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Reed falls short against Manogue, sees season end in regional semis
by Dan Eckles
Feb 15, 2013 | 2675 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Aneesa Mwakapumba (in blue) looks for a passing lane while Manogue's Hannah Santos defends the sequence during second-half action of Friday's regional semifinal at Carson High School.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed's Aneesa Mwakapumba (in blue) looks for a passing lane while Manogue's Hannah Santos defends the sequence during second-half action of Friday's regional semifinal at Carson High School.
The season may not have ended the way the Reed girls basketball team wanted it to, but the after losing state player-of-the-year candidate Gabby Williams to a torn ACL injury last month, not many northern Nevada prep basketball fans gave the Raiders much of a chance to compete in the postseason.

Reed , the defending state champion, found a way to win its playoff opener, at home in overtime against Douglas Wednesday night, and then the Raiders gave Sierra League champion Bishop Manogue more than it bargained for before succumbing 48-38 Friday in a Division I North regional semifinal at Carson High School.

"I am really proud of my team," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "We kept playing. We kept our composure. We believed in the system. I just kept telling them, 'keep it up.'

"We kind of started our season over with five games left," Schopper added, alluding to her team learning new roles following the absence of Williams. "We had to put in so many new things and it showed. We played the majority of the season with Gabby and then we lost her. With five games left in the regular season, we had to start teaching how to handle pressure. It's tough."

The Raiders looked like they were in for a long night early on. Manogue ran out to a 19-9 lead with two minutes left in the first quarter and held a 23-12 edge after one period of play was complete.

Bishop Manogue got two free throws from Kelly Lujan to open the second quarter and followed that up with a backcourt steal and layup by Gabby Concepcion. That forged Reno's private Catholic school ahead 27-12 at the 6:31 mark of quarter number two.

As it turned out, that was Bishop Manogue's largest lead of the postseason affair. Reed showed plenty or resiliency from there. At one stretch in the second quarter, Reed strung together 11 unanswered points. Raiders junior guard Tyler Sumpter capped the burst with a 3-pointer that saw Reed climb all the way back to within three, 29-26, with 1:20 remaining before halftime.

Manogue got a breakaway layup as time expired on the first half and took a 31-26 advantage into the locker room at the intermission.

Reed didn't go away. The Raiders scored seven of the first 11 points after the break. That run was wrapped up when TT McFalls made good on 1-of-2 foul shots with 4:14 left in the third. At that point the Raiders, who finished the season with the High Desert League's No. 2 seed, trailed by just two, 35-33.

Manogue got a layup from Concepcion and a putback from Emma Briggs, extending its edge back to six with 3:20 showing on the third-quarter clock.

The Miners got a defensive stop on Reed's next possession and then, with Reed sitting back in a 2-3 zone defense, Manogue was content to hold the ball and let the final two-plus minutes of the period tick away.

Manogue did much the same thing early in the fourth. Miners guards Concepcion and Lujan pulled the ball back to midcourt and played catch. Trailing by six, Reed could not afford to remain in the zone and let Manogue run the game clock out.

The Miners' scheme forced Reed to extend its perimeter defense. In turn, that created wider driving lanes for Manogue's shifty guards. The Miners extended a tired Reed defense and took advantage when the Raiders got stretched out of position. Manogue outscored Reed 9-5 in the final period, accounting for the 10-point triumph.

"I didn't want to go to the stall game," third-year Manogue coach Craig Holt said. "That's not really my style. But we're trying to win a championship and as long as there's no shot clock in this state, that's part of the strategy. We're playing to win."

Concepcion scored 19 points and Lujan chipped in 13, leading the Miners to victory.

Tina Vernon finished with 10 points but was the lone Raiders' player to find double digits in the scoring column.

Reed was hurt by committing 28 turnovers but it got some help in hanging around and keeping the game tight thanks to Manogue's 0-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc.

"We didn't shoot the ball well at all and that kind of kept us from breaking the game open," Holt said.

The loss ends Reed's season, leaving the RHS gang with a 20-5 record. This marks the first time Reed has not played in the North's large-school title game since 2003. Manogue (23-1) advances into today's regional final at 4 p.m. against High Desert League champion Reno.

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