That meant a long night for the North Valleys Panthers as the Raiders claimed a 71-19 High Desert League triumph.
Reed’s balanced scoring was evident from the get go. Each member of the RHS starting five scored one bucket before anyone made a second, helping the home team jump out to an 11-0 lead two minutes into the game.
The Raiders ended up scoring the first 15 points of the league clash before a Taylor Dockter putback at the 4:09 mark erased the goose egg off the scoreboard for the Panthers.
North Valleys did put a couple baskets together in the last two minutes of the first quarter, cutting the deficit to 22-6 with 1:08 to play in the period. However, the Panthers went scoreless the remainder of the half.
In the meantime, Reed earned its second 20-point lead of the quarter by pushing the gap up to 26-6 heading into the second quarter.
The Raiders got their run of consecutive points up to 12 following Joanna Phillips’ second 3-pointer of the second quarter, handing Reed its first 30-point advantage, 36-6. It just kept getting worse for the visitors from north Reno.
Reserve guard Cheyenne Faanes scored six unanswered points for the Raiders, helping the Raiders close out the first half with a 20-0 run over a span of nine minutes of action. Reed owned a 42-6 lead at the break after outscoring NVHS 16-0 in the second quarter.
The Panthers ended their 11-minute scoring drought thanks to a Hannah Woytek free throw two minutes into the third quarter, making the score 44-7.
North Valleys got back-to-back buckets to go, closing the gap to 46-11 with 4:46 left on the third-quarter clock. But that’s as close as the score got after halftime.
Phillips initiated a 13-1 run with her fourth trey of the game and Tyler Sumpter added two 3-pointers of her own, padding the cushion to 59-12 after three quarters of play.
“She’s (Phillips) been shooting really well. We’ve been practicing our inside out game and getting her feet set,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “She’s one of those shooters that once she starts hitting, she just gets that hot hand. It’s nice having her knock them down, especially when teams are in a zone because that brings them out. Between her and Tyler, it’s like a tag team shooting the three.”
Sumpter opened the fourth with another 3-pointer for the game’s first 50-point lead, 62-12.
Reed enjoyed a game-high 66-12 lead after Gabby Williams followed up Sumpter’s trey with two straight baskets.
North Valleys answered with a small 5-0 rally but the Raiders tallied the final five points.
Phillips led all scorers with 15 points on the strength of five shots from behind the arc. Walker added 14. Williams and Sumpter both poured in 11, while Faanes added 10.
Dockter and Woytek paced the Panthers with five points apiece.
Reed (16-0, 9-0 in Northern 4A) is on the road today when it takes on cross-town rival Spanish Springs at 3:30 p.m.
“We got to play everybody. Our bench got some good playing time,” Schopper said. “It’s nice though that we get to play back-to-back. I got to sit some kids, so they will be rested for tomorrow.”