Mead opened a big first-half lead, then had to hold on to thwart a rally in a 60-57 win over Shadle Park.
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By Greg Lee
Mead senior guard Brendon Myers missed his first five shots. In the end, though, he made the ones that counted the most.
Myers made four free throws in the final 26 seconds as the
visiting Panthers held off a
The Highlanders called timeout twice to try to freeze Myers on the one-and-one situations. But he had no difficulty converting.
“I’ve never made more important free throws,” Myers said.
He completed a three-point play with 2:11 remaining that gave the Panthers the lead for good at 56-55.
Trailing by as many as 15 points, the Highlanders’ final lead came 40 seconds earlier at 55-53 when Taylor Pettersen hit a baseline jumper.
Mead (8-4 overall, 6-1 league) pulled into a first-place tie based on losses with Gonzaga Prep (6-1) and Shadle (9-3, 5-1).
The Panthers used a balanced attack to stop the Highlanders. Four players finished in double-figure scoring and a fifth had nine. They were playing without starter Bo Tully, who was taking a football recruiting visit to the UNLV.
After an evenly played first quarter, Mead used a 14-5 run in the second period to open a 29-21 lead.
Shadle interrupted the run when Scott Andersen made two fouls shots with 2:12 to go before halftime. Then the Panthers closed out the quarter with a 9-2 spurt, allowing Mead to go into intermission with a 38-25 lead.
“We were probably as efficient as we’ve been all year (in the first half),” Mead coach Glenn Williams said. “I thought we played good (defense). I thought at times we had them a little unsettled.”
Part of the Highlanders’ undoing in the first half was giving up four second-chance baskets. Another problem was Shadle concentrated so hard on trying to stop Mead post Aaron Dunn that it gave the other Panthers wide-open looks.
Mead made 10 of 16 shots from the field in the second quarter, 16 of 29 for the half.
“Our team’s really good at ball movement and we get good shots off of it,” Myers said of the first-half success. “We’re good at giving up a good shot for even better shots.”
The Highlanders did a much better job of breaking Mead’s fullcourt pressure in the second half, and they just weren’t satisfied with getting through the pressure. They attacked the basket better, too.
In the fourth quarter, the Highlanders got a couple of stops, fueling a12-3 run to start the period. They pulled even at 51-51 when Andersen made two free throws with 4:51 to play.
Dunn led Mead with 14 points and Myers had 13. Taylor Farnsworth
had a game-high eight rebounds. Robby
“All I told the kids at halftime was they’re not going to shoot it like that in the second half and we’re going to peck away and have a chance to win this thing,” Gaebe said. “Then we turned it over twice in the last minute and a half. We didn’t execute, we didn’t finish.”
Gonzaga Prep 69, North Central 41: The visiting Bullpups blew the game open in the second half, outscoring the Indians 40-20.
Ryan Nicholas led G-Prep (11-1, 6-1) with 23 points and seven rebounds. Parker Kelly and Shane Schmidlkofer each had 13 points.
Isaiah Antoine led NC (6-6, 4-2) with 13 points.
Scott Simon led CV with 16 points. Ryan McIntyre led EV (2-10, 1-5) with 11.
Lewis and Clark 76, Rogers 63: Levi Taylor and Austin Ehlo combined for 42 points as the visiting Tigers (5-7, 3-4) topped the Pirates (6-6, 2-4).
Riley Stockton and Chris Wilson had 15 points apiece to lead Ferris. Hunter Hahn led the Wildcats (1-11, 0-6) with 14.