Four Raiders scored in double figures led by senior Micah Walker’s 17 points. Sierra Hooft added 14, while Nyasha LeSure and Gabby Williams contributed 12 and 10 respectively.
Reed held McQueen’s offense to under 10 points in each of the first three quarters to take a 57-21 lead. However, the Lancers did outscore the home team 15-13 in the fourth quarter.
Reed (21-0, 14-0 in Northern 4A) closes out the regular season on the road at Hug Tuesday and North Valleys Friday. The Raiders already have the top seed from the High Desert League sewn up, and will just keep trying to get better heading into the playoffs.
“Our defense is playing well and setting the tone,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “We’re coming off hard on our traps and pressing, and we’re getting there. We manned up some tonight and worked on some things and got our bench some playing time.”
The Reed boys got to within four points of McQueen with about 30 seconds left in the third quarter, but somehow found a way to lose 75-48 in High Desert League action Friday night.
Being outscored 22-2 in the fourth quarter did not help.
“We just collapsed. We had plenty of chances inside but couldn’t put anything in. McQueen was putting everything in,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said.
Reed trailed 40-30 at halftime but cut it to 53-46 after the third quarter. The fourth quarter was brutal. Hall said his team used up a lot of energy to come back in the third and hit a wall. The Lancers took advantage by extending their defensive pressure.
McQueen senior Joe Saaren led all scorers with 19 points. Dakota Allinson had 14 and C.J. Grigg added 13.
Kyle Ross was the lone Raider in double figures. He finished with 16.
Reed (7-13, 4-10 in Northern 4A) has been eliminated from playoff contention before the final week of the season for the second straight year. The Raiders will use the final two games to try to build some momentum for next season.
“We’re just going to work hard and try to get better so we can end the year on a positive note and send the four seniors out on a winning note,” Hall said. “We have eight underclassmen and it gives them a chance to get better and learn.”