The Lady Raiders did what they were expected to do and dominated the Panthers in High Desert League girls basketball action, capping an undefeated regular season with a 73-35 road triumph.
“The girls are excited. I have to say this is the best we’ve done since Dick Allen’s reign of coaching,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “I think they’re excited to be 23-0. It’s big time. They should be excited about it and happy about it and proud of it.”
Like the teams’ first meeting when Reed posted a 52-point victory, Friday’s outcome was never in doubt.
With 3:55 left in the first quarter, Nyasha LeSure’s follow on her own miss put the Raiders up by double digits for the first time, 15-4. LeSure led the Raiders with 16 points. All but two of those came in the first half.
Less than two and a half minutes later, a pair of free throws by Sierra Hooft made it a 20-point game, 26-6.
The visitors closed out the first quarter by scoring 17 of the final 19 points to take a 28-6 lead into the second quarter.
The second quarter was far less fast-paced. Each team only scored one bucket through the first three and a half minutes.
After Reed went on a small 6-0 run, three straight turnovers allowed North Valleys’ Auntinique Williams to tally five straight points on a 3-pointer and a putback. That run cut Reed’s deficit to 34-13 with 3:10 to go in the first half.
The Blue and Gold took a 39-16 advantage into the locker room at the intermission by outscoring the hosts 11-10 in the second quarter.
The slow pace continued in the third quarter. Reed went methodical with its offense, commonly letting each player touch the ball during an offensive possession.
“We were obviously still pressing, but I wanted to see us score out of our half-court,” Schopper said. “We know we can score on breaks, but we’re working on a few different plays. We’ve been seeing a lot of zone lately, and I have a feeling we’ll see it in the playoffs, so we’re just working on some stuff.”
Freshman point guard Gabby Williams scored six of the Raiders’ 14 third-quarter points. She finished with 15 points on the night.
Hannah Woytek tried to keep the RHS cagers from pulling away further in the third. She had a fast break layup midway through the period and ended the quarter’s scoring by draining her second trey of the game, making the scoreboard read 53-25 heading into the final eight minutes of play. Woytek tied for game-high honors by leading the Panthers with 16 points.
The Raiders picked up the scoring in the fourth, pouring in 20 points while holding North Valleys to only 10.
Auntinique Williams added 13 points in the losing cause.
Makaela Moore was the third Raider in double figures. She had 11 points.
Reed (23-0, 16-0 in Northern 4A) will host a first-round regional Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when Damonte Ranch comes to the Rail City.