“I thought it went really well,” Reed coach Sara Schopper said. “Our defense stepped up. We got our hands on a lot to create little turnovers. We played well against their zone, especially with our shooter (Tyler Sumpter) being out. Our bench stepped up tonight and came out there ready to play. So I was happy with how we played.”
Reed jumped out to a quick 10-3 lead three minutes in to the contest and pushed its advantage to 15-7 with 2:08 to play in the first quarter. A lackadaisical end to the quarter allowed the Grizzlies to creep back in with a 7-2 run, leaving the score at 17-14 in favor of the Raiders.
The first eight minutes of the matchup would be the highlight of the night for Galena as the Raiders took over from that point, controlling every of aspect of the game the rest of the way.
“Every game is going to be close the first quarter,” Schopper said. “You’re not going to win it in the first quarter. I think we missed a few little chippers, but I think the game plan was still there. We just didn’t convert well. In the first quarter we are kind of feeling out what they’re in, what they’re running and where their gaps are. Usually by the second and third quarter, we have it figured out and know where to attack and cut. That’s what we did. From there, we played hard and we executed.”
Using a 9-2 burst in the opening minutes of the second quarter to grab its first double-digit lead of the game, 26-16, Reed never looked back. After two free throws by the Grizzlies, Reed then strung together 11 unanswered to catapult itself to a 37-18 lead. The Raiders went into the intermission up 37-20.
Nothing changed coming out of the locker room as Reed continued to pour it on with run after run. Senior guard Sierra Hooft sparked nine straight points to start the third with a three from the corner, which extended the Raider advantage to 46-20. Hooft then set off another run, this time grabbing a steal and going coast to coast for an easy layup that kindled a 10-2 spurt, placing the Raiders 30 points ahead of Galena with the scoreboard reading 56-26. Two Galena (7-11 overall, 4-6 in Northern 4A) layups closed out the quarter, but the game was well in hand for Reed.
The fourth played out with the teams exchanging all 11 baskets in the final quarter, leading to the 68-40 result.
The Raiders were led on the night by their dynamic duo of sophomore point guard Gabby Williams and Hooft, as they finished the night with 22 and 19 points, respectively. For Schopper, having both girls on the court for her is quite the advantage.
“Gabby creates shots for herself and for her teammates,” Schopper said. “She’s so quick and athletic. She just makes things happen for us. We go as she goes. As for Sierra, she does a great job of cutting and finding the basket. Our defense is what sets up our offense. When those two are in rhythm defensively like they were tonight on the top of the trap, they can score as much as they want.
“It’s hard to stop them because they’re so tall. So you can put a little point guard on them, but then with their height, they are just above everybody else and they both have a wingspan that’s pretty incredible. They can get after it.”
Reed (13-2, 11-0) will return to the court when it hosts High Desert League rival Reno Friday at 6 p.m.