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Reed girls fall in Phoenix
by Tribune Staff
Dec 21, 2012 | 2202 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed girls basketball team wanted to get in some games against stiff competition during its preseason schedule this winter. The Raiders, who hope to defend their Nevada large school state championship, got all they bargained for and then some Friday.

Hamilton, of suburban Phoenix, handed the Raiders a 72-52 thumping during Day 2 action at the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. It was Reed's worst loss since an 84-57 February 2011 state semifinal loss to eventual state champion Centennial.

"We missed a lot of shots," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "They pressed us and they were really good. But that's why we came down here, to play tough teams under pressure and in tight games.

"This can be good. Our other girls stepped up and defended. I was proud of our team. I hope we bounce back tomorrow, take better care of the ball against the press and finish our layups."

Hamilton had no answer for Reed's Gabby Williams, who poured in 32 points in the losing effort. Unfortunately for the RHS crew, only three other players scored. Reed's sharp-shooting junior guard Tyler Sumpter re-aggravated an ankle injury and saw limited minutes. She scored only six points and none in the second half.

Reed jumped out to an 18-12 lead after the first period, but trailed 28-24 at the half.

Hamilton went on to post a pair of 22-point periods in the third and fourth quarters and held Reed to 28 points in the second half, pulling away for the 20-point triumph.

It doesn't get any easier for Reed Saturday. The Raiders meet perennial northern California power Sacramento High School at 12:30 p.m. The game will be for third place in the schools' respective bracket and is Reed's last game of the three-day tournament.

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