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Williams, Raiders breeze by Panthers
by Nathan Shoup
Jan 15, 2014 | 1060 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Gabby Williams (in white) pushes the pace in the first half of the Raiders' 66-24 home win over North Valleys on Tuesday. Williams finished with a season-high 35 points.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Gabby Williams (in white) pushes the pace in the first half of the Raiders' 66-24 home win over North Valleys on Tuesday. Williams finished with a season-high 35 points.
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It started ugly early and only got worse – for North Valleys. For Reed, it was a masterpiece.

The Reed girls basketball team, no, Gabby Williams, went ballistic Tuesday night at home against North Valleys and coasted to a 66-24 win.

Reed extended its win streak to nine games and improved to 9-1, 5-1 in league games. North Valleys fell to 6-8, 2-4 in league games.

Playing in front of her future head coach, the University of Connecticut and women's college basketball legend, Geno Auriemma, Williams scored 19 of her game-high 35 points in the first quarter alone as the Raiders took a 24-9 lead into the second quarter.

Said Williams of her season-high scoring performance: “I scored 35? Finally.”

With the outcome of the game never in question, the future UConn Husky sat for a large portion of the second quarter and the entirety of the fourth. Even then, Reed coach Sara Ramirez said she left her star in longer than she typically would have.

“Yeah (I left her in), and she wanted to leave herself in,” Ramirez said. “I was like ‘you need to take a break’ and she kept saying ‘I’m fine, I’m fine…’ Then when the score was up I said ‘let’s not push it, I think you’ve showed off what you have.’”

Reed led the Panthers 50-17 at the half before Brooke Cervantes’ three-ball early in the third quarter put Reed up 57-17 and enforced the running-clock rule. Cervantes finished with seven points.

Tyler Sumpter was the only Raider to join Williams in double digits, finishing with 12 points. The senior sniper also played sparingly in the rout.

Elaine Johnson led the Panthers with eight points, six of which came in the first eight minutes.

The convincing win allowed Ramirez to give her bench valuable varsity minutes and she liked what she saw.

“My bench comes in and plays just as intense as my first string, that’s the key,” Ramirez said. “Right now I’m trying to get their confidence up so when the big games do come, they’re not like ‘I haven’t played any minutes, I don’t know what to do.’

"That’s why you always see me up there still coaching and making sure they’re playing hard.”

The Raiders will undoubtedly draw a test Friday when they play at Bishop Manogue (10-2, 4-0 overall). The Miners are ranked No. 5 in the state on Maxpreps. The Raiders are ranked No. 7.

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