The Raiders faltered a bit in the first quarter, trailing 12-8 with two minutes to go in the opening period. A long jumper just inside the arc by Danielle Peacon tied the game at 12. Galena's Sarah Lancaster got a steal in the backcourt and drove it in for a layup to give the Grizz a 14-12 lead after eight minutes of play.
"I thought today we weren't hitting our shots," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "And sometimes, when you don't hit your shots, you hang your head a little bit."
Reed pushed ahead early in the second quarter, after a bad defensive sequence gave Galena another basket, 16-14. Reed scored three in a row for an 18-16 lead over the visiting Grizzlies.
"We were swinging the ball well," Schopper said. "Our turnovers were less than when we played at Manogue. Toward the end we had some fire. We didn't lay down. We kept fighting."
Galena's Taylor Schaller started hitting threes late in the second quarter. She hit two in the last 40 seconds of the half to give Galena a 30-25 lead heading into the break.
The Grizzlies widened the gap in the third quarter, hitting three 3-point baskets. Reed (1-1) was outscored 10-2 in the first two and a half minutes of the third. The Raiders trailed the Grizzlies 47-34 heading into the final quarter.
Reed hit a few shots in the fourth but was unable to make up the gap and overtake Galena.
"I felt like in the fourth quarter we got after it again," Schopper said. "We dug ourselves a little bit of a hole so it was hard to come back totally."
Peacon led the Raiders with 19 points. She was helped by five more Raiders on offense, but was the only RHS player to hit the double-digit mark.
Galena had four players score, all in double digits, led by Schaller with 19 as well.
"Galena is a very well coached team and they have some all-league players on their team," Schopper said. "I expected it to be good and to see where we were at. This was a perfect game for us to see exactly what we need to work on before our season starts."
Reed (1-1) has a few days to get more work done practice. The Raiders aren't in action again until they participate in the Spanish Springs tournament next week. The first game will be Thursday against Lowry.
"We need to work on our defense a little bit better," Schopper said. "Our shifts, and what kind of defense to play when you're down. Sometimes, we're not used to being down, so you could tell we didn't know when to foul and when not to foul. We need to work on getting our hands up and getting after girls on defense."