Trailing by one, 43-42, midway through the third quarter, the Raiders (10-1, 6-1) finished the period on a 14-0 run and walked away with a 63-51 win over the Sierra League-leading Miners (10-3, 4-1).
The win not only extended Reed’s winning streak into double digits, but it was the first time Reed played a game within 20 points since a Dec. 19, 50-47, win at Reno.
“I think it was good. We needed a game like this,” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “We needed to be challenged a little bit. I think in the first half it took us a little while to get into gear, like ‘oh, these guys came to play us.’ In the second half, we made some adjustments and I thought we played a lot better.”
Unimpressed by Reed’s nine-game winning streak coming into the game, Bishop Manogue opened on a 9-4 run only to see Reed take 14-9 lead into the second quarter.
Largely behind the strength of Breezi Holt, the Miners scored 21 points in the second quarter (their highest-scoring quarter of the game) and trailed just 31-30 at the break.
Because the game was closer than Reed has been accustomed to this season, Ramirez said she was unable to give her starters their usual second-quarter break which resulted in the Miners’ outburst.
Holt, one of the best players in the North, finished with a team-high 22 points, 13 in the second quarter.
The hosts opened the second half on an 8-2 run to match their largest lead of the game at 38-33. The advantage then switched hands five times before Tyler Sumpter hit a shot from behind the arc to put Reed in front 45-43 and ignited the Raiders’ game-turning 14-0 run.
Sumpter finished with 15 points.
The pivotal run was not set up by the Raiders’ offense, however, as it was by its defense -- largely by Gabby Williams.
“We talked at halftime about where to be, what they (Bishop Manogue) are looking for, what to take away from them, what they are trying to get and don’t let Breezi (Holt) and (Hannah) Santos score,” Ramirez said of the 14-point run. “We actually took Gabby (Williams) off (Holt).
“We actually had Gabby (Williams) guarding (Holt). So I had Gabby back and she is the best anticipator there is.”
As dominant as Williams was, particularly on the defensive end, she finished just one rebound shy of a double-double, with 25 points and nine boards.
Despite the defensive attention, Santos broke the double-digit barrier, finishing with 11 points with the aid of three treys.
Reed’s 31-30 advantage at the half was the Raiders’ narrowest halftime advantage this season.
“I thought they (Bishop Manogue) played really good defense. In the first half, they really closed the lanes,” Ramirez said.
Bishop Manogue edged Reed 8-7 in the foul-heavy fourth quarter.
Reed now prepares for its biggest week of the season when it plays at rival Spanish Springs (12-3, 4-3) on Tuesday before hosting Reno (17-1, 6-1) on Friday.