In doing so, the Raiders ended host school Miramonte’s 10-game unbeaten streak with a 60-59 victory to advance to today’s championship at 6 p.m.
Reed had to persevere through some adversity against the Matadors. Starters Micah Walker and Nyasha LeSure both went to the bench with three fouls in the first quarter. Neither player came back in the remainder of the first half for Reed.
Still, the Raiders were able to grab a 35-23 lead at the break.
But when Walker, LeSure and starting point guard Gabby Williams fouled out with about two minutes left in the game, that’s when Miramonte snagged some momentum and made a game of it.
“That’s why we came down here, to my put my girls in different situations and see how they react,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “They pressed us a lot today. They threw a full-court press at us, which we haven’t seen that much of this season. They have some good shooters, so that took us out of doing our normal traps. We had to switch it up and play some man a little. It made us do some things we haven’t done yet.”
With 60 percent of its starting lineup fouled out, Reed’s bench had to step up and knock down some clutch free throws at the end of the game. Schopper said Sierra Hooft did a nice job in that capacity. Hooft led Reed with 14 points.
The Raiders also had players playing out of their normal positions. Joanna Phillips moved from shooting guard to point guard to help the Blue and Gold bring the ball up the court without too many turnovers. Phillips added 13 points to the winning cause.
“It made them play in positions they’re not used to. In the long run, that’s going to make us stronger,” Schopper said.
Williams added 10 points for Reed, which improved to 9-0 on the season.
Capital Christian 44, Spanish Springs 39
A slow start wound up costing the Spanish Springs girls basketball team dearly during a winners’ bracket quarterfinal at the Lady Bulldog Winter Classic in Folsom, Calif. Tuesday afternoon. The end result was a 44-39 loss to Capital Christian.
Sophomore point guard Riley Holladay drained a 3-pointer from the corner to give Spanish Springs a 3-0 lead a minute into the tournament tilt. Unfortunately for the SSHS crew it didn’t score again until two minutes into the second quarter. Capital Christian’s trapping zone defense stifled Spanish Springs in that stretch.
Meanwhile, Capital Christian reeled off 15 straight points for the 15-3 lead. Spanish Springs finally stopped the bleeding and outscored the private Sacramento school 10-7 into halftime, so it trailed 22-13 at the break.
Spanish Springs kept the momentum in the third period. Lyndsey Anderson’s 3-point play started the quarter for the Cougars, making the margin six, 22-16. Spanish Springs got two free throws and a layup on back-to-back possessions, trimming Capital Christian’s lead to two 26-24.
A runner in transition by Holladay with 29 seconds remaining in the third quarter put the Cougars into a 28-28 deadlock. Spanish Springs had a chance to take the lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Down 31-30, Anderson went to the line for a pair of free throws but the sophomore all-league forward missed both and the Cougars never got over the hump.
“I was proud of the way we fought back and got back in the game, but it’s just tough to get a win when you put yourself in an early hole like that,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “We didn’t hit many shots, especially early, but our defense gave us a chance to hang around.”
Capital Christian (9-5) responded to forge ahead 39-31, but Spanish Springs did not go away. The Cougars got a layup from junior Morgan Allen to pull within two, 41-39, with 1:15 to go in the contest. That’s as good as it got for Spanish Springs. Capital Christian’s Haleigh Filer dropped a 3-point bomb on the next trip down the floor, icing the California club’s victory.
Filer, a freshman, led Capital Christian with 16 points.
Holladay paced the Cougars’ offense, pouring in 17 points. Anderson chipped in 11 for Spanish Springs but no other play had more than four in the loss. The Cougar duo each had eight rebounds as well.
Spanish Springs (6-6) plays its third game of the 16-team, four-day tourney today at noon.