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Manogue, Reno girls advance to regional semifinals
by Tribune Staff
Feb 14, 2012 | 843 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sierra League champion Bishop Manogue took advantage of its home-court advantage and cashed in with a 59-49 first-round Northern 4A Tournament triumph over McQueen Tuesday night.

Manogue, which has lost just once since returning from Christmas Break, ran out to a 23-16 lead after the first period and cruised from there. The host Miners also outscored McQueen, the HDL's No. 4 seed, 16-9 in the second quarter en route to building a 39-25 halftime advantage.

"We penetrated the ball pretty well and got to the hole. We got some easy buckets and then were able to force a lot of turnovers in that first half," second-year Manogue coach Craig Holt said. "The first half was real up-tempo and then we actually slowed it down in the second half. We got that lead and wanted to be a little more patient."

Morgan Carlson led the Miners, contributing 16 points to the winning cause. Gabbi Concepcion added 14 for Manogue.

Sierra Baker threw in a game-high 19 points for McQueen, while Emma White chipped in 11.

Manogue improved to 18-8 overall. The Miners advance to a Northern 4A semifinal matchup against Reno at Spanish Springs High School Thursday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

"I've got to watch some film and have some work to do tomorrow," Holt said. "But we definitely think we can play with them. We think we can give them a game."

- Reno 64, Galena 37 -

•At Reno, the host Huskies used a decisive second quarter to blow out Sierra League No. 3 seed Galena.

Reno captured a 16-11 lead after the first period but took firm control with a big second eight minutes. Reno outscored Galena 21-5 in the tell-tale period, thanks in large part to stifling defense and hot shooting. CC Sobrio and Shannon Gough both knocked down a pair of treys in the second quarter as Reno buried 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the key period.

"We played well defensively there in the second and we hit some shots," Reno coach Shane Foster said. "They only scored five points and two of those were when Taylor Schaller hit a really tough shot with defenders in her face. We just played well and shot the ball well."

Reno wound up holding a 37-16 advantage at halftime. The Huskies then went on to nix any faint hopes Galena had of a comeback. Reno, the High Desert League runner-up, kept pouring it on after the intermission. It outscored Galena 17-9 in the third quarter to forge ahead 54-25, heading into the final quarter.

"The second quarter was key. But in the third quarter, we didn't let them get started," Foster said. We didn't let them get back in it. We had a pretty good first four minutes coming out (of halftime)."

Gough turned in a team-high 18 points for Reno. Morgan McGwire and Sobrio finished with 12 and 11 points respectively for the RHS crew.

Schaller turned in a solid effort for Galena. The senior accounted for more than half of her team's offense, posting 19 points in defeat.

Reno (25-4) now gears up for its regional semifinal against Manogue.

"I think it will be a good game," Foster said. "We're looking forward to it. They've got kids that can handle the ball and kids that can shoot it."
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