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Late run propels Reed past Manogue girls
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 11, 2013 | 2439 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by john Byrne - Reed post Tina Vernon gets off a hook shot in the paint during the Raiders' home win over Manogue Friday night.
Tribune photo by john Byrne - Reed post Tina Vernon gets off a hook shot in the paint during the Raiders' home win over Manogue Friday night.
It was the matchup between undefeated teams in the Div. I North that everyone wanted to see -- one team from the Sierra League, the other from the High Desert League.

Like many expected, the Reed girls left Friday night’s crossover league clash with the unblemished league record. However, with 5:46 to play and Bishop Manogue leading by four and enjoying a double bonus situation, it looked like the Raiders’ 46-game winning streak versus Northern Div. I opponents might come to an end.

Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez had seen this before and was not nervous. She watched as her team held the Miners to one basket the rest of the way and closed out the game on a 15-2 run for a 65-56 triumph.

“Honestly, I wasn’t worried. I knew my team was going to spark it,” Schopper-Ramirez said.

With 3:24 left, Reed forward Tina Vernon made a shot in the paint. She then drew a charge on the defensive end of the floor and was rewarded for her efforts as point guard Gabby Williams fed her down low for another score, catapulting Reed back into the lead, 55-54.

Manogue came up empty on offense, and Brooke Cervantes hit a step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key, increasing the hosts’ advantage to 58-54 with two and a half minutes left.

The momentum had officially swung.

The Miners scored their last points of the game with 1:40 on the clock, making it a 60-56 game, but the Raiders sealed the victory with five free throws.

The first quarter was nothing Blue and Gold fans are used to watching. Halfway through the opening period, the two teams had combined for five points.

Reed broke it open soon after. Back-to-back buckets by Vernon initiated a 7-0 run that forged the Raiders ahead 10-2 with 1:25 on the first-quarter clock.

Manogue’s second basket of the quarter, a 3-pointer from the corner by Hannah Santos, cut the deficit to 10-5 with under a minute to play in the first. That’s how the score remained heading into the second eight minutes of action.

With 4:41 to go in the first half, Manogue sliced the margin down to one, 14-13. Still, Manogue would not take the lead.

Tyler Sumpter knocked down a short-range jumper and then rattled home a trey from the corner after collecting a long offensive rebound. That left the Raiders with a 19-13 edge.

The Miners also turned to their sharpshooters as Kelly Lujan drained a 3-pointer with three minutes left in the first half, closing the gap to 21-18.

Williams answered with an easy drive to the hoop for a layup and then found Sumpter behind the Miners’ defense for a layup, extending the lead to 25-18.

Reed matched that seven-point advantage again on a jumper from the elbow by Sumpter, her ninth point of the second quarter.

A Raiders free throw gave them a 28-20 lead, the largest of the half.

Manogue made the last bucket before the break, sending the teams into the locker room with a 28-22 score.

The Miners cut the edge in half thanks to a 3-point play by Brianna Holt to start off the third quarter.

Reed tallied eight of the next nine points and pushed the gap to double digits for the first time, 36-26.

The Raiders were still up by nine with 2:41 on the third-quarter clock, but that’s when Holt took it upon herself to get the Miners back in the game.

A Holt three-ball brought Manogue to within six, 42-36. In the last two minutes of the third, Holt poured in nine points of an 11-2 Manogue run that left it in a 49-46 lead after three quarters. Holt scored 15 of her team-high 20 points in the third quarter.

“Manogue is fast,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “I think their quickness kind of surprised us. We turned the ball over a little bit.”

The Miners opened the fourth with a score, bumping their lead up to a game-high 51-46 margin.

Sumpter and Williams both scored 22 points to lead Reed. Vernon added 14 points.

Lujan chipped in 15 points to the Miners' the losing cause.

Reed (13-2, 8-0) is off until it hosts cross-town rival Spanish Springs at 5:15 p.m. Friday.
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