The Raiders went to Reno High to face the other perennial northern power and proved there might not be a team to come within double digits of the Blue and Gold this year as long as the east Sparks school plays to its potential.
Reed utilized a 15-0 run in the first quarter and got past the Huskies 71-59 in a High Desert League clash.
“For our third game, I thought we stepped up and played well. We found a way to win,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “Reno is going to make runs. We survived them and stayed up on top.”
For a few seconds, Reno looked like it might have the answer for Reed. A CC Sobrio 3-pointer gave the home team a 3-2 lead 28 seconds into the game. But the Huskies watched as the Raiders scored the next 15 points and Reno could not hit an open shot.
The Huskies went seven minutes without making a shot from the field. Only a trio of free throws by Morgan McGuire kept Reed from pulling away further. The Raiders led by as much 17 points, 23-6, with 42 seconds to go in the first.
A Sobrio floater and Savanah Shulz 3-pointer ended the long drought from the field and helped the Huskies close the gap to 25-11 by the quarter’s end.
Reno gradually chipped away at the double-digit lead in the second quarter.
Shulz opened the second quarter with a trey. Her third shot from behind the arc later in the quarter was part of a 5-0 run that closed the gap to the smallest margin of the second quarter, 32-25, with 2:52 remaining before halftime.
Reed responded immediately. Tyler Sumpter came down the court and knocked down a 3-pointer, pushing Reed’s lead back up to 10. It also started an 8-0 rally.
Shulz stopped the Raiders’ momentum with her fourth 3-pointer of the half, but Nyasha LeSure closed out the first half’s scoring with a nice move in the paint, increasing Reed’s halftime edge to 42-29.
Reno continued finding holes in Reed’s defense, allowing the Huskies open shots. A McGuire turnaround down low in the paint made it a single-digit game again, 47-38 at the 4:41 mark of the third period.
Reno also kept firing up shots from the outside because the Raiders failed to contest those shots. The Huskies’ eighth and ninth 3-pointers of the night by Sobrio and Shannon Gough allowed Reno to cut the deficit to eight and seven points respectively. Gough’s trey was the final bucket of the third as Reed only led 53-46 heading into the fourth quarter.
Reno immediately made the fourth quarter exciting. Gough drove to the hoop for a basket, and Sobrio ripped the twine from behind the arc, closing the gap to 53-51 a minute and a half into the final quarter.
The Raiders made sure their opponent did not take the lead, going back to their bread and butter. LeSure and Hooft scored consecutive buckets down low, which opened up the outside. A Hooft 3-pointer and another LeSure basket in the paint forged Reed ahead 64-52 with three minutes to play.
Reno didn’t go away though, answering with a Gough drive and Sobrio’s sixth 3-pointer, leaving the scoreboard to read 66-57 in favor of the visitors with two minutes on the clock. There was very little drama in those final two minutes.
Hooft finished with 23 points, while LeSure added 18 and Gabby Williams had 11 in the win.
The Huskies hit 11 3-pointers on the night, led by Sobrio’s six as she finished with a game-high 23 points. Shulz finished with 12 points. McGuire chipped in 11.
“We pick and choose who we leave open. We like to trap and pressure,” Schopper said. “Our shifts were a little off in some of the sets we were running. It is only our third game, so I’m not too disappointed. I see where the shifts and adjustments need to be made. By the time we play them again, we should have them. We’re trying to push a full-court game. We don’t want to sit in a half-court set with Reno because they’re really disciplined and run their sets well. When you push a full-court game, you’re going to leave some shots wide open.”
Reed (3-0, 3-0 in Northern 4A) is back in action against Wooster Tuesday night. Tip-off for the home game is scheduled for 6 p.m.