The Raiders enjoyed a 28-5 lead with 4:33 to go in the first half and it only got worse as the home team cruised to a 72-26 victory.
“I think our defense is our key, and I want to keep playing the same defense whether it’s in a full court or half court set,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “I think we’ve been doing that. We’re holding teams to under 40 points, which is what we want to hold them to. Our game plan is working.”
Both teams threw caution to the wind in the closing minutes of the first, playing at a frantic pace. In barely a minute span, Reed and Hug combined to knock down shots from the field on five straight possessions, capped by Reed freshman Tyler Sumpter’s 3-pointer from the corner that touched nothing but net. The trey gave Reed a 38-13 edge with 2:34 to go in the first half.
Five straight points by junior Nyasha LeSure increased the Raiders’ edge to a high of 29 points in the first half, 43-14. However, the hosts had to settle for a 43-16 halftime lead.
Reed earned its first 30-point lead of the game when Micah Walker and Sierra Hooft scored on two fast breaks to open the second half. That left the scoreboard reading 47-16 in favor of the Blue and Gold.
The offenses in the third quarter were less prolific than in the first two. Mostly because Reed wanted to work on some things with the big lead.
“We tried to get our subs in so they could play in a couple new spots and run our offense through them,” Schopper said. “They don’t get a lot of chances for repetition in practice sometimes, so it was good for them.”
The highlight of the third period was Sumpter, who knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute, pushing the gap to 58-20 heading into the final eight minutes of play. Sumpter finished with 11 points on the night.
The fourth quarter was still even less spectacular than the third when both teams went to their benches. But Reed was still able to increase its lead with Makaela Moore scoring six of her eight points in the fourth quarter.
Walker led all scorers with 17 points, pouring in 11 of those before the break. LeSure and Gabby Williams also scored in double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Reed (14-0, 7-0 in Northern 4A) is back at home Friday night against Bishop Manogue. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall didn’t want to get into a track meet with Hug Tuesday night in the High Desert League boys basketball clash.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, they didn’t have a choice.
The Hawks soared passed Reed en route to an 81-47 triumph.
Hug put on a clinic at Reed High. The Hawks forced the Raiders into poor shots, got the rebounds and then initiated countless fast-break opportunities with their superior quickness.
“Well we practice it. We talked about controlling the tempo and being strong with the basketball, so they would play at our pace,” Hall said. “As soon as they hit a few jumpers, our guys got into the M.O. of wanting to get it all back right away. Once you start playing at that pace with Hug, they’re tough to beat.”
Reed had its only lead of the game a minute and a half in, following a Kyle Ross 3-pointer, making it a 3-2 game. It was all downhill for the Blue and Gold after that.
Hug scored eight unanswered largely due to consecutive 3-pointers by Jaevis Johnson.
The Raiders were still close, 12-7, after Devin Gray knocked down a deep 2-pointer halfway through the first quarter. However, Hug was nearly unstoppable the rest of the half.
The Hawks got the lead to double digits for the first time, 17-7, when Norris Dupree scored on a fast break with just under two minutes left in the first period, forcing Hall to call a second timeout in the quarter.
Dylan McKenzie came off the bench out of the timeout and nailed a trey, cutting the deficit to 17-10. Dupree answered with back-to-back buckets, padding the cushion to 21-10 heading into the second quarter.
That’s when the Hawks really poured it on, tallying 14 of the second quarter’s first 17 points to build a 35-13 edge.
The RHS crew scored the last five points of the half on a Devin Gray 3-pointer and two Irvin Ma free throws to send Reed into the locker room trailing 42-22 at the half.
The Raiders couldn’t find any answers to slow down the Hawks as Hug increased its lead quickly to 30. A Johnson fast-break layup made it 57-27 Hawks with 3:03 to play in the third.
Reed got the gap down under 30 by the time fourth-quarter action came around. The Hawks owned a 61-33 advantage to open the final eight minutes.
The fourth period was much of the same. Hug outscored the home team 20-14 for the final 34-point margin.
Javon Brown got into double digits in the scoring column for the winning team by scoring eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Jaevis Johnson led all scorers with 20 points. Andrew Johnson poured in 17 points, while Dupree and Robin Dhatt added 10 apiece.
Gray and McKenzie led Reed with 10 points.
Reed (5-7, 2-5 in Northern 4A) will try to get back on a winning note after losing its third straight, but will have to face one of the top Northern Nevada teams when Manogue comes to east Sparks for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
“When I looked at the schedule, I was glad we played Hug and Manogue in the same week because we’re working on tempo, taking care of the basketball and making them play our brand,” Hall said. “We’ve got to get better the next two days.”