Kat Townley drained 14 points and Ava Erhart hit for 9, but it wasn't enough to spur Cedarcrest on to victory and Meadowdale snapped the Red Wolves seven-game win streak, 41-33 Tuesday.
"I was very happy with our team’s effort in the game. Meadowdale is a top-ranked 3A school and we had the lead by two points going into the fourth quarter," Coach Brad Knowles said. "We had a game plan and the girls were executing it perfectly, but in the fourth quarter our shooting went cold and Meadowdale’s shooting heated up and that was the difference in the game."
Things got off to a precarious start for the home team as Townley was whistled for two fouls midway through the first quarter and had to ride the pine for a little more than four minutes.
Trailing 12-6, Knowles brought Townley back in the game at the start of the second quarter and she helped ignite an 11-3 run that put the Red Wolves up top 17-15 at the break.
Both teams were cold to start the second half action. Erhart and Townley hit two buckets each five minutes into the third quarter and Cedarcrest stretched its lead to 27-18.
The Mavericks caught fire and ran off a 10-3 run of their own capped off by a long-distance trey at the buzzer to close the gap to 30-28 Red Wolves.
Meadowdale hit the first bucket of the fourth quarter. The Red Wolves then missed their next three shots and the momentum took a big swing in the Mavericks favor.
A Meadowdale basket with just over four minutes to play gave the visitors their first lead, 31-30, since early in the first quarter. An 8-1 run by the Mavericks over the last two-and-a-half minutes iced the game and handed the Red Wolves their first loss since Dec. 27.
"For us to play as well as we did against a very good team in an upper classification proves to us that we can play with any team," Knowles said. "We’re looking forward to every new game and the post-season."
Cedarcrest, now at 4-3 in conference play, hits the road to Archbishop Murphy Friday to match up with the 6-1 Wildcats.