While driving to the basket, Williams went airborne after a Reno defender slid under her. Williams had nowhere to land and injured her right knee on the play. Tina Vernon was there for the putback, but the 2-0 lead was the lone advantage the Raiders enjoyed on the day.
Williams spent the next few minutes on the hardwood in obvious pain and then spent the rest of the first half on the trainer’s table. It was a different game after that as the Huskies had little trouble ending Reed’s 48-game winning streak against Northern D-1 opponents with a 55-43 victory.
“She’s a big part of our team, but I was proud of my team,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “We did go through a little scoring drought because she’s a big part of our offense, but we found a way. It’s actually pretty impressive because my team put up 43 points without her. If you add her points in there, we’re right there.”
With 6:55 on the first-quarter clock, Reno point guard Gigi Hascheff went to the charity stripe and made her first attempt and missed the second. Morgan McGwire was there for the putback, giving the hosts a 3-2 lead, a lead they never relinquished.
Reno scored four points within a 15-second span to take a 9-2 edge and force Reed to call a timeout.
A Vernon putback and three-point play by Brooke Cervantes closed the gap to 9-7 with 4:39 to play in the first quarter, but that’s the last time it was a one-possession game.
Reno tallied eight of the final 10 points of the first to claim a 17-9 advantage after the first eight minutes of action.
Shay Shaw drained a jumper to open the second quarter’s scoring, giving the Huskies their first double-digit lead of the game, 19-9. It wouldn’t be the last.
Vernon tried to keep Reed close with 10 first-half points, but the visitors could only cut the deficit to eight on three different occasions.
Reno got a strong effort from reserve guard Alyson Rippingham, who scored eight points in the first half along with Shaw, helping the Huskies hold a 30-17 edge at the break.
The second half started with Cervantes and Hascheff trading threes.
Reno forged ahead by 15, 37-22, following a McGwire bucket, but T.T. McFalls answered with a trey and a baby hook for five straight points, slicing the lead down to 37-27.
McFalls scored her seventh point of the third quarter to bring the Raiders to within 13 at the quarter’s end, 42-29.
There wasn’t much left to play for in the fourth after the Huskies opened the quarter with a pair of free throws and Hascheff added two more following a technical foul called on the Raider bench. That left the Huskies up by 17, 46-29, with 7:37 remaining.
The lead hovered around the 16- to 18-point mark for most of the fourth quarter.
Reed sharpshooter Tyler Sumpter finally found some open space in the closing minutes, swishing an 18-footer and a 3-pointer to make it a 50-37 ballgame with 2:07 on the clock.
Hascheff sank two more free throws to finish with a game-high 19 points, capping a string of four consecutive points that bumped the lead back up to 17 with just over a minute left. However, Reed scored the next six points before a Reno free throw ended the scoring.
Vernon finished with 14 points, while Sumpter scored all 10 of her points in the fourth. McFalls added nine in limited action.
“We could have shut down and been done, but they stepped up and played,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “Some players came off the bench, who haven’t really seen a lot of minutes, came out and started scoring … I told my team to hold their heads up because we lost a big part of the team, but we still played.”
Williams' playing future is unclear but the athletic junior is expected to get an MRI in the coming days.
Shaw chipped in 14 points to Reno's winning cause.
Reed (14-3, 9-1) welcomes Carson to town Tuesday for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off.