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Wooster girls no match for Reed
by Dan Eckles
Dec 18, 2012 | 2495 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed forward Tina Vernon (#34) scored 18 points in the Raiders' rompat Wooster Tuesday.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reed forward Tina Vernon (#34) scored 18 points in the Raiders' rompat Wooster Tuesday.
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RENO – The Reed Raiders turned in a season-best offensive performance and crushed outmanned Wooster Tuesday night, cruising to an 87-50 romp in a girls prep basketball crossover-league game.

Tyler Sumpter buried four 3-pointers and paced Reed’s offensive explosion, finishing with 26 points. The junior shooting guard wasn’t the only Raider to have a big night. Junior point guard Gabby Williams and junior post Tina Vernon put on stellar offensive shows too, chipping in 22 and 18 points respectively.

“We got a lot of easy shots,” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “We shot the ball pretty well and got our posts involved.”

Trailing 6-5 two-plus minutes into the game, Reed scored the next nine points and never trailed again. The Raiders led 21-10 by the end of the first quarter.

Wooster’s Mexes Rodriguez knocked down a trey to start the second quarter’s scoring. Reed responded by scoring 15 of the next 17 points, forging ahead 36-15 after a steal and layup by Williams midway through the period.

The two teams traded points into halftime where Reed held a 44-22 edge. Reed couldn’t pull away in the third. It only outscored its Wooster hosts 22-18 in the eight-minute stretch.

The RHS crew did put up 22 points in the fourth, including the last 10 points of the game. Wooster managed 10 in the final period and was saddled with the 37-point defeat.

The Colts got 16 points from Rodriguez, 15 from Tricia Christie and 12 from Jolene Fry.

Wooster (5-7), which was limited to 24 total points, 12 through three quarters, in a loss to Spanish Springs Saturday, did score 50 against Reed’s defense. That’s what left Ramirez looking for more.

“When you’re shooting quickly, that makes for more possessions,” Ramirez said. “But our defense needs to get sharper. It’s not where I want it to be."

Reed improved to 5-0 on the season. All five wins are league victories. Outside of a 55-50 win over North rival Reno, Reed has four lopsided wins. The Raiders’ schedule gets a lot tougher this weekend. Reed travels to Phoenix to play in the Nike Tournament of Champions. The RHS hoopsters tip off the tourney Thursday against Narbonne High of Harbor City, Calif. at 12:30 p.m.

“I’m excited that we’ll get these games under our belt,” Ramirez said. “We’ve got work to do, but I think we’re on the right track.”
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