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Reed girls overwhelm Reno
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 08, 2011 | 551 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday saw the two premier girls basketball programs in Northern Nevada go head to head at Reno High. One team showed there might only be a premier program this season.

Gabby Williams dropped in 18 points, while Micah Walker and Sierra Hooft added 14 points apiece, leading Reed to a 67-37 High Desert League rout of Reno Saturday afternoon.

The first quarter started and ended well for the Raiders but the middle minutes were all Huskies.

After Reed jumped out to a 9-4 lead, Reno poured in 10 unanswered points to take a 14-9 lead.

Hooft helped the Raiders wake up in the final 48 seconds of the first quarter when she scored in transition on consecutive trips down the floor. She tied the score by following up a three-point play with a steal and coast-to-coast layup.

The Raiders then grabbed a lead for the second quarter when Williams scored down low at the buzzer on a set inbounds play, giving the Blue and Gold a 16-14 lead.

Reno came running out of the gates in the second quarter after Shannon Gough knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing 18 seconds into the new period. But the Huskies looked like deer in headlights the remainder of the quarter as Reed’s defense shut down the home team.

Only another Gough trey prevented Reed from closing out the first half on a 14-0 run. Instead, the Raiders had to settle for a 30-20 halftime advantage.

The Raiders were scoring from everywhere on the court. After Gough’s second 3-pointer of the quarter cut the deficit in half to 23-20 with 3:40 left in the half, Joanna Phillips hit a 3-pointer, Williams had a breakaway layup and Nyasha LeSure scored down low with a post move. The 7-0 rally gave Reed its first double-digit lead of the game.

Reno spent almost the entire halftime in the locker room before coming out and appearing to have found an answer to its problems by scoring the first four points of the second half.

It was false hope.

Williams ignited a 13-0 Reed run by scoring six straight points and the Raiders padded their cushion to 43-24 at the 4:26 mark of the third quarter.

Kaley Hill scored on a putback at the midway point of the third, but Huskies fans had to watch the visitors respond with 12 unanswered capped by an impressive end-to-end play that started with a LeSure rebound and ended with a Williams layup four seconds later as the buzzer sounded. That increased Reed’s advantage to 55-26 after three quarters of play.

The Raiders pushed their lead to a game-high 63-28 margin with 3:47 to play, but it was the Sierra Sobrio show after that for the Huskies. Sobrio scored nine of her team-high 13 points in the fourth to keep Reed from making the rout even larger.

“They’re ecstatic. This was a goal on our checklist,” Reed coach Sara Schopper said. “It’s a good feeling. It feels like we’re getting done what we need to get done.”

Reed improved to 13-0 on the season and 6-0 in Northern 4A league play. The Raiders will be at home Tuesday against Hug. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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Reed girls overwhelm Reno by Aaron Retherford

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