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Lady Raiders hold off hot-shooting Miners, 66-58
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 13, 2012 | 943 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed girls basketball team likes to play fast and aggressive. For 20 minutes Friday night, the Raiders met their match.

In the end, Reed proved more talented down the stretch, outscoring Bishop Manogue 24-16 over the last quarter and a half to secure a 66-58 road win in a Northern 4A crossover league contest.

“We wanted to get out on their shooters more and not give them such good looks,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said of the second half. “I thought our offense was working, but Manogue just came to play. They executed their fast break. They pushed the ball up the floor and all had green lights. It was good for us. Everyone has to come out and play their best game against us to compete, and that’s what Manogue did today. We responded and came out with the win.”

Like the team from east sparks, Manogue pushed the tempo and buried plenty of buckets in transition.

In the first quarter, Reed initially grabbed momentum by forcing back-to-back turnovers in the backcourt that led to a Gabby Williams coast-to-coast layup and a Tyler Sumpter basket for an 8-5 edge 3:22 into the contest.

A timeout by the Miners allowed for a very loud strategy session on the sidelines in order to cope with the full-court press that was plaguing the home team. A personnel change also provided a surprising lift through the remainder of the first half.

Hannah Santos came off the bench and immediately hit a baseline jumper for Manogue, cutting the deficit to 8-7. That wouldn’t be the only time Santos came up with a key basket as she finished with 15 points and hit four shots from behind the arc.

Reed pushed its lead to a first-half high of six points, 13-7, on a Sumpter 3-pointer and Nyasha LeSure bucket in the paint.

However, the Miners took a page out of the Raiders’ playbook, knocking down a trio of 3-pointers in transition — two by Gabbi Concepcion and one by Santos —closing the gap to two points in the final minute of the first quarter.

Reed led 20-18 after the first eight minutes of action after Manogue’s Breezi Holt laid in a shot on a fast break with 3 seconds on the clock.

Holt caused the Raiders to lose their lead to start the second quarter when she drove to the hoop and was fouled on a layup. She converted the three-point play, handing the Miners a 21-20 advantage, their first lead since it was 5-4.

Holt again took it to the hole for an easy score when Reed’s interior defense vanished. That gave Manogue its largest cushion of the half, 25-21, with 5:33 to go before the break.

That’s when Reed’s sophomore point guard took it upon herself to pull her team back into the game. Williams showed frustration after a missed pull-up jumper but then collected herself and scored the next six points, all part of a Reed 7-0 run that handed the visitors a 28-25 lead with 1:50 on the second-quarter clock.

But Santos swished a game-tying trey from the corner, and then Holt got back into her lead-changing act, scoring five straight points. Her 3-pointer made it a 33-30 Manogue lead with 41 seconds remaining in the half.

The Miners took a 32-30 edge into halftime, but saw that lead erased 13 seconds into the third period thanks to a 3-pointer by Sumpter off a set play.

Williams found Sumpter open down low for a layup and a 39-35 Raider lead. But Holt and Santos teamed up to give the Miners control again as the duo tallied the next five points. The 40-39 score was the last time Manogue would be on top.

The Raiders broke a 42-42 deadlock, scoring seven of the last 10 points in the third quarter. Then the Blue and Gold erupted to start the fourth, padding its cushion to 54-45 after a Sierra Hooft breakaway and Williams three-ball.

Concepcion dialed it up from long distance in hopes of swinging momentum with her fourth 3-pointer of the game, but the 54-48 margin was as close as the home team could get in the last six minutes.

The Miners didn’t give up though despite falling behind by a game-high 11 points with a minute left. Manogue played the foul game. While Reed was perfect at the line on its last three trips to the charity stripe, Manogue answered with three points on its last three scoring possessions. The hosts had the margin down to a half dozen with 27 seconds to play.

The Miners nailed 11 3-pointers on the night, accounting for 57 percent of their points total. Holt led the way for Manogue, scoring 17 points, while Concepcion added 14.

“We try to run people out of the gym, but they wanted to run us out of the gym,” Schopper said. “They D’ed up. They pushed the ball and we had to run. We haven’t seen a lot of that in our area, so it was good to see.”

Reed had its own sharpshooter from the outside. Sumpter hit five treys en route to a game-high 24-point night. Williams chipped in 18 points and LeSure had 15.

The Raiders (10-2, 8-0 in Northern 4A) are off for a week until they head to North Valleys Friday night for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
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