However, Grizzly coach Karen Friel always has her team up for a challenge and its methodical pace tends to be the antithesis of the Raiders’ uptempo style.
That caused Reed fits Tuesday night in the teams’ Northern 4A league crossover clash. For the first time all season, the Raiders trailed to a Nevada opponent at halftime.
Luckily for the Blue and Gold, and its unblemished record, that was a wake-up call and the Raiders didn’t roll back over to go to sleep.
Reed erupted out of the break and held Galena to five points apiece in the final two quarters to secure a 53-30 triumph.
“Karen is great coach. She always has her teams prepared. They run their game plan,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “I was expecting her to be prepared. I was kind of excited to see what her preparation was for us. People have tried zone. People have tried man. She said this is what we’re doing and their girls came after it. They played hard and were ready for the trap.”
Trailing 20-19 after 16 minutes of feverous action, Reed rallied for the first five points of the second half, capped by a Nyasha LeSure putback to give the home team a 24-20 edge. The Grizz didn’t let the Raiders just run away with the game.
A Taylor Schaller pull-up 3-pointer cut the deficit to 27-25 with 5:05 left in the third.
That’s when the Raider defense stepped up, holding the Grizzlies scoreless for the rest of the period.
Still, Reed couldn’t muster much offense. LeSure ended more than a three-minute drought by knocking down a pair of free throws at the 2:24 mark.
Back-to-back buckets by Gabby Williams gave the Raiders a 6-0 run to end the third quarter and a 33-25 lead heading into the fourth.
With 6:21 to go in the game, a LeSure putback pushed the gap to 38-28, the Raiders’ first double-digit lead of the game.
Amanda Seabert answered by scoring down low for the Grizzlies, but that was the last time the south Reno school would score on the night. The Raiders outscored Galena 15-0 over the last six minutes of the game.
Sierra Hooft initiated the run by scoring consecutive baskets and Williams followed with six straight points of her own, making the Galena defenders look like they were standing in wet cement by blowing past them with drives.
Williams led all scorers with 22 points.
“We play good defense. Defense wins games, that’s our theory,” Schopper said. “The last few games we’ve been scoring so high that I think we just expect to score that high. I told them that all you have to do is win by one point for it to be a ‘W’ so you need to go out and play some defense. Our defense feeds our offense.”
It was a close game throughout the first half. Reed enjoyed a slim 10-9 lead after the first quarter.
Galena remained within striking distance late in the second quarter, trailing 17-15 with 2:05 left and 19-17 with 1:31 to go before halftime.
Then the Grizzlies enjoyed some good fortune. After forcing a turnover, Galena tied the game at 19-19 thanks to a Sara Lancaster fast-break layup.
The Grizz had a chance to go ahead with 50 seconds on the second-quarter clock, but Seabert’s free throw attempt on a one-and-one situation bricked off the backboard and rim.
Galena got another chance to take a lead into the locker room after LeSure was called for a technical when she thought she was fouled on her shot. Schaller went to the charity stripe and sank the first foul shot, giving the visitors a 20-19 advantage with 35.7 seconds to go in the half. That’s how the scored stayed until the teams came back out for the second half.
Emily Burns scored nine of the Grizzlies’ first-half points, but was held to only four in the second half, leading her team with 13 points in the losing cause.
Tyler Sumpter added 10 points for Reed.
The Raiders (18-0, 11-0 in Northern 4A) will be back at home when they host Reno Friday night. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.
While the Galena and Reed boys battled to an 8-8 deadlock after one quarter, it was a one-sided battle the rest of the way.
The Grizzlies scored the first 14 points of the second quarter and never looked back, earning a 63-35 victory on the road in a Northern 4A league crossover matchup.
It took the Raiders nearly seven minutes to score in the second quarter, but they picked up five quick points when Dylan Raatz scored in the paint at the 1:05 mark. Then Reed’s full-court press forced a turnover in the backcourt, leading to Andre Franklin’s wide-open 3-pointer with 47 seconds left in the first half.
Galena increased its lead back up to double digits, going into halftime with a 24-13 lead after EJ Poulsen followed his own miss and put in the rebound.
Reed got the second half off to a good start when Raatz scored the first four points. But then the Raiders faithful had to watch the Grizzlies roll off a 12-0 run, taking control for good.
The closest Reed would get in the third quarter was a 42-28 deficit at the quarter’s conclusion. Devin Gray knocked home a trey with 2 seconds on the third-quarter clock.
The fourth quarter was a bloodbath for Reed, which was held to a single free throw through the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. The Grizzlies took advantage and built a game-high 59-29 cushion.
Since scoring a season-high 77 points against North Valleys Friday, Reed has combined for 78 points in its last two games.
“We just played with no energy, no passion,” Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. “I’m embarrassed at myself that I couldn’t find a way to motivate these kids. There’s too much in there to not play with passion.”
Kyle Stewart poured in a game-high 16 points, while Brooks Kern added 12 for Galena.
Franklin paced the Raiders with nine points.
Reed (6-11, 3-8 Northern 4A) will also host Reno Friday night. Start time is 7:30 p.m.