Instead, the Raiders braved the storms in the first and fourth quarters and went on to secure a 48-32 High Desert League win.
Neither team shot the ball well in the first half as indicated by the 17-16 halftime score.
Spanish Springs only made one field goal during the second quarter, but was still able to enjoy the one-point edge at the break thanks to a Julianna Waller free throw with 48 seconds remaining in the half.
The Raiders had taken the lead for the first time in the game on a Joanna Phillips 3-pointer from the wing, making it 16-13 in favor of the hosts.
But 1:25 later, Spanish Springs post Kelly Hernandez shocked many when she stepped out behind the arc and swished a game-tying trey.
While Spanish Springs started the game with a 6-0 run, Reed did even better when it tallied the first eight points of the second half and never looked back.
Nyasha LeSure scored five points during the rally, while Micah Walker got a shooter’s roll on her three-point attempt.
Reed followed up a poor 7-for-20 shooting effort in the first half with a much improved 12-of-24 display in the second 16 minutes of action.
“I think we were being a little more patient,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “Our defense was getting us in a little bit of a rhythm and helping us get some easier baskets. We also started being smart with the basketball.”
The Cougars did not make a shot from the field until a Sam Owens fast-break layup at the third-quarter horn, cutting the deficit down to 29-23.
LeSure opened the fourth quarter with another basket down low for two more of her 11 points, pushing the gap to 31-23. But the next minute saw the Purple and Teal go on a tear of seven unanswered points for a 31-30 Reed lead.
“I think we just were able to put some ball pressure on them and we got some transition buckets,” SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles said of the fourth-quarter run. “We cut it to one with over six minutes left and we only scored once more the rest of the way. They picked up their defensive intensity and we turned it over. The opportunities were there, but sometimes we’re just not able to finish in those types of situations.”
That was as close as Spanish Springs would get as Reed held the visitors scoreless for over five minutes as the RHS cagers put the game out of reach with a 13-0 spurt. All six field goals came in the paint and Walker added a free throw to complete a three-point play.
“Defense and getting up in them,” Schopper said of the key for the turnaround. “We told them to calm down and play team basketball.”
Turnovers had a huge effect on the game. While Reed had quite a few with 26, Spanish Springs was even worse with 34, including four starters with at least five.
“We talked about how to take care of the basketball and sometimes we don’t, and we’ll end up with turnovers in bunches,” Eckles said. “Instead of just having one and scoring a few times, we’ll let them go in bunches.”
Peacon and Walker both poured in 14 points to lead the Raiders.
Sam Owens paced the Cougars with 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers which helped them claim an early 9-2 lead halfway through the first quarter. Spanish Springs only shot 9-of-35 from the field.
Reed (8-3, 3-1 HDL) is back at home Friday night against Hug at 5:15 p.m.
Spanish Springs (9-9, 0-4 HDL) will welcome Elko to town the same night, but will tip off at 7 p.m.