The Silver State Slam at McQueen High pitted a pair of state semifinalists from last year against each other in the early morning clash and Reed junior Gabby Williams didn’t disappoint, pouring in a career high 43 points in the Raiders’ 78-54 win over Foothill.
The two teams battled through the first half as the Falcons hit some threes and stayed close, trailing 32-28 at the break.
Williams scored 12 points in the first quarter but only had two in the second. Foothill’s plan of playing a box-and-1 on Reed shooting guard Tyler Sumpter was working. The Falcons were content on letting Williams have her points as long as the rest of the Raiders didn’t hurt them. They didn’t plan on what happened after the break.
Williams scored 29 points in the second half and helped the Blue and Gold take control.
Foothill tied the game at 32-32 by scoring the first four points of the third quarter, but it was all Reed after that point.
Brooke Cervantes hit a 3-pointer for Reed and Williams swiped a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup and a 37-32 Raiders edge.
“I thought we came out a little sluggish. We played good the third and fourth quarter. Our press looked a lot better,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “Gabby had 43, but it didn’t feel like that.”
Near the midway point of the third, Williams scored six straight points and Cervantes added a 3-pointer and a layup for an 11-0 run, which increased Reed’s lead to 54-40.
Foothill answered with six consecutive points before Williams closed out the third with a bucket down low, leaving the Raiders with a 56-46 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of action.
The teams traded baskets early on until Reed broke it open with 13 unanswered points. Sumpter knocked down a trey from the corner to cap the rally and push the gap to a game-high 24 points, 76-52. The coaches went to their benches and the teams each scored two more points.
“We had Gabby up top a little more in the zone that we did. We got more deflections and started face guarding. We started putting some pressure on them,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “When we put pressure on teams, they start turning the ball over and we convert the turnovers. The first half we were just not awake to pressure. The second half I think that was the main difference, and we were getting some layups.”
Sumpter and Cervantes both dropped in 10 points to join Williams in double figures.
Reed had a few hours before it took the court again in its final contest of the tournament. This time there wasn’t a slow start as the outcome was never in doubt in an 80-37 triumph over Clark.
Sumpter led all scorers with 29 points, while Williams added 19 to help the Raiders improve to 11-2. Cervantes contributed 12 to the winning cause.
Sumpter scored 11 of Reed’s 25 first-quarter points and Williams had eight in the initial quarter to help the RHS cagers avoid a slow start.
“We made some easy buckets off the bat,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “We were boxing out a lot better than the last couple days.”
Reed will now get ready for a league matchup with North Valleys. The Raiders head to NVHS for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off on Jan. 8.