The Raiders routed Pershing County 56-27 to start the day and then got a little more of a test from Bear River, but still handed the Grass Valley, Calif. school an 80-55 defeat at Spanish Springs.
Reed tried to push the tempo more than it had in its previous five games when it took on the Bruins. While it led to more points for the Blue and Gold, it also allowed Bear River to get more looks at the hoop.
The Bruins took advantage of those looks coming out of halftime. Bear River trailed 48-25 at the break, but nearly matched that offensive production in one quarter of play by outscoring Reed 21-19 in the third.
“At half, every team is going to make adjustments. It’s just us reading what adjustments they’re making,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “We started fouling a lot and gave up a couple threes. Hopefully you can come back and make adjustments and finish strong. I think we did that.”
Kelsey Uno was a sparkplug for Bear River in the third quarter, knocking down two of her five 3-pointers. She led the Bruins with 15 points, all coming from behind the arc.
Bear River scored the last eight points of the third quarter and the first three of the fourth period for an 11-0 rally, which cut the deficit to 67-49. That was as good as it got for the Bruins.
Nyasha LeSure helped the Raiders end a drought that lasted three and a half minutes with back-to-back buckets. LeSure finished the night with 21 points.
The fourth quarter was low scoring compared to the first three quarters with Reed outscoring Bear River 13-9.
Gabby Williams paced the Raiders scoring with 24 points, while Micah Walker added 16.
Lindsey Harter chipped in with 14 points in the losing cause.
In the early game, Reed held Pershing County to four points in both the first and second quarters, all by Sarita Jo Condie, to take a 29-8 lead into the locker room. Of the four Mustangs that found the scoring column against the Raiders, Condie was the only one in double figures. She had 12 points.
Walker outscored Pershing County in the first half, tallying nine of her team-high 12 points.
Reed got balanced scoring against the Mustangs with eight players scoring. LeSure added 11 points in the win.
Overall, Schopper was pleased with the four games in the tournament.
“I thought we had balanced scoring from everybody. I thought we played good defense. We’re right where we’re supposed to be,” Schopper said. “Our subs came off the bench scoring and gave us more energy.”
Reed (6-0) will look to stay perfect when it opens High Desert League play at home Tuesday against Spanish Springs. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.