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Reed rolls over Spanish Springs
by Tribune Staff
Jan 22, 2011 | 861 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs guard Riley Holladay (in white) tries to dribble past Reed’s Cori Gammon during the Raiders’ 82-35 victory.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs guard Riley Holladay (in white) tries to dribble past Reed’s Cori Gammon during the Raiders’ 82-35 victory.
The Reed Raiders continue to look like they are the class of the northern Nevada girls basketball field. The RHS crew scored in transition, scored in half-court sets and defended well in multiple schemes en route to a lopsided 82-35 High Desert League victory over Spanish Springs Saturday afternoon.

The 82 points is the most Reed has ever scored against its cross-town rival, topping the 79 its hung on Spanish Springs twice before. Five Raiders hitting for double digits in the scoring column helped Reed accomplish the feat.

Freshman phenom Gabby Williams led the way for Reed with 16 points. Sierra Hooft and Nyasha LeSure both chipped in 15 points, while Micah Walker and Joanna Phillips finished with 14 and 12 points respectively.

The Reed offense got going early with a 28-point first quarter. Despite the big early point production, Spanish Springs hung around for a most of the first quarter.

Spanish Springs got back-to-back 3-pointers from Sam Owens on its first two possessions and led 6-2 just over a minute into the game. The two teams traded buckets for much of the next four minutes and it resulted in a 13-13 deadlock.

Cougars senior Julianna Waller dropped in a layup for the tie with 3:40 to go in the first period. But that's when Reed put together one of its telltale spurts. The Raiders reeled off 13 straight points in just over two minutes. A pair of runners by Williams capped the spurt and left the visitors with a 26-13 lead with 1:15 still left in the first quarter.

"We do always seem to get that run and it's usually at the end of the first quarter or beginning of the second," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "Teams tend to stay with us for awhile and then we change up defenses and that gives us a spark. We are always changing it up defensively and that's my job to find what will work. Our defense always feeds our offense. We've got more defenses than offensive plays."

Each team added a bucket in the final 30 seconds of the period and Reed took a 28-15 advantage into the second quarter.

Spanish Springs got a putback from Riley Holladay and Waller made 1 of 2 free throws for the Cougars as they trimmed the Reed lead to 10, 28-18,

two minutes into the second quarter.

The Raiders took full control from there, stringing together 14 unanswered points. Reed wound up taking a 42-20 lead into the locker room at the intermission.

"Reed is that good. You wouldn't know it by the score but I actually thought we played better this time than we did the first time," Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said, alluding to a 76-34 loss her team took at Reed in mid-December. "We attacked their pressure better and did more good things. They

are just very good and they make you pay for the mistakes you make."

Reed continued to build on its lead and pull away, outscoring Spanish Springs 14-9 and 26-6 in the third and fourth quarters.

The Raiders helped their cause by forcing 28 Spanish Springs turnovers while only committing eight. The SSHS squad did hold a 25-20 rebounding edge, but Reed was unfazed due largely to its 33-58 (57 percent) shooting performance.

The Raiders (17-0, 10-0) play again Tuesday at home against Galena while Spanish Springs (10-10, 4-6) hosts Douglas the same day. Both games tip off at 6 p.m.
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