That doesn’t mean it was close.
Raiders senior center Danielle Peacon went on a tear against the Hawks, pouring in 32 points in her team’s 61-37 blowout victory.
“I’ve been waiting for her leadership role to come out there,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said of Peacon. “It came out. She’ll tell you she had one of her worst basketball games on Tuesday, so this week in practice she’s really been focusing on getting back to the fundamental stuff. She came out tonight and was obviously ready to play.”
That might be the understatement of the winter.
Hug kept it close in quarters one and three, but mainly because Peacon was held to five points in the first and was scoreless in the third.
However, those even numbered quarters were not too kind to the Hawks. The Reno school put up five points in both the second and fourth quarters only to see Peacon single-handedly outscore them 27-10.
Peacon simply put on a clinic. When Hug stayed in a zone defense that worked after the halftime break and helped the Hawks win the third period 14-12, Peacon stepped out behind the arc and knocked down 3-pointers number two and three of the night in the fourth quarter.
Hug also won the first quarter and took a 13-11 edge into the second quarter. But after some minor adjustments, Reed was able to get rolling, grabbing a 29-18 halftime lead.
“We went to our bench. I didn’t start our quickest. I started our tallest against them,” Schopper said. “When we put in our quick ones and our fresh legs against them, I think our defense kind of set the tempo. Our bench came out and gave us a lot today. The neat thing about this team is you can mix it up in so many different ways.”
Joanna Phillips had a nice outing off the bench, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter as part of an eight-point night. Starting guard Micah Walker also had eight points in the win.
While the Hawks were able to get the deficit back down to single digits thanks in part to Kortney Corley’s six third-quarter points, Peacon tallied 14 of Reed’s 20 points in the final eight minutes and the outcome was never in doubt.
“I think we weren’t patient. We tried to force stuff, and then we stood around,” Schopper said. “When people play in a zone, sometimes you start to stand around, too. We just weren’t finding the gaps.”
Reed closed out the final 3:26 of the game with eight unanswered points for the final 24-point margin.
Ieesha Greer paced Hug’s offense with 10 points, but eight of those came in the first quarter.
The Raiders (9-3, 4-1 HDL) will get a third chance at knocking off league favorite Reno when they travel to the home of the Huskies Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 5:15 p.m.