The Raiders went on a 12-0 run and finished the first quarter with a 21-4 lead, cruising to a 74-32 quarterfinal victory Friday night at Spanish Springs in prep girls basketball action.
“Our defense was where it needed to be,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “Our hands were up and we anticipated well. Our defense has always set up our offense. Our defense was spot on tonight.”
Peacon scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the opening quarter that set the tone for the final tourney clash of the night.
Early in the second quarter, the Raiders went up by 20 for the first time, 27-7, thanks to a bucket by Honour Knudsen in the paint.
However, the Lancers didn’t let the Blue and Gold pull away for good in the second quarter, despite McQueen’s coaching staff picking up a pair of technicals in the quarter.
Shooting guard Leilani Young scored half of her 10 points in the second period. Her 3-pointer from the corner with 59 seconds to play in the half, pushed the gap to 35-13, a high for the first half.
Reed only outscored McQueen 14-11 in the second eight minutes to take a 35-15 edge into the break.
The Raiders got the lead up to as high as 48-19 in the third quarter following a trey by Joanna Phillips and a layup by Sierra Hooft.
However, with two minutes left in the third, McQueen answered with three straight baskets. It was the first and only time the Lancers strung together consecutive scores all night.
Reed was up 52-25 heading into the fourth quarter, but really turned it on in the final eight minutes.
A 13-0 barrage in a two and a half minute span saw the Raiders’ lead creep up from 57-29 to 70-29. It got a little worse from there.
The 13-0 run was part of a 17-3 run that closed out the non-league affair.
Phillips was the second leading scorer for the Raiders. She finished with 12 points.
Erica Sutherland was the lone Lancer in double figures with 10.
Reed (3-1) will have to face its second straight league foe when it takes on Spanish Springs today at 1:30 p.m. The winner heads to the championship at 7:30 p.m., while the loser falls to the third-place game at 6 p.m. Reno High will host the third-place and championship tilts.
“I don’t like playing league teams this early,” Schopper said. “And we have McQueen again on Tuesday. It does makes league more interesting later on because it’s hard to beat teams more than once.”