Before Hannah Carr got rolling, Kendra Frieden and Courtney Griggs did more than hold down the fort for The Classical Academy on Tuesday.
Frieden scored a career-high 13 points and Griggs posted a double-double, as TCA held off Manitou Springs to become the 3A Tri-Peaks West's only unbeaten league team with a 47-36 victory.
In the first half, Griggs scored eight of her 10 points and grabbed seven of her game-high 13 rebounds. Frieden scored seven points in the third quarter, ending the period with a 3-pointer to put TCA (9-1, 4-0) up 32-22.
"Hannah is our star player," Frieden said. "So when she's a little off it's definitely important that we keep it up."
After a quick bucket by Carr early in the fourth - her first field goal since the first quarter - the Mustangs (7-4, 3-1) rattled off eight points in less than two minutes to cut the gap to 34-30.
But Carr was just warming up. The senior, who averages a double-double, scored six consecutive points to push the Titans' lead back to 10 and put the game out of reach.
"It's so nice to have guards like that to where, when I'm cold, I can just give it to them," said Carr, who scored 11 of her game-high 16 points in the fourth. "I know it's in good hands and they're going to score. It's a nice safety net when I can't do anything."
Frieden wasn't the only one on the TCA bench to reach a milestone. Assistant coach Bill Wolfe, sitting in for coach Kasey Lucero, notched his first career varsity victory.
"We got brought back down to reality on Saturday up at Peak to Peak," Wolfe said about the Titans' first loss. "Sometimes when you're 8-0 you think it comes easy."
Lucero didn't miss much. At home on the eve of being induced for the birth of her first child, she was getting plenty of play-by-play.
"Oh, they're texting her every play out there," Wolfe said. "She's probably more aware of the stats than I am."
On the other end, Mustangs coach Jon Asp was visibly frustrated.
"That's a good team," Asp said. "But I think we're a better basketball team, we just didn't come out tonight. From the minute we stepped on the floor defensively, we didn't do the things we needed to do as a team defensively to stop them."
Asp wasn't pleased with the offense either. The Mustangs turned the ball over 12 times, shot 4 for 14 from the free-throw line and finished 14 of 36 from the field.
"Offensively, we shot awful," Asp said.
"I think we just have to slow down, and I think we're a really good team but we have to learn to work together more and focus," said Angala Jensen, whose second consecutive steal put her on the line with a chance to cut the TCA lead to two in the fourth.
But the sophomore missed both free throws and Carr put the game away.
"We weren't finishing our shots," Jensen said. "... I didn't finish any of my free throws, and we're not that kind of team."
Jensen finished with six points and eight rebounds.
Shelby Megyeri led the Mustangs with 11 points. But the freshman, who entered the game averaging 16.3 points, didn't hit her second field goal until the fourth quarter.
Brooke Garretson added nine points for the Mustangs.