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Mead High School's Maddox Boston (No. ...
Mead High School’s Maddox Boston (No. 12) puts up a shot over Severance High School’s Natalia Puchino (No. 24) in a Class 4A Great 8 game on Friday, March 4, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

Class 4A state tournament Final Four scouting report: Mead Mavericks vs. Windsor Wizards

When and where: Denver Coliseum, Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Records: Mead (21-5); Windsor (25-0)

Notable 2021-22 wins: Mead — At Lewis-Palmer Dec. 2, 64-51; Chaparral Dec. 14, 65-62 (OT); Centaurus Jan. 18, 39-36; Severance March 4, 64-46. Windsor — At Fossil Ridge Dec. 2, 52-40; Holy Family Jan. 25, 60-31; At Mead Jan. 28, 58-46; Mead Feb. 15, 60-38.

Starting five (ppg, rpg, apg): Mead — Maddox Boston (14.2, 3.8, 1.9); Kyra Haan (11.1, 4.6, 2.5); Edie Morrow (8.8, 4.6, 1.6); Charlotte Brennan (8.2, 2.0, 2.8); Darby Haley (7.1, 3.5, 1.3)/Brooklynn Charlo (6.4, 2.3, 1.2). Windsor — Olivia Reed (12.5, 8.3, 1.2); Jolie Jiricek (10.3, 1.9, 1.8); Mykaela Moore (9.4, 2.8, 1.4); Alexis Backhaus (8.2, 3.3, 1.8); Hailee Wright (6.8, 2.3, 1.1)/Samantha Darnell (6.0, 4.6, 3.0).

Tracking the records (Playoffs past five years): Mead — 5-5 in the postseason since 2017. The Mavericks, a season after reaching the Sweet 16, won their first Great 8 game in program history to reach the Final 4. Windsor — 13-5 in the postseason since 2017. Bouncing from 4A to 5A, and back again, the Wizards have reached the Sweet 16 in five of the past six seasons. Last year, they fell to Mullen in the 4A title game.

For Mead to win: Mead coach JR Sagner laid out the plan following his team’s Great 8 win over Severance on Friday: Match the Wizards’ defensive intensity and rebound better. In the first two meetings with Windsor, Mead was outrebounded by a combined 78-33 margin. That kind of disparity must dwindle for Mead to advance.

It’s quotable: “Basketball is a long season, right,” Sagner said. “We talked to our kids regularly about peaking at the right time. This was an interesting group because we had a strip in January where we kind of went on a tear. We were scoring the ball at will and really playing well, and then we kind of dove off a little bit. Then starting with Northfield and Thompson Valley and Severance, we’re kind of peaking again. It’s fun to see.”