She couldn’t have been more right after seeing an upset-minded McQueen squad put a scare into an undefeated Reed team for a half. With a strong third-quarter onslaught, the Raiders pulled away and took home an 81-45 league victory.
“I loved our hustle tonight. If there was a loose ball, we were on it,” Schopper said. “You have to play all four quarters against us. We’re hopefully going to wear them down. We’re not going to win in the first or second quarter. It’s going to be that second half of the third and the fourth where we really step it up because we have a deep bench.”
The Raiders were up by seven heading into the second half, but they scored 18 of the first 22 points in the second half. McQueen tried to stop the bleeding of a 10-0 run with a timeout, but it had little effect. Reed scored two more consecutive buckets on the same trip down the floor.
Freshman point guard Gabby Williams swiped a steal and took it the distance for a layup. She was fouled on the attempt, but couldn’t convert the 3-point play. She got her own rebound, leading to Nyasha LeSure’s basket down low, capping a 14-0 spurt that gave the visitors a 56-31 lead with 2:53 on the third-quarter clock.
The RHS crew outscored the hosts 28-9 in the third quarter for a 62-36 lead.
There wasn’t much McQueen could do after the momentum-busting third quarter and the final eight minutes were just a formality. Reed outscored the northwest Reno school 47-18 after halftime.
The first half was a much different story.
Reed went up by a high of six points midway through the first quarter, 11-5. However, the Lancers battled back and kept it close.
Katy Hufford scored five straight for the home team on a pair of free throws and a banked in 3-pointer from way downtown, cutting the deficit to 11-10.
Although Reed did not let McQueen take the lead for the first time, the Raiders could not build much of a lead either. The Lancers played aggressive defense and their active hands prevented the Blue and Gold from getting many looks. It also led to many fouls as both teams were in the bonus with two minutes to play in the first period.
McQueen’s Erica Sutherland had two chances to hand her team its first lead of the game with under a minute left in the first quarter, but her 3-point attempt was off the mark and then she failed to finish off a 3-point play on the next trip down the court, leaving the High Desert League rivals deadlocked at 13-13 with 13 seconds on the clock.
Makaela Moore broke the tie by knocking down a 3-pointer at the buzzer, sending Reed into the second quarter with a 16-13 edge.
McQueen was able to tie the game early in the second at 16-16, but still could not claim a lead.
A Sierra Baker 3-pointer from the corner with 4:23 remaining in the first half closed the gap to 22-21. That was as close as the Lancers would get the rest of the way.
A string of six unanswered points allowed Reed to grow its first sustainable cushion, increasing its lead to 28-21 at the 2:27 mark of the second quarter.
The Raiders clung to that same cushion as they went into the locker room with a 34-27 advantage at the break.
Reed had five players reach double figures in the scoring column led by LeSure’s 18 points. Walker added 16 points, while Moore has 13. Williams and Sierra Hooft chipped in with 12 points apiece.
“That is awesome. Two of our starters had two fouls in the first quarter, so they had to sit,” Schopper said. “I love that our bench came in and dominated. That’s what you need.”
Taylor Dewees paced McQueen with 14 points in the losing cause.
Reed (12-0, 5-0 in Northern 4A) is back in action today for its third road contest of the week. Tip-off at Reno High is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
Basketball fans sticking around McQueen for the late game Friday night were in for a treat.
Reed and McQueen endured a see-saw battle with the Lancers coming away with a 55-49 victory.
“They just hit two or three more shots than us,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “Our kids battled. Their kids battled. It was a good competitive game. We missed some layups that you hope to make most of the time. I thought it was a pretty even game and both teams played hard.”
After Reed jumped out to a 7-0 lead to start the game, McQueen slowly chipped away and knotted the score at 7-7 with 3:33 remaining in the first quarter. Like the girls, the Lancer boys struggled to take that first lead. However, McQueen went ahead 11-10 following a pair of free throws by Dakota Allinson with 38 seconds left in the quarter.
That was the lone lead for the home team in the first quarter as Reed’s AJ Silva ripped the twine on a 3-pointer, pushing the Raiders back ahead 13-11 on the ensuing trip down the floor. Allinson was again perfect from the charity stripe, hitting two free throws to tie the game at 13-13, which is how the score stayed until 40 seconds into the second quarter.
Reed found a sweet stroke from behind the arc in the second quarter that let the Raiders forge ahead by as much as eight points, 27-19. Erik Martinez, Silva, Roberto Velazquez and Kyle Ross all had treys in the second quarter.
But the Raiders would not score in the final 3:41 of the half, while the Lancers closed out the first half with nine straight points, grabbing a 28-27 edge at the intermission.
Hall sensed the game was getting away from his Raiders when McQueen scored the first five points of the second half on a 3-pointer by Joe Saarem and a bucket in the paint by Christopher Grigg, so he called a timeout to regroup.
The timeout did its job. Ross dropped in a floater out of the timeout to end the 14-0 rally by the Lancers, cutting the deficit to 33-29. More importantly, it initiated a game-tying 6-0 rally.
The momentum was short-lived for the Blue and Gold. McQueen answered with five points and enjoyed a 40-35 lead after three quarters of action.
The gap quickly grew to double digits for the first time for either team when the Lancers poured in the first five points of the fourth, making the score 45-35 with 6:08 left.
Both teams traded 3-pointers until a Ross trey made it a 48-41 game at the 5:25 mark.
Neither team scored over the next two minutes until Reed got back-to-back 3-on-1 fast breaks with Ross and Dylan McKenzie finishing them, getting the margin down to three, 48-45, with three minutes left.
The Raiders never got closer as McQueen made enough free throws down the stretch to keep the drama at a minimum.
Ross led the Raiders with 12 points.
Reed (5-5, 2-3 in Northern 4A) is on the road at Reno today for a 5 p.m. clash.
“It’s hard but after an emotional loss like this, it’s kind of a good thing because we can’t sit around and think about it all weekend,” Hall said. “We get to go out in 20 hours and battle again. These kids are young enough that they’re not going to feel it.”