That was the case again when Bishop Manogue came to RHS Friday night for a Northern 4A league crossover matchup.
Reed broke a 21-21 deadlock and outscored the Miners by 30 points the rest of the way en route to a 77-47 home triumph to improve to 15-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.
“It makes my job easier, especially when they’re all playing,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “It’s nice when you see five girls in double figures. Most of that was off our defense, and that’s the nice thing about it.”
Coming out of a timeout, Manogue knotted the game at 7-7 with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter. However, Reed owned the next three minutes of action.
Freshman point guard Gabby Williams initiated a 10-0 run by scoring on a drive. She then swiped a steal and went coast to coast for a layup.
Another Miners turnover led to a wide-open Joanna Phillips 3-pointer from the corner and then Sierra Hooft banked in a trey, capping the string of 10 unanswered points, which gave the Raiders their first double-digit lead of the game, 17-7.
But Reed could not pull away further and an offensive drought let Manogue back in the game.
In the final 1:09 of the first period, Manogue picked up a basket in the paint and then Kelly Lujan traveled the distance for an easy layup, cutting the deficit to 17-11 heading into the second quarter.
The Manogue rally wasn’t done. Lujan knocked down a 3-pointer and then had a chance to tie when she was fouled during a drive where she made a layup. She could not convert the 3-point play, leaving the Miners trailing 17-16.
Lauren Luckadoo put the visitors ahead by nailing a trey for a 19-17 edge. It was short-lived.
The Raiders scored the next four points to regain a two-point lead before the Miners tied it at 21-21, but they had no answer for Reed’s pressure.
Over the final 5:13 of the first half, the Blue and Gold outscored the private Catholic school 22-6. Nyasha LeSure and Micah Walker both tallied six points apiece in that span, which saw the home team’s lead grow to a high of 16 points by the break.
Reed tallied the last eight points of the half, taking the 43-27 edge into the locker rooms.
Manogue scored the first bucket of the second half, but the Raiders went on another 8-0 run, showing off their basketball prowess on three straight fast-break layups.
Reed again finished a quarter strong by pouring in the final seven points of the third. Makaela Moore’s bucket down low with 4 seconds remaining in the third quarter, pushed the gap to 30 points for the first time, 67-37.
The pace slowed considerably in the fourth quarter. After the Raiders outscored the Miners 24-10 in the third quarter, the teams only combined for 20 points, 10 each, in the final eight minutes of action.
Williams and Tyler Sumpter finished with a team-high 13 points for Reed, while Walker, LeSure and Phillips each added 12.
“We’re just playing so unselfish. When we have so many people scoring, it’s tough to guard us,” Schopper said. “When you have your shooters shooting and your guards attacking, it makes things so much easier.”
Luckadoo paced Manogue with 13 points and Lujan added 10 in the losing cause.
Reed is off for a week until it hosts North Valleys at 6 p.m. Friday night.