But that was more than enough for the Raiders to double up on their opponent to take home some hardware with a 42-20 victory over Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, Calif.
“It was really low-scoring. We didn’t make as many easy shots as we normally do,” Reed coach Sara Schopper said. “The 30-second shot clock kind of played in our favor today. I think we forced four violations today. A lot of their shots they were just jacking it up at the last second.”
The Blue and Gold didn’t get as many fast-break points as it normally does due to a lack of turnovers by the Pumas, but Reed ran solid sets out of its half-court offense.
Senior Micah Walker and junior Nyasha LeSure excelled in the slower pace. Each player scored 15 points to lead the Raiders’ offense.
More impressive was the defense. Reed enjoyed a 22-9 edge at halftime and the second half was much of the same, stifling Maria Carrillo’s offense.
“It’s our defense and our hands and holding teams to one shot,” Schopper said. “Their shooters weren’t getting into position where we were giving up open looks. Just keeping the pressure on them was the key. We held them to one shot, we boarded and most of the time it was a bad shot that they took.”
Reed (10-0) is back in action Tuesday at Wooster. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Spanish Springs 43, Nevada Union 39
The Spanish Springs Cougars did just enough right Wednesday to outlast the Nevada Union Miners for a 43-39 victory in girls prep basketball action.
The win moves Spanish Springs (7-6) into the fifth-place game at the 16-team, Lady Bulldog Winter Classic hosted by Folsom (Calif.) High School.
The game was tied at 18-18 with three and half minutes to go before halftime, but Spanish Springs scored the final six points of the second period. The last of those came when point guard Riley Holladay got a floater in the lane to fall as the first-half buzzer sounded, leaving the SSHS crew with a 24-18 edge at the break.
The game was never tied and Spanish Springs did not trail in the second half. The Cougars got back-to-back buckets from Holladay after the sophomore was freed up by a pair of high screens that left the weak side open on consecutive trips down the floor. The easy layups forged Spanish Springs ahead 32-23. That was the largest margin of the game.
Seven straight Nevada Union points helped the Grass Valley, Calif. school hang around and trim the lead to two points, 32-30. The Miners got as close as two on three occasions, the last of which came at 38-36 following a putback by Jennie Carroll midway through the fourth quarter.
Spanish Springs responded with back-to-back turnaround bank shots in the paint by sophomore forward Lyndsey Anderson, the second of which came with 2:30 remaining in the contest and left the Sparks school with a 42-36 advantage.
Nevada Union did not get closer than four the rest of the way.
“The end wasn’t pretty, but we found a way to get the win,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “We’re just a young basketball team and we need game experiences like this to help us mature and get better.”
Holladay and Anderson both had 10 points for Spanish Springs, which was led by the 11 points of sophomore guard Sam Owens.
Spanish Springs won the rebounding war, 43-36. Anderson pulled down a career-high 14 boards and Holladay grabbed 10. Holladay also gave away eight assists while snaring five steals.