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Reed gets back to winning ways without Williams
by Aaron Retherford
Jan 22, 2013 | 2151 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There was an eerily somber mood in the stands of the Reed and Carson girls basketball game Tuesday night.

But that didn’t affect the players in Blue and Gold.

Playing in their first full game without all-state guard Gabby Williams, not much changed on the scoreboard for Reed.

The Raiders held the Senators without a field goal for almost the entire first quarter and the outcome was never in doubt in the crossover league tilt. Reed tallied the first 12 points of the game and cruised to the 65-37 triumph.

“We put in a lot of things yesterday, and we came out here and executed some things,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “We’re trusting each other and working to get open. I’m happy with our team. We just went through half a season, and now we’re starting over from scratch.”

At the 5:42 mark of the first quarter, T.T. McFalls was fouled on a putback and converted the three-point attempt for a 7-0 Reed lead.

Aneesa Mwakapumba knocked down a jumper from the elbow and Tyler Sumpter drained a 3-pointer, capping the 12-0 run with 3:44 to go in the opening period.

A Carson free throw erased the goose egg off the scoreboard four and a half minutes into the game, but the Senators’ lone field goal of the first quarter came on a buzzer-beater after Elena Thurman stole an inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast for a layup, leaving the scoreboard reading 22-4 at the end of the first.

Sumpter swished a trey with 8 seconds remaining in the first to increase the margin to 20 points for the first time, 22-2. She also had a three-point play earlier in the first.

The Senators’ offense improved in the second quarter, keeping them in the game. Both teams scored 11 points in the second quarter.

Carson made four shots from the field in the second quarter compared to three by the Raiders.

However, Reed was back to its normal self in the third quarter.

After Carson opened the second half with back-to-back buckets, cutting the deficit to 14, the Raiders outscored the visitors 20-7 over the final 6:39 of the quarter.

Sumpter and Tina Vernon stoked the offensive fire, combining for all but two of Reed’s third-quarter points. Sumpter got things going with a 3-pointer and her second trey of the third quarter pushed the advantage back over 20 points for the first time on the night, 46-24.

Sumpter made a shot with her toe on the three-point line, giving the hosts a 53-26 edge heading into the fourth quarter.

The Raiders pushed the gap to 30 points on two different occasions before settling for the 28-point win by outscoring the Senators 12-11 in the fourth quarter.

Sumpter sank five 3-pointers en route to a 29-point night. Vernon added 13.

“Tyler can shoot the ball,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “She was working harder to get open like cutting backdoor and coming off screens, doing the things she needs to do to create her own shot. That just shows how good of a player she is.”

Thurman led the Senators with 17 points in the loss.

Reed (15-3, 10-1) hosts Hug Friday night at 5:15 p.m.

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