A trio of Reno players combined for 50 of the team’s 56 points as the Huskies rolled to a 56-35 victory Saturday night to take the tournament’s trophy for the third year in a row.
The Raiders made it to the title matchup by dispatching Spanish Springs earlier in the day. That momentum continued against host Reno when Nese Jackson knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back trips down the floor, giving Reed an initial 6-0 lead.
The first of the Huskies’ 10 treys tied the game at 6-6. Both Shannon Gough and Gigi Hascheff had five 3-pointers apiece for Reno for 20 and 19 points respectively.
Still, Reed (4-2) was able to hold onto the lead after scoring the final five points of the first quarter, including a 3-pointer by Sierra Hooft that gave the Raiders a 15-11 lead after the first eight minutes.
The four-point lead quickly evaporated though as Reno opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run, capped by a Hascheff 3-pointer. The Huskies never trailed again.
The Blue and Gold cut it to 26-23 with 3:09 remaining before halftime, but a 6-0 Reno spurt pushed the edge to 32-23, heading into the break.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Gough and Hascheff initiated a string of 11 unanswered third-quarter points by Reno and the outcome was never in doubt.
“We were sucking in a little bit too much. We were trying to cut off (Reno’s all-league point guard Stephanie) Rovetti instead of staying with our man,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “That’s something we’re definitely going to work on.”
A three-ball by Gough made it a 20-point game for the first time, 45-25, with 2:22 left in the third quarter. The Raiders tried to get back in the game by scoring six straight, but Gough ripped the twine on a triple with 2 seconds on the third-quarter clock to stop any Raiders momentum.
Neither team lit up the fourth-quarter. Reed sophomore Nyasha LeSure had all four of the Raiders’ points in the period to finish with eight on the night. Danielle Peacon, the Raiders’ leading scorer entering the game, was held to eight, while Jackson had a team-high 10.
Stephanie Rovetti and Gough both had four points in the fourth for Reno, which outscored the visitors 8-4 in the final eight minutes. Rovetti also had more points than Reed’s top scorer. The senior point guard finished with 11 points.
After playing three straight league opponents in the tournament, Reed will open High Desert League play officially when it heads to McQueen Tuesday night for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off.
“We’re still learning our roles. We’re still young, and we’re trying to find some younger girls who can step up and play,” Schopper said. “I saw some things I liked toward the end. Some life was there. So all we need to do is build off of that.”
The Reed boys squad capped a winless trip to Folsom, Calif. with a 58-31 loss to Oakridge Saturday.
Coach Dustin Hall said it was a struggle finding the right combination of five guys on the floor without leading scorer Mike Powell, who could not make the trip for the three-game tourney.
Hall also said the team worn down by the opposing teams’ pressure since all three opponents were athletic teams.
Reed (0-6) will try to earn its first ‘W’ when it travels to McQueen for a 7 p.m. HDL contest Tuesday.