In the end, they were still good enough for a 71-55 road victory.
“It was a really inconsistent kind of performance,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “Two minutes of really good basketball, two minutes of really bad basketball and it all balanced out.”
Reed stormed out of the gate, using its press to fluster North Valleys.
Trae Wells tallied the first six points of the game and the Raiders snatched an 8-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
While Reed outscored North Valleys 15-2 over a span of 3:21 to start and end the first half, the rest of the first and second quarters belonged mostly to the north Reno school.
The Panthers found a way to break down the press and also watched the Raiders miss a handful of layups that allowed the hosts to claw back into the game.
With 3:27 remaining in the first quarter, Ajay Bains ripped the twine on a 3-pointer from the corner, pushing the Raiders ahead by double digits for the first time, 15-4.
However, Reed only scored two more points in the opening quarter, which broke up what would have been a 10-0 NVHS run. Instead, the Panthers scored the last five points of the first quarter and the first two of the second period to close the gap to three, 17-14.
North Valleys was shooting 1-and-1 from the line with six minutes to play in the first half, but it couldn’t take advantage, making only three free throws in the second quarter. Still, the Panthers rallied, knotting the game at 26-26 when Ian Flanary dropped in a layup on the fast break. But North Valleys could not take its first lead.
Kenny Malizia swished a trey from the left wing and Ty Shepard scored on back-to-back breakaways as Reed increased its advantage to 33-26 with the 7-0 run.
Flanary stopped the bleeding, laying in a shot at the buzzer to cut the halftime deficit to 33-28.
Flanary had his hand in a third-quarter comeback, scoring consecutive baskets to make it a 38-35 ballgame and then his bucket in the paint sliced the margin down to one, 40-39. Again, the Panthers could not take the lead.
“Defensively, we just had to buckle down. The first three or four minutes (of the game) we were getting stops. After the first few minutes, we just started leaking out instead of going after a rebound first. They got a lot of offensive rebounds and second-chance points,” Hall said. “We just went back to the basics, defending the half court, rebounding the ball and then go.”
An 8-0 rally by the Raiders midway through the third quarter extended the cushion to 48-39 with 3:08 on the clock.
Reed was able to push the edge to double digits by closing out the third with a 3-pointer by Shepard and a putback by Bains. That left the RHS cagers with a 57-45 lead after three quarters.
The Raiders led by 15 three different times in the fourth quarter before taking a game-high 17-point lead, 69-52, with 2:35 left in the contest.
Reed (7-6, 3-3) got balanced scoring with Shepard’s 15 leading the way. Devin Gray and Wells added 10 apiece.
Flanary paced the Panthers with 15, while Mauricio Varela chipped in with 13.
The Raiders will host Bishop Manogue at 7 p.m. Friday night.
The Reed girls made quick work of North Valleys, almost as quick as possible. The Raiders took a 31-point lead into halftime, and the running clock started rolling four minutes into the second half as the visitors cruised to a 71-32 victory.
Reed went up by 30 with two minutes remaining in the first half. North Valleys answered back and the teams see-sawed into the locker rooms.
The Panthers tried to keep the gap under 30 when Madison Enix banked home a 3-pointer, making it 46-17, with 35 seconds to play in the second quarter.
However, the Blue and Gold went back up by the 31-point margin thanks to a baseline jumper by Annesha Mwakapuma.for a 48-17 edge at the break.
Gabby Williams scored eight of Reed’s first 10 points of the third quarter, but it was a 3-pointer from the wing by Mwakapuma that gave the Raiders the 40-point edge (61-21) they needed to institute the running clock. Reed led 65-23 heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Williams sat the fourth quarter, but already had a game-high 32 points on the night.
But the lack of her presence allowed the Panthers to outscore the Raiders 9-6 in the final quarter. Haley Bowen scored all nine of those points for North Valleys, finishing with a team-high 15 points.
Reed's Tyler Sumpter added 14 in the win.
“I thought we did well. We’re working on some new defenses. We kept our hands up, and I thought we did a good job,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “We moved the ball well on offense and got some open shots. But defense is going to set the tempo for our offense.”
Reed (11-2, 6-0) is back on the court at home at 5:15 p.m. Friday against Bishop Manogue.