The Reed Raiders bounced back from an early season loss in fine fashion. The Raiders were dumped at home by perennial Northern 4A power Galena last Friday, but showed no lingering effects six days later, blowing out 3A Lowry, 84-37, in a first-round game at the High Sierra Winter Classic Thursday afternoon.
Reed’s 6-foot 3-inch senior post, Danielle Peacon, was too much to handle for Lowry. The Raiders talented center torched the Winnemucca school for 28 points in the tourney tilt.
The Raiders led 6-4 three minutes into the game, but a 17-4 explosion finished the first quarter and the east Sparks school had a 23-8 advantage after the first eight minutes.
Scoring slowed in the second quarter as Reed led 36-20 at the intermission.
It got ugly from there for Lowry. Reed turned up its efforts on the offensive and defensive ends, outscoring Lowry 46-17 in the last two quarters.
Peacon was the lone Raider to score in double digits, but 11 Raiders found the scoring column in the balanced performance.
No Lowry players scored in double digits.
Reed advances to a tournament quarterfinal tonight against McQueen, a 45-43 first-round winner over Douglas. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Spanish Springs High School.
Spanish Springs 58, Atwater 41
The Cougars got off to a fast start Thursday night and never trailed. The SSHS squad built an 8-0 lead less than three minutes into the game and had a 16-5 advantage at the end of the first period.
Atwater hung around and trailed by 10, 24-14, with a minute to go before halftime. Spanish Springs responded with a 3-pointer from Amanda O’Farrell and a layup by senior forward Ari James in the closing 50 seconds of the second quarter. That left the scoreboard to read 29-14 at halftime.
Not much changed in the third quarter as Spanish Springs led 39-25 with a quarter to go.
Atwater (4-3) had a charge left. The Falcons opened the final period on a 10-2 run. The outburst trimmed the Spanish Springs lead to 41-35 midway through the fourth. That’s as good as it got. The Cougars outscored their guests 17-6 in the last three minutes of the fourth period to secure the win.
“We had moments where we ran the floor and looked pretty good, but we also had too many defensive lapses,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “It’s still early in the year. So, we’ll just have to keep working to get more consistent on both ends of the floor.”
James, a first-team High Desert League all star a year ago, was 10-of-15 from the field and finished with a game-high 21 points for the Cougars. She also had 13 rebounds and six steals. Freshman Lyndsey Anderson contributed 12 for Spanish Springs.
Spanish Springs forced 28 Atwater turnovers to help its cause and win its tournament opener. The Cougars have reeled off five straight wins since a season-opening loss.
Spanish Springs will play Carson at 6 p.m. in a quarterfinal affair of the 16-team tournament.