Friday night at the east Sparks school, they couldn’t even keep it close for a few minutes.
The Raiders jumped out to a 20-2 lead less than five minutes into the first quarter and never looked back, securing a 77-51 High Desert League triumph.
“Getting up is always nice. But more importantly, our defense was ready to play,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “When the defense is ready to play, things tend to come easy for you.”
It was a good thing Reed got off to a fast start. Reno managed to keep the home team from extending the lead in the final 12 minutes of the first half.
After Micah Walker swished back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Raiders the 20-2 edge with 3:19 to go in the first quarter, Sierra Sobrio answered with a 3-ball of her own.
A 7-2 Husky run allowed the visitors to cut the deficit to 24-12 by the end of the first quarter. That’s as close as the game got in the first half.
The Blue and Gold led by as much as 16 in the second quarter, 29-13, after Sierra Hooft knocked home a trey on the right wing. Reno closed the gap to 13 on two occasions, the last being 30-17 with 3:41 remaining before the break.
Reed looked like it would take a 16-point lead into the locker rooms when Gabby Williams hit a pull-up jumper with 8 seconds on the clock, but the Huskies pushed the ball up the floor and Shay Shaw dropped in a layup as time expired for a 34-20 halftime score.
The Raiders finally began extending their lead after the break. Walker scored on consecutive trips down the court and Hooft followed with a 3-pointer, padding the cushion to 41-20 with the 7-0 run.
“The spurts come but we don’t usually get those big leads until the end of the game,” Schopper said. “If we don’t get that 20-point lead (to start), it’s going to be neck and neck. I’m going to switch up the defense until I find something that’s going to work. Once we get into a rhythm, it’s a no-brainer.”
Still, the Huskies had some fight. Reno got to within 17 twice, 43-26 and 45-28. But there wasn’t much fight after that.
Reed tallied 12 of the last 16 points in the third quarter, taking a 57-32 lead into the final eight minutes of play.
The Raiders were not about to let off the gas against a team they hadn’t beaten since 2006, before last month’s 67-37 road victory. However, the Huskies weren’t about to let up either in the fast-paced fourth quarter. They were well on their way to outscoring the Raiders in the final period when they made it a 69-49 game.
Then the last minute happened. Reed outscored Reno 8-2 during the last minute of the game for the final 26-point gap. The Raiders won the fourth quarter by a slim 20-19 margin.
Williams led all scorers with 22 points. Walker added 16, while Joanna Phillips and Hooft both chipped in 14 apiece.
Sobrio paced the Huskies with 13 points and Shaw and Gigi Hascheff posted 10 each.
Reed (19-0, 12-0 in Northern 4A) is on the road Tuesday at Damonte Ranch. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.