Mead capitalized on a zone defense the second half to reverse its fortunes and upset home-standing Shadle Park 59-56 in a makeup Greater Spokane League boys basketball game Monday night.
The Highlanders (12-2) rode Anthony Brown’s 11 first-half points to a 36-25 advantage. But Mead (7-7) didn’t allow Shadle’s leading scorer to get another point after intermission in ending the Highlanders’ eight-game winning streak and knocking them out of a tie with Gonzaga Prep for first place.
Ryane LaForte led Mead with 15 points and Grant Fink added 13, all in the second half. Robby Douglas hit four 3-pointers in his team-leading 16 points for Shadle. Matt Barnes finished with 14, struggling against Mead’s zone after scoring eight points in the first quarter. Shadle missed the front end of two one-and-one free throw opportunities in the final two minutes.
North Star League: Merlin Weaselhead scored 18 points to lead three Knights in double figures as Lakeside (2-2, 4-9) won 59-49 at Clark Fork. Chase Chowning and Jared Broggi scored 16 apiece for Clark Fork (1-4, 2-10), which led 24-20 at halftime before a 7-point third quarter doomed the Cats.
Mead made hay while Shadle Park’s defense rested and pulled out a 55-44 win in a makeup Greater Spokane League game at Shadle to break a second-place tie.
Utilizing an aggressive half-court trapping defense in the first and fourth quarters, Shadle had a 29-24 advantage. But in the middle two periods when it wasn’t pressing, Mead (12-2) outscored the Highlanders (11-3) 31-15. Jazmine Redmon led Mead with 25 points, 18 in the middle two periods.
Non-league: Kayla Elliott scored 10 points to lead a balanced attack as Mullan (4-12 overall) beat the visiting Superior, Mont., junior varsity 37-24. … Cassie Thompson scored 22 points and seven teammates contributed as Timberlake (10-5) scored a 55-38 win over visiting Potlatch, which got 26 points from Jamie Haddock. Only two other Loggers scored.
Brandon Wiley of Idaho is the Western Athletic Conference player of the week after leading the Vandals past New Mexico State 67-57.
The junior had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, four blocked shots and a team-high seven rebounds as Idaho snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Aggies.
Idaho sophomore Yinka Olorunnife is the Western Athletic Conference player of the week for the first time in her career.
As Idaho split two games last week, Olorunnife had her second and third consecutive double-doubles, averaging 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
•Portland State forward Kelli Valentine, a sophomore from Mead, shared Big Sky Conference player of the week after collecting 14 points and nine rebounds in a 66-55 win at Eastern Washington.
Track and field
Idaho’s Matt Wauters and Mykael Bothum have been recognized by the Western Athletic Conference as the men’s and women’s field athletes of the week.
Bothum won the shot put at the WSU Open with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 51 feet, 71/4 inches.
Wauters hit 65-41/2 in the weight throw at the WSU Open, also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.