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Fast start propels Reed girls to easy win
by Aaron Retherford
Feb 07, 2012 | 534 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It didn’t take long for the Reed girls basketball team to show the visiting Hug Hawks they were in for a long night.

Reed scored the first 12 points of the game in less than four minutes of action and cruised to a 61-25 home triumph Tuesday night in High Desert League action.

Hug put up three points on the scoreboard in the first quarter on a Celeste Henderson putback and free throw.

The trouble for the Hawks was, the Raiders had more than one player doing their scoring.

Senior Sierra Hooft scored eight straight points for Reed, all on layups, as she led the home team to a 20-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. Hooft scored all 10 of her points on the night in the first quarter.

It only got worse for the visiting squad.

Reed tallied the first seven points of the second quarter thanks to a Gabby Williams 3-pointer that was sandwiched by two buckets in the paint by Tina Vernon.

Makaela Moore’s sixth point of the quarter pushed the Raiders’ edge to 35-9 with 3:26 to go before halftime.

Williams followed with another trey, this time taking one dribble to the right and pulling the trigger.

Nyasha LeSure scored down low with her left hand after an impressive spin move to avoid Henderson’s block. Cori Gammon closed out the 11-0 run with a layup at the 44-second mark, leaving Reed in a 42-9 lead at the break.

“We’re working on moving without the basketball,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “It’s something we’re putting in for playoffs. It’s something a little different, trying to get a little more movement and prevent doubles. So it’s good that we have these couple of games to practice it.”

A bright point for the Hawks occurred in the third period. Instead of the Raiders building a 40-point lead to initiate the running-clock mercy rule, which seemed likely with a 33-point advantage to start the second half, Hug won the third quarter.

Mele Lotulelei scored six of the Hawks’ 10 third-quarter points as they outscored the Blue and Gold 10-9. Hug got as close as 46-19, but Brooke Cervantes made two layups in the final 37 seconds of the quarter to give Reed a 50-19 lead at the end of three.

The Raiders again threatened to push the margin to 40 points.

After Hug opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, LeSure sank back-to-back shots from inside the paint to spark a 9-0 spurt. Williams knocked down a trey for her 15th point and Cervantes ended the run with a basket down low, increasing the lead to 59-21 with 3:45 to play.

The Raiders needed just one more bucket to keep the clock moving, but they didn’t get it in time as Hug scored the next four points. Williams ended the game with a score, giving her a game-high 17 points.

LeSure had 12 and Moore finished with eight to spread out the scoring for the hosts.

Henderson paced Hug with 11 points, while Lotulelei added 10 in the losing cause.

Reed (17-2, 15-0 in Northern 4A) closes out the regular season with a home game against North Valleys Friday night at 6 p.m.
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