Despite trailing by the largest deficit of the game, 48-39, heading into the fourth quarter, Reed erupted in the final eight minutes.
McQueen turned the ball over on seven straight possessions without taking a shot in the fourth quarter and watched its nine-point edge evaporate into thin air as Reed opened the fourth on a 20-2 run and secured a 65-55 victory.
“I think the energy just picked up. For whatever reason, we were flat in the first three quarters and then the energy picked up. Defensively we started to force a little bit of the tempo. We made a couple contested shots, and the rim just got bigger for us,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said.
Dylan McKenzie, who hit six 3-pointers against Wooster two days earlier, was the focal point of the Lancers’ defensive scheme. He only got one good look from the outside during the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter was all McKenzie.
The first of three McKenzie three-point bombs in the fourth, cut the deficit to 48-44 with 7:08 on the clock.
After McQueen hit its only shot from the field in the first 6:49 of the fourth to push the lead back up to six, McKenzie came down and hit another 3-pointer.
The Lancers turned the ball over for a second straight possession, and McKenzie ripped the twine on a third shot from long range, tying the game at 50-50 with 5:44 remaining. He scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.
The next three McQueen possessions all ended without a shot attempt. After the fifth consecutive turnover, Hall called a timeout and drew up a play in hopes of breaking the deadlock after coming away empty-handed on the previous two trips down the floor. That’s exactly what happened.
Devin Gray rattled home a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner, giving the Raiders a 53-50 lead, their first lead of the game since it was 4-3.
The northwest Reno school ended up giving the ball back to Reed on seven straight possessions without taking a shot, and the home team made the most of those opportunities. Kyle Ross scored on a fast break, and then he hit Gray with a diagonal pass for a bucket down low, increasing the Raiders’ edge to 57-50.
A pair of free throws by McKenzie helped Reed match McQueen’s largest lead of the game, and the 20-2 run left the scoreboard reading 59-50 with 1:38 to play. Reed’s largest lead of the game was 11 points, 63-52.
“I think it’s the team as a whole, the fact we have 12 guys who can all get in and play. Conditioning in the fourth quarter, we’d like to think will benefit us,” Hall said. “I felt we just wore on them and wore on them. They played great for three quarters. We had some confidence and guys made plays.
“We have a lot of returners, and that’s a game we lose last year probably by 15 because we’d put our heads down. This year, there’s a lot of pride in the locker room.”
It didn’t look promising for the Raiders through the first three quarters.
McQueen took an 18-10 lead after eight minutes of play. A 6-0 run by the Lancers allowed them to double up on the hosts’ score, 16-8, with just over two minutes remaining in the first. The gap never grew to more than eight points in the first half.
McKenzie finally found himself free for a shot and opened the second quarter with a trey. Teammate A.J. Silva scored on the Raiders’ next possession and all of a sudden it was a three-point game, 18-15, just 47 seconds into the second quarter. It was still a three-point margin, 20-17, before McQueen rallied for five unanswered to grab a 25-17 advantage.
The Raiders played catch-up again and a Gray 3-pointer closed out the half’s scoring, leaving McQueen ahead by only two, 33-31.
The Lancers came out of the break and immediately built on its lead with six straight points, controlling the third quarter. They led by eight twice and nine a couple times as well, including the end of the quarter.
Five different players finished with 10 points on the night. Silva and Ross had 10 for Reed, while Dakota Allinson, Kyle Eckert and Kody Eckert did for McQueen.
Reed (4-3, 4-0 in Northern 4A) is off until Jan. 6 when it hosts Douglas at 7:30 p.m.
Reed 75, McQueen 37
The Lady Raiders used stifling defense in the first half, holding the Lancers to eight points in each of the first two quarters and never looked back in the lopsided home win Thursday night.
“I’m really happy with my team and the way they’re playing defense,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “The first-year varsity players are stepping up and matching the intensity of my leaders, so I like that a lot.”
Reed wasn’t immediately threatening to institute the running clock mercy rule during the second half with only a 25-point halftime lead. But by scoring the first nine points after the break, the Raiders were poised to make the second half a fast one.
Sophomore point guard Gabby Williams swiped a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup to start the run, 20 seconds into the second half. Williams then fired a cross-court pass to sophomore sharpshooter Tyler Sumpter for a 3-pointer from the corner, giving the home team its first 30-point edge, 46-16.
Two more consecutive buckets by Reed made it a 50-16 game with 5:57 on the third-quarter clock.
After the Lancers cut it to 52-20, the Raiders went on a 6-0 spurt to get within a basket of the mercy rule.
With 2:15 left in the third, Reed led 60-21. The Blue and Gold had a chance for a basket to go up by more than 40 points and start a running clock. Mary Dettling was tripped from behind on what could have turned into a breakaway, but there was no call.
McQueen then proceeded to take advantage of Red playing mostly reserves, scoring the final five points of the quarter on a 3-pointer by Emma White and a fast-break layup by Sierra Baker. That left the scoreboard reading 60-26 after three quarters of action.
Early in the fourth quarter, back-to-back buckets by Lauren Mathis got McQueen to within 30 again, 62-32. Midway through the final period, the Lancers were even closer, 66-37.
However, that’s as close as the visitors would get as a Sumpter trey, followed by three straight scores by Tina Vernon made up a 9-0 rally that brought Reed within one basket of the mercy rule again, but the 75-37 score remained until the end of the contest.
Sumpter led all scorers with 27 points after knocking down five shots from behind the arc. Williams added 14, and Vernon and Hooft both scored 11.
Mathis was the lone Lancer in double figures with 10.
Reed (5-0, 5-0 in Northern 4A) will take on its first non-league opponent this winter on Tuesday. The Raiders open the West Coast Jamboree at 2:30 p.m. against Eastside College Prep. All games are at Deer Valley High School in the East Bay Area.