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Williams, Sumpter power Raiders to pair of victories
by Damian Tromerhauser
Dec 27, 2012 | 2949 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Gabby Williams pulls up for a jumper during second-half action of her team's win over Lovelock Thursday morning.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Gabby Williams pulls up for a jumper during second-half action of her team's win over Lovelock Thursday morning.
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No matter how hard the Weston Ranch Cougars tried, Reed junior guard Tyler Sumpter seemed to always slide into an open spot before knocking down a bucket with ease. Trying to locate Sumpter while also stopping junior guard Gabby Williams proved too much for Weston Ranch as the Raiders coasted to an 83-63 victory Thursday night.

Sumpter netted a game-high 32 points, including five 3-pointers, while Williams added 22 points as RHS fended off a third-quarter rally by the Cougars for the win.

“We flashed well to the gaps,” Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “It all goes through our point guards and Gabby and Brooke (Cervantes) have been taking care of the ball well. Tyler has been doing an excellent job moving. She’s not standing in one spot. She’s relocating to different spots on the floor and finding spaces where we can find her to hit the open shot. The key thing is everyone is moving.”

Early on its second game of the Silver State Slam at McQueen High School, Reed looked as though it would run away from Weston Ranch. Unfortunately for RHS, a lackluster effort on the glass allowed its opponent to hang around as it handed the Cougars an abundance of second and sometimes third chance points.

Reed wasted no time jumping on the Cougars as it took a 16-4 lead behind a pair of triples from Sumpter four minutes into the contest. At the end of the first quarter, the Raiders held a 26-15 advantage.

A scoop layup from Williams and a three from the corner by Sumpter helped the Raiders push their lead to 35-20 at the 6:30 mark of the second quarter. Reed held its lead through the remainder of the first half as it went into the intermission with a 45-31 edge.

Out of the break, it looked as the Blue and Gold would put the game out of range for the Cougars. Sumpter hit yet another triple just six seconds into the third quarter, followed by a layup by Brooke Cervantes 12 seconds later to leave the Raiders up 50-31. Holding a near 20-point edge though, Reed got a little lax and let Weston Ranch back into the game.

Going into a full-court press and taking advantage of a soft rebounding effort from Reed, the Cougars strung together a 13-2 spurt to cut the deficit to single digits at 52-44 at the 3:58 mark of the third.

“They threw a press at us and we just kind of got a little bit careless with the ball,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “We just have to keep our composure when we see a press. Sometimes it keeps us off balance. There were a few times we broke the press but didn’t finish, so it kept the margin close.

“On top of that, we were struggling a little bit boxing out. Sometimes you think you’re so athletic and you can just out-jump everyone. If you play with that mindset, then sometimes you forget to do the little things. We need to clean up the glass. I thought our offense was fine and our defense was there. If we could have just didn’t give them second shots, it probably would have been a larger margin. Rebounds are definitely something we are going to work on.”

The Raiders responded with eight unanswered points to push their lead to 60-44 two minutes later, but a 7-2 WRHS burst left the Cougars in striking distance at 62-51 and a quarter to play.

Reed quickly dashed the Cougars’ comeback hopes with a 13-2 run to open the first four minutes of the final quarter, leaving the scoreboard reading 75-53 and cruising to the win.

Cervantes added to the outburst from Sumpter and Williams, finishing with 10 points.

Earlier in the day Reed took on Lovelock in a contest that Schopper-Ramirez said was much the same as the game against Weston Ranch, with the Raiders struggling to grab rebounds.

Posting just 10 and eight points in the first two quarters, RHS found itself in a 14-point hole with the Mustangs holding a 32-18 advantage at halftime. Lovelock’s double-digit lead could not withstand a second-half eruption from the Raiders though as Reed stormed back for a 67-46 victory.

Out of the break, the Raiders clamped down on defense and in turn fueled its offense. In the third quarter, Reed erased the 14-point intermission deficit, holding the Mustangs to 10 points while netting 24 of its own to seize the lead at 43-42 with the fourth quarter remaining.

Any hopes that Lovelock had of regaining the lead and holding on for the win were crushed as the Raiders held their opponent to four points over the final eight minutes en route to taking the comfortable victory.

Williams led the Raiders in the first contest, totaling 27 points. Sumpter tallied 17 points, while Cervantes chipped in with 16.

Reed (8-2) closes out the Silver State Slam today with games against Foothill at 8:30 a.m. and Clark at 1 p.m.

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