The Panthers tried to force the Miners into turnovers with a half-court trap, but it just led to easy layups by Manogue.
“I’m very happy. The first round is just about trying to survive,” Manogue girls basketball coach Richard Shaw said.
In the first quarter, North Valleys post Kayt Hrenko had her way with the Miners, scoring all 10 of her points in the period. However, she also picked up her third foul, which ended up being a saving grace for the Sierra League runner-up.
Manogue took a 29-26 lead into the locker room at the break and led for most of the game until the end of the third quarter.
Freshman point guard Gabbi Concepcion and senior forward Kim Krtinich paced the Miners’ offense with 13 points apiece.
North Valleys’ Shakia Walker led all scorers with 21, while Laynie Icard added 15 points in the losing cause.
Manogue will get to take on High Desert League regular season champ Reno after the Huskies’ big win Wednesday night. The teams’ semifinal matchup will be at 5 p.m. Friday night at Spanish Springs.
Reno 76, Fallon 44
Like so many opponents before it, the Fallon Greenwave succumbed to the Huskies’ pressuring defense, allowing countless easy baskets on the offensive end.
Reno blew the game open late in the first quarter and into the second as the hosts grabbed a 40-18 advantage after one half of play.
Four Huskies finished in double figures.
Stephanie Rovetti turned in a game-high 19 points, all of which came in the first half. Shannon Gough added 12, while Katie Hillson and Liz Messick contributed 10 points.
Reno improved to 22-4 and still has not lost to a Nevada school this season.
Galena 59, Hug 40
Hayley Jensen had a career night for the Grizzlies, knocking down 10-of-13 shots from behind the arc en route to a 36-point night to sink the Hawks.
“I do feel good. Hug is a scary and tough team,” Galena coach Karen Friel said. “I feel good to walk out of the gym with a win.”
Hug zoned up in the first half, leaving an opening for Jensen. But even after the break when the Hawks switched to man, Friel said Jensen was still finding looks and nailing her shots.
Friel said Hug did a good job defensively on the other Grizzlies and held Emily Burns to 11 points.
The top seed from the Sierra League will face Reed Friday night following the earlier game. The two semifinal winners automatically qualify for the state tournament held at Lawlor Events Center.