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Reed girls bounce back against Galena
by Nathan Shoup
Jan 25, 2014 | 1154 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Gabby Williams (in blue) works through traffic in Saturday's 66-44 win at Galena. Playing through a nagging knee injury, Williams finished with a game-high 19 points.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Gabby Williams (in blue) works through traffic in Saturday's 66-44 win at Galena. Playing through a nagging knee injury, Williams finished with a game-high 19 points.
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One day after a deflating home loss to Reno, a slow start by the Reed girls basketball team Saturday morning at Galena was understandable, if not expected.

Reed (12-2, 7-2) let Galena (6-9, 2-7) hang around for three quarters before outscoring the Grizz 23-7 in the fourth quarter and claiming a 66-44 win.

“I think there was a little Reno hangover,” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “That’s exactly what I said, ‘the Reno hangover should be over now. So let’s go play.’ Then we were obviously getting back out there and doing the things we do.

“I mean it’s hard to play an intense game last night and then come back at 11:30 in the morning.”

While a lackluster road performance Saturday morning was not surprising, the presence of Gabby Williams was.

Arguably the best player in the state and a future UConn Husky, Williams left early in Tuesday’s win over Spanish Springs and Friday’s loss after tweaking her surgically repaired knee. She tore her ACL at the end of the regular season last year.

Without wearing a brace or tape, Williams finished with a game-high 19 points.

“I thought she looked pretty good,” Ramirez said. “At first, you could tell she had the biggest hangover, emotionally (from the Reno loss). But once she started getting out of it and playing Gabby’s game I thought she played pretty well.”

The Raiders led 17-14 after the first quarter and played even with the Grizzlies in the second quarter, taking a 28-25 into the locker room.

Galena's Olivia Anderson cut the gap to 35-33 midway through the third quarter with an 18-footer before Reed finished the third period on an 8-4 run.

Reed put any concerns of a losing streak to rest with a 15-0 run to open the final quarter. The fourth-quarter dominance came one night after getting outscored 17-0 in the final period against Reno.

Kaitlyn Hawthorne led the Grizzlies with 16 points.

Tyler Sumpter (19 points) and Aneesa Mwakapumba (10 points) joined Williams in double digits.

“It was bounce back, that’s what it’s all about,” Ramirez said.

Williams had an MRI done on her knee after Friday night’s loss and expects to get the results back early next week.

The Raiders will look to move to 8-2 in league meetings Tuesday night at Carson. Tip is at 5:15 p.m.

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