The Lady Raiders could have cut that goal in half in their Northern 4A opener at Douglas Tuesday night.
Reed used its defense to create offense and the defense also prevented the Tigers’ offense from firing as the Blue and Gold cruised to a 68-19 triumph.
The Raiders enjoyed a 40-10 lead at the break, and coach Sara Schopper challenged her reserves to be equally stifling on defense in the second half.
“We’re really happy with that because that’s our goal,” Schopper said. “Usually in the second half you let up a little bit. But I challenged my bench to hold them to the same amount and they did.”
Sierra Hooft paced Reed with a career-high 26 points, including a trio of 3-pointers off in-bounds plays.
“Our defense feeds our offense. We’ve been doing a full-court press and she’s been running up the floor scoring layups,” Schopper said of Hooft. “We’ve been doing a lot more cutting and she’s just been in the right place at the right time by moving and picking up rebounds and putting them back up.”
Also in double figures were Gabby Williams with 12 points and Nyasha LeSure with 10.
Reed (1-0) will play its home opener at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday when Carson comes to town.
•It wasn’t so pretty for the Reed boys though, who were manhandled by the Tigers, 75-41.
The first half was fairly competitive. The Raiders only trailed 32-18 at the break and had their chances to cut the deficit to single digits. But Douglas just wore them down in the second half and it got ugly for the visitors, who were already limited down low due to missing a post player.
“We came out with some nerves and they jumped on us early,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “We actually fought back, but we missed some free throws in the first half which kind of hurt us. The first half we were battling, but the second half their size and pressure kind of got to us.”
In order to stage a comeback, Reed had to come out of its zone defense but that just led to the Tigers pulling away.
Hunter Myers led Douglas with 16 points.
Kyle Ross poured in 11 points for the Raiders.
Reed (0-1) takes on Lowry at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Carson’s tournament.