By T.J. Cotterill
If defense wins championships, then there is a lot to say about the top-ranked Mead High School girls, who put the clamps on Skyline in a 53-33 victory against Skyline in the 4A quarterfinals Thursday.
Mead’s defense held the Spartans to 14.7 percent shooting (5 of 34) in the first half. The Panthers led 22-3 after the first quarter. And Skyline’s Colorado-bound Haley Smith? She was held to six points (2-of-15 shooting)
“We contested shots and that was our goal: No uncontested shots,” said Mead coach Quantae Anderson. “We did a really good job of contesting almost everything tonight.”
Skyline didn’t score its 20th point until Lacey Nicholson’s buzzer beater at the end of the third-quarter buzzer. Rachel Shim led the Spartans with 16 points.
Ashlyn Lewey led Mead (23-1) with 14 points and Jade Redmon, a News Tribune first-team all-state player, added 12 points and eight rebounds.