After a stretch of three straight losses, the Mead girls basketball team appears to have turned a corner.
And the Panthers didn’t let a slow start get in their way Friday.
Trailing 10-2 after the first quarter, visiting Mead charged back to defeat North Central 47-37 in Greater Spokane League action.
It was the third straight victory for the Panthers (10-6 overall, 8-6 league).
Mead senior lefty Taylor Ingebritsen, who scored the Panthers’ lone basket in the first quarter, had 16 of her team-high 18 points in the second half.
The Panthers outscored NC (10-6, 9-5) 26-10 combined in the second and third quarters.
Riley Holsinger led NC with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Teammate Tara Van Weerdhuizen had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Lewis and Clark 60, Mt. Spokane 34: The Tigers’ Devyn Galland scored the game’s first 11 points and the visiting Wildcats (6-10, 4-10) couldn’t recover.
Galland finished with a game-high 25 points and four rebounds for LC (12-4, 11-3), which moved into sole possession of second. Rachel Jones led Mt. Spokane with 10 points.
Central Valley 62, Shadle Park 44: The Bears (8-8, 7-7) are on an upward climb of their own.
The Bears outscored the visiting Highlanders (11-5, 10-4) 22-8 in the decisive third quarter.
Sydney Emory had two 3-pointers and Brooke Gallaway had eight of her game-high 18 points in the third. Emory finished with 12 points and Katie Estey had 11.
Aleisha Hathaway led Shadle with 15 points.
Gonzaga Prep 60, Rogers 34: The visiting Bullpups (14-2, 13-1) outscored the Pirates (1-15, 0-14) 29-4 in the first quarter, taking advantage of 10 turnovers.
Bullpups senior Tia Presley had 13 points, moving to fourth all time in GSL career scoring (1,463) as she jumped ahead of Emily Westerberg of CV (1,460).
Teammate Lindsay Stockton had 12 points.
Brooklyn Smith led Rogers with 17 points.
Ferris 77, University 74 (OT): Katara Belton-Sharp hit a 3-pointer and Haley Sieverding made 6 of 6 free throws as the Saxons (4-11, 3-11) topped the visiting Titans (6-10, 5-9) in overtime.
U-Hi’s Lexi Clark made a free throw with 20 seconds left to force overtime.
Sieverding led Ferris with 21 points and Belton-Sharp had 17. Cassidy Phillips had 15 to go with seven rebounds and Joz Hicks had seven assists.
Five Titans finished in double figures. Kayleigh Valley led with 18 points and Amy Thorton had 15 points and 12 rebounds.