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Reed girls run by North Valleys, 72-26
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 20, 2012 | 725 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There really isn’t a northern Nevada girls basketball team with one player who has the talent to match Reed sophomore point guard Gabby Williams. That was especially the case in north Reno Friday night.

Williams either scored or assisted on all eight Raiders buckets in the first quarter as Reed jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 72-26 High Desert League triumph over North Valleys.

Williams scored 11 first-quarter points, including a string of seven straight that was part of a 10-0 Reed run, which handed the visitors their first double-digit advantage of the game, 17-6.

Williams also scored the first basket of the second, pushing the gap to 11 points again, 21-10. The breakaway layup 10 seconds into the second quarter also initiated a 9-0 Raider run, increasing the lead to 28-10.

The Panthers went on an 8-2 spurt to cut the deficit to 30-18 with 2:43 remaining in the first half. However, the 12-point margin would be the smallest gap the rest of the game.

Reed answered with eight consecutive points in a minute span to push the gap to 20 points for the first time, 38-18.

The Raiders weren’t done, adding six more unanswered to their rally, scoring the final 14 points of the half for a 44-18 lead at the intermission.

“In the first quarter, we were just seeing what they were in and where the gaps were,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “Second quarter, we saw they were in a 3-2 and it got a little easier for us. Defensively, our hands were active and we forced a lot of turnovers. I thought we made some pretty impressive layups, with Gabby and Sierra (Hooft).”

Reed then proceeded to tally the first 12 points of the third quarter, using the string of 26 straight points to take a 56-18 edge, just over the midway point of the third.

A Monserrat Quinonez 3-pointer broke the seven-minute long scoring drought for the hosts. She hit another trey with 15 seconds to go in the third quarter, sending the Panthers into the fourth quarter trailing 58-24.

North Valleys was held to two points in the fourth quarter and was outscored 28-8 in the second half. Williams’ final points of the night, with 4:40 to play, gave her a game-high 21 points and instituted the running-clock mercy rule when Reed’s cushion grew to 40 points.

“We played a lot more man in the second half,” Schopper said. “It’s hard to get a second shot off against us. We dominated the glass. They got one shot off and that’s all they got. We’re athletic and we worked hard today.”

Hooft added 17 points, while both Nyasha LeSure and Tina Vernon chipped in 10 points in the winning cause.

Reed (11-2, 9-0 in Northern 4A) will host cross-town rival Spanish Springs today at 3:30 p.m.
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