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Roundup - Reno, Manogue girls win playoff openers
by Tribune Staff
Feb 17, 2009 | 634 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A second-quarter shooting spree helped the Reno Huskies cruise to a 76-43 home win over Douglas in the first round of the Northern 4A Girls Basketball Tournament Tuesday night.

Reno, the High Desert League regular season champion, dropped six three-point bombs on the visiting Tigers in the second eight minutes and was never really threatened after halftime.

“We hit six threes in the quarter and four different kids did it. I think we hit 6-of-7,” Reno coach Shane Foster said. “They ran their 1-3-1 zone. We got open looks and knocked down shots.”

The host Huskies did not let up after the break. Sarah Finlay drained a trey for Reno on its first possession of the third period and the RHS crew went on to outscore Douglas 20-10 in the quarter.

That left Reno (23-5) with an insurmountable 66-33 edge.

Stephanie Rovetti scored 16 points and Finlay chipped in 11 to lead a balanced Reno offensive attack. All 10 Huskies found the scoring column in the win.

Reno ran its win streak to 13 with the postseason triumph.

Douglas got 27 points from senior post Jessica Waggoner in the losing effort.

“I felt real good about our effort,” Foster said. “Their effort was good too. We just happened to get on a real nice streak in the second quarter. That's the difference right there ... We were fortunate to build a nice lead and finish it off.”

Bishop Manogue 60, Hug 49

A big night from senior Ashley Armstrong helped the Sierra League champions capture an 11-point first-round playoff win.

Manogue took a 19-8 lead after one period and still led 29-20 at halftime. The third quarter, and more specifically Armstrong, did in Hug.

Armstrong, who has committed to play at Santa Clara University for her collegiate career, torched Hug for 23 third-period points en route to a game-high 35-point showing.

“It's one of the best performances I've seen by a high school girl in northern Nevada,” Manogue coach Richard Shaw said. “She did everything well. She hits layups. She hit 15-footers and she hit four threes in the third period. She completely took over.”

Armstrong scored 23 of the Miners' 26 points in the telltale quarter.

Nikki Aboumrad contributed 11 points to the private Catholic school's winning cause.

Chakala Carthen led Hug with 16 points while Jessica Voyles and Iesha Greer added 15 and 12 points respectively.

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