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Reed girls romp at Wooster
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 04, 2011 | 787 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After winning all its games at the West Coast Jamboree in the east Bay Area at the end of December, the Reed girls basketball team looked primed to run Wooster out of the gym in the teams’ first game back from the winter break.

However, that’s not how the Northern 4A league game initially played out on the Colts’ home floor.

While the discrepancy in score was great, Reed never felt overly dominant until the second half when it opened the third quarter with an 18-2 rally, cruising to a 71-34 victory.

“Our defense sets up our offense and our defense in the first half was a little off,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “We were gambling a little too soon and we didn’t get as many layups as we could have. They (Wooster) were strong. They were forcing Nyasha (LeSure) out for a deeper hook. They were up in us.”

It was still a single-digit game early in the second quarter when the Raiders led 15-8. The visitors scored the next eight points to take a 23-8 edge and the lead was never in the single digits again.

Wooster answered with five straight points, cutting the deficit to 23-13 with 4:30 left before halftime, but the Colts suffered a drought that lasted more than four minutes.

Jolene Fry got a floater to fall with 17 seconds on the second-quarter clock, ending the offensive futility and sending the hosts into the locker room down 29-15.

Reed outscored Wooster 18-2 in the first six minutes of the third period and finally got some opportunities to run out on breaks past the midway point of the third quarter. The Raiders scored eight fast-break points during a 14-0 run that gave them a 47-17 advantage with 1:57 to play in the quarter.

“We backed up our defense to a half-court game,” Schopper said of the key to getting out on breaks. “I think we just slowed the game up, which let us get some easy steals in our half-court trap and then we had someone breaking toward the basket. When our defense is off, our offense is going to be off. Teams are going to come to play their best against us.

“I told them we’re not going to be able to break away until the third or fourth quarter from now on. Teams have watched film and they’re ready for us. They know the trap is coming from the start.”

The Colts didn’t give up though, tallying the next seven points to get within a 47-24 margin.

The Blue and Gold went to the fourth quarter with 49-24 cushion thanks to a drive and layup by freshman point guard Gabby Williams with 20 seconds left on the third-quarter clock.

The final eight minutes was much of the same with Reed pushing the tempo when it had the chance and scoring easy buckets.

A Williams drive and hoop increased the edge to the 30-point plateau again, 58-28, with 4:10 remaining in the game.

The Raiders’ defense held the Colts to only six points the rest of the way to outscore the home squad 42-14 in the second half. Makaela Moore’s three-point play with 11 seconds left accounted for the final 71-34 score and the largest margin between the two teams.

Williams and Micah Walker each poured in 13 points for Reed (11-0, 4-0 in Northern 4A).

Sheila Christy had a game-high 15 points in the losing cause.

The Raiders are on the road at McQueen Friday for a 6 p.m. game and at Reno Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. clash.

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Reed girls romp at Wooster by Aaron Retherford

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