The Raiders girls program holds the state’s longest winning streak at 88 games which covered a stretch that started in 1990 and ended in 1993. Reed won three straight titles in that span that bridged four seasons.
Reed is back at it once again this winter. The Raiders are 15-0 and have had only one opponent play them to a single-digit game. That 60-59 win over Miramonte came at the West Coast Jamboree in the east Bay Area over Christmas break and it broke the California school’s 10-game winning streak.
The Raiders have been unchallenged by northern Nevada foes this season. Reed’s closest game this season was a 76-51 win over Carson in Week 2. The RHS crew has dumped Reno (67-37) and Manogue (77-47). The Huskies and Miners are considered the top two teams in the North after Reed. Additionally, Reed’s win over Reno was the Raiders’ first over the Huskies since a narrow victory in a 2006 regional semifinal.
Maybe some of the aforementioned numbers point to Northern Nevada girls basketball being down as a whole, but Reed certainly is not. There is little arguing the Reed girls are an impressive bunch again this season.
Reed has a senior leader in Micah Walker, who has the respect of her teammates and has played four years on the varsity roster, learning from past Raider captains how to play hard and inspire teammates. Reed has a junior post in Nyasha LeSure who may be the best pure girl athlete in northern Nevada. Add that to her growing skill set and she’s hard to match up with. Reed also has a freshman point guard in Gabby Williams that I believe will have a Division I scholarship waiting at her door in a few years and she may well end up being the best female girls basketball player ever to come out of the Truckee Meadows.
Additionally, Reed has role players in Joanna Phillips, who can knock down open shots and Sierra Hooft, who can run the floor and defend.
I don’t see a northern Nevada opponent giving Reed a game this winter. The only knock on Reed may be that it has not played a tough enough schedule. In past years, Reed has played non-league games against national power St. Mary’s of Stockton, Calif. and played in more competitive brackets at the West Coast Jamboree.
Still, it’s hard to criticize Reed for its schedule considering fundraising limitations in a tough economy and scheduling limitations brought on by the NIAA and a new Northern 4A master league schedule.
Northern Nevada girls teams dominated state tournament play until 2001. Since then, southern Nevada powers Centennial and Bishop Gorman have won the past 10 large-school championships.
Reed has been the victim in two of those state championship games (2006 and 2010). Could this be the year that changes and the North has its first girls champion in more than a decade?
According to Maxpreps.com, Reed is the top-ranked girls team in the state, ahead of both Las Vegas schools, Centennial and Gorman, although those two schools are second and third.
Of thousands and thousands high schools nationally, Reed is ranked 88th in the country. Centennial and Gorman are ranked at 134 and 656 respectively.
The state tournament will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas in late February. Reed has business to take care of over the next month but it would be nice to see a girls state title trophy come back to northern Nevada.
Dan Eckles is the Sparks Tribune’s sports editor. He can be reached via email at email@example.com