Reed scored 16 unanswered points to open its game against cross-town rival Spanish Springs and was never threatened en route to a 76-34 romp in a High Desert League matchup at RHS Tuesday night.
After Reed’s initial onslaught through the game’s opening five minutes, the two teams traded buckets into halftime. Reed had a 34-16 lead at the intermission.
While Spanish Springs stopped the bleeding in the second quarter and much of the third, the Cougars could not hold Reed back. The margin was 17, 40-23, after Spanish Springs got a Chrissy Beebe free throw with 2:14 to go in the third.
Then, Reed racked up an 11-0 outburst to close the third period and led 51-23 heading to the final quarter. The host Raiders then proceeded to outscore Spanish Springs 25-11 in the final eight minutes to account for the final margin.
The Raiders (7-0, 3-0) out-rebounded Spanish Springs 39-34, but more importantly, forced the Cougars into 28 turnovers while only committing eight themselves.
Four Raiders found double figures in the scoring column, led by the 21 of senior captain Micah Walker. Nyasha LeSure and Sierra Hooft added 15 and 12 points respectively while Gabby Williams tallied 10 for the RHS club.
“The girls stepped up and played. They got after it,” Reed coach Sara Schopper said. “Micah stepped up big and really led us. She’s our leader.
“We want to get going right from the start of each half. That’s the idea. We like to do that right off the bat and let our defense get working for us.”
Senior guard Amanda O’Farrell was the lone Cougars player to score in double digits. She finished with 10.
“Reed is very good,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “We knew this would be a tough mountain to climb for us. The big picture is we’re just two weeks into this season and we’ve got a long way to go. For us it’s about getting better each and every day and we’ll keep working to do that.”
Spanish Springs (4-4, 1-2) returns to the hardwood Thursday for a High Desert League affair against McQueen at 6 p.m. It will be the Cougars’ first league home game of the new season after playing their first three on the road.
Reed, which had to re-schedule its Thursday league game against Reno for Jan. 8, will not play again until Dec. 27 at the West Coast Jamboree in the east Bay Area.