guard Will Maher said. “Skyline is a good team but it’s fun to have a good crowd like ours and when we put a whole game together, we’re tough to beat.”

The Mavericks (8-1, 3-0) came out firing in Thursday’s crosstown Tri-Valley League rivalry contest, hitting four 3-pointers during a 21-point first quarter to lead the Falcons (5-3, 0-2) by 11 at the start of the second. At the end of a hot-shooting, high-flying first half, the Mavericks, who are now averaging 74.3 points per game, led 42-24.

Skyline cut the lead to nine with three minutes left but couldn’t pull any closer against a Mead team that had six players score seven or more points.

“That happened at Windsor, too,” Maher said. “We came out hot but good teams are going to go on runs and they’re a good team. It helps to get off to a good start and have a little bit of a cushion. They went on their run and we went on ours. We have nine guys who can score and we’re buying in to play more as a team and we hope that translates into a deep playoff run.”

Senior Trey Ward (13.1 ppg), who had a pair of spectacular dunks in the game, led the Mavericks with 20 points, Elijah Knudsen (14.6 ppg) scored 13, and Nick Jacobs (12.8 ppg) had 12. Mead lost its season opener 94-91 in overtime against Palmer but hasn’t lost a game since while remaining the No. 2-ranked team in Class 4A according to the CHSAANow.com coaches poll.

Adrian Compian (11.4 ppg) led Skyline with 16 points and Austin Robison (16.4 ppg) scored 14.

The Mead boys basketball program is now 14-1 all time against Skyline and has won 11 straight in the series. The Mavericks will continue their 2019-20 campaign with a nonleague home game against Battle Mountain on Saturday. Skyline will host Frederick on Saturday.

The Mead girls opened the evening and set up the sweep with a 62-53 victory in Game 1 of the double-dip.

The Mavericks (5-5, 1-2) pulled ahead of the Falcons (2-6, 0-2) early, outscoring the visitors 19-10 in the first quarter and maintaining roughly a 10-point lead throughout the rest of the game. Mead sophomores Maddox Boston (11.1 ppg) and Jacklyn Stephenson (10.1 ppg) each scored 14 points to pace the Mavericks.

“We have a lot of youth and we make a lot of young mistakes,” Mavericks head coach JR Sagner said. “But our young players are also really talented and the future is bright. Our girls just continue to grow up and when we keep the game simple, we can do some really good things.”

Senior Ashayla Powers (19.1 ppg) led all scorers with 27 points and helped the Falcons cut the lead to five points when she caught fire midway through the third quarter. Fellow Falcons senior Alyssa McKrola (11.1 ppg) scored 11 points.

Skyline will host Frederick on Saturday. Mead will travel to face Frederick on Tuesday.