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Reno girls dispatch Manogue, capture North crown
by Dan Eckles
Feb 22, 2014 | 1077 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reno senior Morgan McGwire (with ball) grabs a loose ball while Bishop Manogue's Breezy Holt defends the action in Saturday's DI North girls final.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reno senior Morgan McGwire (with ball) grabs a loose ball while Bishop Manogue's Breezy Holt defends the action in Saturday's DI North girls final.
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Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reno point guard Shay Shaw handles the defensive pressure of Manogue's Tawni Henderson during second-half action of the DI North girls championship game Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.
Tribune photo by Garrett Valenzuela - Reno point guard Shay Shaw handles the defensive pressure of Manogue's Tawni Henderson during second-half action of the DI North girls championship game Saturday at Spanish Springs High School.
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Reno girls basketball coach Shane Foster got a great birthday gift. His Huskies sang him a sentimental postgame birthday tune and also gave him a second-straight regional crown, thanks to a 56-47 triumph over Bishop Manogue Saturday afternoon in the DI North title game at Spanish Springs High School.

Reno (28-1) was never really threatened. The Huskies built a 26-10 lead by halftime. They extended that to as much as 26, 47-21, early in the fourth quarter. A furious Manogue rally got the Miners (20-5) as close as seven in the final minute, but it proved too little too late.

"It's great for the kids," Foster said. "We played a great game for a little more than three quarters. Manogue got going in the fourth quarter. We lost focus for a while. They got on a run and got back in it."

Already leading by 16 at the half, Reno kept building on its lead into the second half. The Huskies opened the third period by outscoring the Miners 16-7. Dominique Harding's breakaway layup on Reno's pressbreak scheme saw the Huskies go up 42-17 at the 1:22 mark of the third quarter.

Reno still led by 24, 48-24, after Mallory McGwire made good on 1-of-2 free throws with 5:50 left in the postseason affair

McGwire finished with 15 points to lead Reno while Savannah Schultz added 13 and Shay Shaw had 11.

In spite of the lopsided margin, Manogue had plenty of fight left. The Miners proceeded to go on a 23-6 run to get within seven, 54-47, after a Breezy Holt layup with 25 ticks remaining in the game.

The Miners were led by Katelyn Oppio's 11 points and Holt's 10.

"I'm very proud of my teammates," Holt said. "It was a total team effort to come back like that. Everyone had to defend and rebound. We got down, but we had nothing to lose and we played hard the whole way."

Foster admitted his team got outplayed in the final eight minutes, but liked his squad's defensive performance for three quarters.

"I thought we played a great defensive game until the fourth quarter," The ninth-year Reno coach said. "We gave up 18 points through three quarters before we gave up 29 in the fourth.

The first half was all Reno as the Huskies blew out to a 26-10 advantage at the break.

Manogue scored the first point of the game when Holt connected on 1-of-2 free throws a minute into the game. It was the Miners' lone lead of the game. Schultze went on to bury a pair of treys as Reno scored the next 12 points of the game en route to grabbing a 15-2 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.

Manogue opened the second quarter by dropping back-to-back 3-points bombs -- by Oppio and Hannah Santos -- to trim Reno's lead to 15-8 with 6:25 remaining before halftime.

Reno answered the Santos trey by stringing together the next 11 points and taking a 26-8 lead. Manogue's Madison Lewis closed the scoring on the first half by knocking down a pair of foul shots with 15 seconds still showing on the second-quarter clock.

"Reno was a better team than us," Miners coach Craig Holt said. "We got down early and we weren't able to do the things we wanted to do ... But at the end we pressured them and did some good things. We hope we get to play them again. If we do, you saw what we'll do."

Both Reno and Manogue will play in the DI State Tournament, which begins Thursday on the University of Nevada campus at Lawlor Events Center. Reno will meet perennial state power and Sunset Region champion, Centennial, in one semifinal at 6:20 p.m. while Manogue will face Sunrise Region champion, Liberty, in the other at 3 p.m.

"We're where we want to be," Foster said. "We have a chance to defend our state title."

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