Mead Raider Basketball

AREA BATTLE: Cedar Bluffs junior Alyssa Classen (left) attempts to get past Mead freshman defender Emily Hebenstreit during the a game at Cedar Bluffs High School on Dec. 18.  (Staff Photos by Jason Unger)

CEDAR BLUFFS – The Mead Raider boys and girls basketball teams each earned wins against Cedar Bluffs on Dec. 18.

Coach Jill Scanlon and the girls team played their best game of the season while earning a 61-25 win over the Wildcats.

“The girls really played hard in this game and a lot of things we’ve been working on lately came together.  Defensively, we were able to put a lot of pressure on them which led to some easy buckets.  This was a complete team win,” said Mead Coach Jill Scanlon.

The Raiders broke open a close game in the second half by outscoring the home team 36-11.

Freshman Emily Hebenstreit led the Raiders in scoring with 15 points while teammates Abby Miller and Becca Halbmaier added eight points apiece.

Hebenstreit and freshman Emily Quinn combined for nine steals against the Wildcats.

The boys team was able to hold on for a 58-49 win over the Wildcats.

Mead led 28-16 at the half and 43-29 going into the fourth quarter before hanging on for the nine-point win.

Junior JT Haag had his best game in a Raider uniform finishing with a game-high 27 points and 17 boards.

Senior Cale Tweedy and sophomore Bayley LaCroix added 10 points apiece, both season-highs.

The Raiders were forced to play without second-leading scorer Hunter Pickworth who left the game with a sprained ankle in the first quarter.

“Offensively, we got a lift from JT, Cale Tweedy and Bayley La Croix after losing Hunter.  JT scored over twice his season average, and Cale and Bayley combined for 20 points, which is nearly double what they’ve averaged this season,” said Mead Coach P.J. Quinn.

The win moved the Raider record to 4-2 on the season.

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