"Our press came out hard. We got 10 points right off the bat," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "We moved the ball and found the open man. We got some easier buckets but I think our defense is the key to our game right now."
Schopper was right on in her assessment. Reed's full-court trapping pressure was too much for the Rams in the game played at Reno High School. The RHS crew ran out to a 24-7 lead after the first period and was never threatened.
The Raiders defense was especially good in the second and third periods when it held the Rams to just four points in the combined 16 minutes of action.
"We held them to one forced shot and converted on the other end," Schopper said. "It was good. We just ran the half-court trap and were patient on offense. We didn't make the game go as fast and we controlled the pace. It helped that they were just 2-for-9 from the free-throw line in those two quarters. They finished only 3-of-13."
Freshman Tyler Sumpter led the Raiders offense with 14 points. Joanna Phillips and Nyasha LeSure both chipped in 12 points while Micah Walker added 11.
Reed improved to 4-0 on the young season and appears to be one of the top teams in northern Nevada. Schopper admitted she likes the direction her team is headed.
"This team is fun to watch," she said. "They're athletic. They anticipate on defense so well. It's been fun being able to run so many different defenses. I've thrown different things at them, different rotations and watching the girls work and convert makes you happy as a coach."
Reed wraps up the three-day round-robin tournament with games against Lovelock, at 10:30 a.m. and Bear River of Grass Valley, Calif. at 4:30 p.m. today. Both games will be held at Spanish Springs High School.
The Spanish Springs girls basketball team rode a strong start and fast finish to a 56-45 win over Elko at the High Sierra Winter Challenge Friday night.
Spanish Springs scored the first 11 points of the game and rolled out to a 15-3 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.
However, Elko fought back and hung around. The visiting Indians used a 16-7 run to get back to within three, 22-19, late in the second quarter. Spanish Springs wound up taking a 26-21 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The game was a six-point spread after three, 38-32. Elko got as close as one, 38-37, when Erin Nielsen scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, on a three-point play and two foul shots.
That's when the hosts put the game away. Spanish Springs scored 13 straight points to put the game away. The SSHS squad got a layup from Morgan Allen that made it 55-40 with just over a minute to go. The 15-point margin was the biggest of the game.
Sam Owens led all scorers, finishing with 17 points for the Cougars. She also had eight assists and four steals. Morgan Allen tallied 12 points and Lyndsey Anderson 11 for Spanish Springs. Anderson had eight rebounds and Allen seven.
Elko's Emma Sprout scored 12 points to pace the eastern Nevada school's offensive effort.
Spanish Springs (3-2) helped its cause by forcing 31 Elko turnovers.
The Cougars finish action in the tournament, which had predetermined matchups, today with games against McClymonds of Oakland at noon and Casa Roble at 6 p.m.