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Reed, Spanish Springs girls cruise; Sparks comes up short
by Aaron Retherford
Dec 15, 2012 | 3094 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Maybe it was the earlier than normal start for a Saturday game, but the Reed and McQueen girls basketball teams’ offenses were anything but sharp in the first quarter of their High Desert League affair.

Once that rust wore off for one of the teams, Reed rolled to a 70-27 home win.

“We played last night in Douglas, so we got home pretty late, and today was earlier than we’re used to playing. I don’t think my players were awake,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “It took us a while to get warm even though we had a shootaround. Then we got it going. The second quarter was a lot better.”

The Raiders led 15-5 after one quarter of play, but the teams combined for five points over the last four minutes of the period.

It took the HDL foes barely a minute into the second quarter to outscore that sluggish span of the opening quarter.

Reed standout Gabby Williams extended the hosts’ lead to 19-5 less than a minute into the second quarter when she dropped in a runner and went coast-to-coast for a layup.

For McQueen, Emma White answered with a fast-break layup, cutting the deficit to 12, 19-7, at the 6:53 mark of the second. The Lancers never got closer than a dozen as Williams and her teammates owned the remainder of the first half.

Tina Vernon scored down low and Williams knocked down a pull-up jumper for a 23-7 Raiders edge.

McQueen got back to within 12 again thanks to a pair of free throws by White and a putback by Makenna Backstrom. However, the northwest Reno school was held to without a field goal for the final 4:31 of the half as Reed went on an 18-2 run to head into halftime with a 41-13 lead.

Vernon had six points during the run, while Williams and TT McFalls added five apiece.

Williams also got a surprise at halftime as she was presented a medal for earning a position as an alternate for the U.S. Olympic team after placing fifth in the high jump at the Olympic trials over the summer.

The Blue and Gold got right back down to business in the second half.

Reed pushed its lead past the 30-point plateau when Brooke Cervantes hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to open up the third quarter’s scoring. Cervantes then made a layup on a fast break, increasing the gap to 46-13.

It didn’t take long for the Raiders to extend the margin to the 40-point barrier and institute the running-clock mercy rule.

White did her best to help the Lancers keep pace with the Raiders, but back-to-back treys by Megan Dettling made it a 54-15 ballgame.

White came down a hit a runner only to watch Cervantes rip the twine from behind the arc for a 40-point advantage, 57-17, with 4:11 to go in the third quarter.

McQueen trailed 59-21 heading into the fourth quarter after White was perfect from the free-throw line after time expired. She scored six of McQueen’s eight third-quarter points and finished with a team-high 12 points.

Early in the fourth, McQueen strung together six straight points, closing the gap to 61-27 with 5:27 to play.

Cervantes poured in eight straight points, including consecutive treys to account for the final 70-27 margin.

Cervantes led all scorers with 20 points on the strength of four 3-pointers. Williams added 17 in limited action, while Vernon had 12. Dettling knocked down a trio of 3-pointers for nine points.

“They’ve been getting a lot of shots in practice. They have the green light right now to get a rhythm,” Schopper-Ramirez said of Cervantes and Dettling. “They’re going to be big factors at the end of the year when we play everybody a second time. If they’re hitting threes, that’s going to open it up for Gabby and Tyler (Sumpter).”

Reed (5-0) is at Wooster Tuesday night for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

Spanish Springs 57, Wooster 24

The Cougars didn’t have anyone reach double figures in scoring, but a balanced effort led to a rout at Wooster Saturday.

Despite a slow start, Spanish Springs more than doubled up on the Colts, taking a 33-point victory in the crossover league game.

Lyndsey Anderson and Hannah Woytek both paced the Cougs with nine points. Laneesha Terrance and KK Lang added eight points apiece as 10 different Cougars found the scoring column.

Wooster made its only bucket of the first quarter at the 3:19 mark, cutting the deficit to 5-2. But Spanish Springs answered with a 17-2 run and took a 30-6 lead into halftime.

Spanish Springs outrebounded Wooster 42-32 and forced 29 turnovers compared to only 15 committed.

“I thought we played well on the defensive end. Offensively we started out slow and missed some easy shots,” SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles said. “We preach that we have to defend and rebound, so we did that, which allowed us to weather the little storm of the ball not going in. We just added a little bit of focus and we were able to get going offensively as well.”

Fallon 50, Sparks 35

In the Division I-A, Krystal Parker and Kaitlyn Vandever scored all but two of Sparks’ points, but the Railroaders would need a third scorer in its matchup with Fallon Saturday, falling 50-35.

“Our girls are starting to understand the game and starting to bite into it and understand that you have to play with passion and aggression,” Sparks girls basketball coach Frank Avilla said. “They’re starting to play together as a team and playing hard. The mistakes they are making are mistakes that can be corrected.”

Parker knocked down seven 3-pointers en route to a 21-point performance and Vandever added 12, but it wasn’t enough against the Greenwave.

Sparks trailed 28-19 after the first half, but couldn’t make up any ground in the second as it dropped to 0-4 on the season.

Sparks will take on Hug Saturday in a non-league contest.
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