The Raiders offense showed no ill effects from playing from its second consecutive game without Gabby Williams, the best player in the state – something it will need to carry out the rest of the season.
Williams reinjured the ACL she tore last season, on Jan. 21 in a 58-37 win at Spanish Springs. She will miss the rest of the season.
“I thought that my girls were working hard,” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “They were transitioning really well, playing some good man-to-man defense, talking, I was actually proud of them because it looked like they were finally getting in sync with each other.
“OK we don’t have Gabby (Williams). Let’s figure out what we’re doing and we looked like we knew how to play basketball. We were executing the offense, executing the defense. I like it. So hopefully we can keep rolling like that and we’ll be right there.”
In Reed’s Dec. 20, 85-45, home win over the Hawks, Tyler Sumpter scored 50 points and hit a state-record 14 3s.
She didn’t threaten her record Tuesday night but once again she torched the Hawks, finishing with a game-high 34 points and connecting on seven shots from beyond the arc.
“I think she (Sumpter) really took over the leadership role,” Ramirez said. “It’s her senior year so she’s not going to go down quietly. She’s finding a way to move without the ball. She made some great passes today. So overall I’m impressed by her stepping up.”
In a somewhat unenthusiastic start, the Raiders took a 21-10 lead into the second quarter where they built the gap to 41-20. Then it went from bad, to brutal.
The Raiders went on a 42-0 run that did not end until the 6:05 mark in the fourth quarter when Hug's Rachelle Tau hit a layup.
Tau led the Hawks with 13 points and Niaya Lewis (11 points) also found double digits.
Nearly the entire second half featured a running clock, which started two and a half minutes into the third period.
Nakiyah LeSure scored 22 points and Tina Vernon added 11 as every Reed player scored.
“All the girls went out and every time they touched the ball, they had confidence and that was a big thing. There was no hesitation,” Ramirez said.
Reed improved to 14-2, 10-2 in league meetings while Hug dropped to 7-14, 1-9 in league contests.
The Raiders play the first of their four remaining regular-season games Tuesday night at home against Damonte Ranch. Tip is at 5:15 p.m.