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Girls basketball: Silver Creek on the way up; even in loss to Mead

Feb. 2—LONGMONT — The girls' hoops program at Silver Creek High School believes it's headed in the right direction. The blueprint for where it wants to go was up close Friday night.

The Raptors stuck around with Coaches and Media poll Class 5A No. 3 Mead into the opening minutes of the fourth quarter. But eventually the title-hungry Mavericks asserted themselves as the superior team, closing strong — something it'll need more of if it hopes to make a title run in the upcoming postseason — and winning, 56-35.

Izzy Spagnoletti led Silver Creek (8-10, 5-5 6A/5A/4A NCAC) with a game-high 14 points, which included a 7-for-7 performance from the line. Brielle Hickman had eight points, Lucy Waring six, while Avery White scored all five of hers with free throws, including a pair that got the Raptors within 10 — 39-29 — with 7:42 remaining.

Silver Creek finished 20 of 23 from the strike. Impressive, but not enough to overcome Mead, which won its 10th straight game.

"I think we're on the right trajectory," Silver Creek coach Katie Peterson said. "We're looking to play as a team. That's been our goal all season, and I think that's finally starting to click."

Behind a balanced scoring effort, the Mavericks (17-2, 10-0) kept a game lead on 4A defending champ Holy Family (16-1, 8-1) atop the NCAC standings with four games left on their regular-season slate. Mead rallied to beat the Tigers two weeks ago, and the two powers will meet again at Holy Family Feb. 9.

Wednesday, Mead is at Centaurus, while Silver Creek is home against 5A runner-up Windsor (11-7, 7-2). The Mavs and Tigers have both won at Windsor this month.

"We definitely need to just focus on the little things," Mead junior guard Darby Haley said. "Obviously, turnovers, just minimizing those. And just working hard every day."