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Strong start propels Reed girls to victory
by Dan Eckles
Jan 06, 2012 | 1187 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s sophomore point guard, Gabby Williams (in white above), is defended by Douglas senior Tia Lyons in the second half of Friday night’s conference clash.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s sophomore point guard, Gabby Williams (in white above), is defended by Douglas senior Tia Lyons in the second half of Friday night’s conference clash.
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Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper wasn’t real pleased with her team’s intensity and energy level for much of its conference clash at RHS against Douglas Friday night.

Luckily for the Raiders, their first eight minutes of play were pretty much good enough to overcome any sloppy, flat play they had the rest of the night. Reed rolled up a 30-point first period and cruised to a 66-39 win over the visiting Tigers in a Northern 4A crossover league game.

“In the first quarter, we were great,” Schopper said. “We were focused and ready to play. We’re too good to turn it off like that. We need to keep focused and play hard off four quarters.”

Some full-court defense and a hot shooting stroke got Reed started off on the right foot. It turned a handful of Douglas turnovers into layups and along the way drained five 3-pointers in the first eight minutes of action.

Raiders sophomore shooting guard Tyler Sumpter buried four treys in the initial period to key the early onslaught. Sumpter finished with 19 points.

“She is shooting it well. There’s no doubt about it. She’s found her stroke,” Schopper said. “We want her to shoot like that that so we can go inside-out and go to work.”

Reed reeled off the first 10 points of the contest. After Douglas hung around for a few minutes and trailed 16-8, the hosts put together a string of 12 straight points en route to capturing a 30-10 lead at the first quarter’s conclusion.

The Raiders’ scoring pace slowed in the second quarter, but the local team still outscored its guests 14-5 in the second period and held a 44-15 halftime advantage.

A Gabby Williams runner at the 6:46 mark of the third period saw Reed’s lead eclipse the 30-point margin. The Raiders led 48-17 at that point and it looked like the RHS crew might enforce Nevada’s new 40-point second-half, running-clock mercy rule.

However, Douglas made sure that was not meant to be. The Minden school put together a 10-0 run of its own, a spurt capped by a pair of Ebony Cleveland free throws with 2:33 remaining in the third.

“We did some good things,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We have struggled to score at times just because we haven’t even been shooting. We did a better job of that tonight.

“We kept battling. That’s something we did do. We knew we had a huge task. Reed can shoot and run the floor and rebound. They’re a good team.”

That’s as good as it got for Douglas. Reed ripped off an 11-2 burst that bridged the end of the third and beginning of the fourth. That left the Raiders on top 59-29.

Douglas (7-9, 2-4) could get no closer than 23 points in the fourth quarter.

Williams added 19 points to Reed’s winning effort.

Tia Lyons scored 14 points for Douglas but was the lone Tigers player to score in double digits.

Reed (8-2, 6-0) returns to action Tuesday when it goes to Hug for a 6 p.m. High Desert League affair.

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