The Raiders took care of business right away.
Reed shut out McQueen for almost the entire fourth quarter and secured a 62-47 HDL road win Friday night.
McQueen kept it close early on, thanks in part to Reed point guard Gabby Williams seeing limited action.
The Raiders led 11-6 with 4:12 on the clock, but didn’t score the remainder of the first period. At the 2:24 mark of the opening quarter, McQueen senior forward Taylor Baker scored a bucket and was fouled. She converted the three-point play.
With 48 seconds left in the first quarter, Baker scored on a 2-on-1 fast break, tying the game at 11-11.
The Lancers had a shot to enjoy a lead at the end of the quarter but missed a breakaway layup.
The Raiders claimed a 15-11 edge after Makaela Moore quickly scored back-to-back baskets in the first 38 seconds of the second quarter.
McQueen retaliated with its own consecutive scores, knotting it at 15-15 with 6:25 to play in the first half.
However, the hosts never took the lead and the Blue and Gold pulled away with an 8-0 run over a span of a minute and 42 seconds. Four different Raiders scored during the spurt that gave them a 23-15 advantage midway through the second quarter.
McQueen closed the gap to five points, 23-18, following a Sierra Baker three-point play. But that was as close as the northwest Reno school would get the rest of the half.
RHS senior forward Nyasha LeSure scored eight points in the second quarter to help Reed grab a 33-24 lead at the break.
The Raiders earned their first double-digit cushion on a Moore putback, 14 seconds into the third quarter, making the score 35-24.
Reed looked like it had the game well in hand with Williams sitting on the bench. The east Sparks school led 44-30 when Tyler Sumpter got her 3-pointer to fall through the rim with a shooter’s roll halfway through the third.
But McQueen’s Emma White immediately knocked down a trey, which initiated a string of 10 unanswered points, cutting the deficit to 44-40 with just over two minutes to go in the third. White score eight of those 10 points.
The Lancers were down 46-43 after Sierra Baker swished a high-arching 3-pointer, but the Raiders kept the home team at bay. A Hooft bucket down low handed Reed a 50-45 edge heading into the final eight minutes of action.
“Teams always try to make that last run at the end of the third quarter,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said after her team allowed 21 third-quarter points. “Gabby said she could go back in the game, but I looked at her and told her we were fine. We’re going to play through this and step up the defense. I don’t want Gabby to save us. I want them to know they can handle the pressure and make tough shots.”
Reed’s defense did its job in the fourth quarter, holding McQueen scoreless for the first 7:15 of the fourth quarter. White ended the drought with 45 seconds on the clock, giving her 14 points on the night. The Lancers were outscored 12-2 in the fourth quarter.
LeSure made sure there wasn’t any drama by scoring 10 of Reed’s 12 fourth-quarter points. LeSure paced Reed with a game-high 26 points.
“It’s huge. This is where we need other girls to step up. I told Nyasha she needs to put us on her back and she did,” Schopper said.
Also joining LeSure in double figures was Hooft with 14 and Moore with 10.
Sierra Baker led McQueen with 20 points in the losing cause.
Reed (16-2, 14-0 in Northern 4A) hosts Hug Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
“Even if we lose these last two games, we’re still in first place,” Schopper said. “My job right now is to get Gabby, Sierra and Tyler healthy for the playoffs.”