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Girls playoff picture clear
by Aaron Retherford
Feb 09, 2012 | 640 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Heading into the final prep girls basketball league game of the season, there won’t be much drama.

All eight playoff teams and positions were set after Tuesday night’s games.

For the Reed Raiders, they knew they were destined to be the High Desert League’s top seed last week, so they will use their last two games as glorified practices to prepare new things for the playoffs. Reed has other things it needs to worry about though.

The Raiders are the least healthy heading into the postseason than they have been in recent years. Point guard Gabby Williams is slowly working through knee problems and is beginning to trust her legs after increasing her time on the court the past two games.

However, sophomore sharpshooter Tyler Sumpter will be out this entire week and is scheduled to see the doctor again on Monday. She has been told to not even shoot during her downtime.

“I am worried, but it’s something I think every team has to go through,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “Gabby should be back to 100 percent. Tyler might be a little rusty because they told her to not even shoot. As a coach I’m preparing not to have her, so whatever she gives us is a bonus.”

Because of injuries, Reed has only had six players practicing this week, so Schopper has brought up three JV players to work out with the team for some extra bodies. Starting Saturday, the JV and freshman boys will help the Raiders prepare against tougher pressure.

Schopper isn’t worried about Reed’s first-round matchup with Sierra League fourth seed Douglas, but a meeting with cross-town rival Spanish Springs on the Cougars’ home floor could be looming in the semifinals, and that scares Schopper a little, especially if her team isn’t fully healthy.

However, Spanish Springs will need to win its first-round playoff game at Carson against the No. 2 seeded Senators. The Cougars swept their slate against Sierra League competition, including a 48-42 win over Carson. That game was at home though.

But like Reed, Spanish Springs’ last game against Hug tonight doesn’t mean anything for seeding purposes. The Cougars had a shot at earning a No. 2 seed and a home playoff game, but they lost at Reno Tuesday night.

Still, SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles is pleased with how her team is playing at this point in the season.

“I feel like we’re playing pretty well,” Eckles said. “I think the girls have a good understanding of what their roles are and they’re performing well in those roles.”

While Spanish Springs knows who its opponent will be Tuesday night in the regional quarterfinals and can use the regular-season finale as a tune-up, the Cougars will be careful not to forget about taking care of the business at hand.

“I think knowing we’ve already secured the three seed and knowing that we’ll play Carson, we’ll be wanting to make sure we’re playing well and maybe working on a couple things that we might need to do in that game,” Eckles said. “On the same note, we have a goal to finish our season with a win. We’re not going to look past them (Hug).

“The teams we’ve lost to have been Reed and Reno, which definitely seem to be in a class of their own right now. We’ve taken pride in that we’ve beat everyone else, which puts us hopefully in a little bit of an elite category. We don’t want to tarnish that by not playing well and taking care of business by beating Hug on Friday. We’re kind of accomplishing two goals with one game.”

On the Sierra League side, Bishop Manogue claimed the top seed with Carson, Galena and Douglas following.

In the High Desert League, Reno was the runner-up and McQueen took the final playoff spot.

•In the 3A, Sparks also has one game left. While the Railroaders will close out the season tonight against Whittell, the only league opponent they’ve beaten, the Maroon and Gold has no postseason aspirations with the lone Mount Rose League victory.
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