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Sumpter's big night propels Reed to romp over Hug
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior shooting guard Tyler Sumpter gets off one of her state-record 14 3-pointers during second-half action of the Raiders' win over Hug Friday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior shooting guard Tyler Sumpter gets off one of her state-record 14 3-pointers during second-half action of the Raiders' win over Hug Friday night.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Tina Vernon (in white) gets off a short pass in the lane during her Reed Raiders HDL victory over Hug Friday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Tina Vernon (in white) gets off a short pass in the lane during her Reed Raiders HDL victory over Hug Friday.
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The Reed girls basketball team, specifically senior shooting guard Tyler Sumpter, had a night to remember Friday. Reed cruised to an 85-45 home romp over Hug in a lopsided High Desert League affair.

The score isn't what made it so memorable. Sumpter buried 14-of-20 shots from beyond the 3-point arc. The 14 3-point bombs in a single game is a state record. It eclipses the old mark of 11 held by Durango's Lindy La Rocque (2007), who went on to play at Stanford, and Centennial's Kristina Kline (2006).

Sumpter finished with 50 points in the victory. According to the NIAA's record book, that's the third-highest single game total for the state's highest classification, DI (large schools). Only Centennial's Italee Lucas (57 points, 2007), who went on to play at North Carolina, and Durango's Mia Bell (52 points, 2009), who is playing at UNLV ever scored more.

"She started knocking them down. She kept hitting them," Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. "Some shooters have that night where the rim just opens up huge. At the end of the third quarter I asked how many she had. I heard 11 was the state record and I said let's keep feeding her. You don't get those nights all the time."

Sumpter had nine points, and two treys, in the first quarter as Reed ran out to a 29-10 lead after one period of play. She added a 2-point bucket and another 3-pointer in the third as the RHS crew extended its edge to 46-21 by halftime.

It was after the halftime break when Sumpter really got going from 3-point land. She hit five threes in the third quarter alone as Reed kept building on its lead. She had 17 of the Raiders' 21 points in the period as Reed pushed its advantage to 67-31 going into the final quarter.

Sumpter was the Reed offense in the final quarter. She canned six more treys in the final eight minutes and was the only Raider to score in the period, outscoring Hug by herself, 18-14.

Sumpter had 35 of Reed's 39 second-half points.

"I said let's keep giving her the ball and see how many she get until the game's over," Ramirez said. "I didn't realize she had that many points, but I guess when you make that many threes, it adds up. She was just on fire. Even at the end, when Hug was running multiple people at her, she was just catching it and making them from deep."

Reed's high-school All-American point guard Gabby Williams was the only other Raider to finish in double figures, posting 12 points, all in the first half.

Niaya Lewis and Mele Lotulelei tallied 18 and 14 points to pace Hug's offensive attack.

Reed, which has played just three games, all league matchups, sits 2-1 on the young season. The Raiders play again Dec. 26 in McQueen's Christmas break tournament.

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