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Williams lifts Lady Raiders over rival Huskies
by Aaron Retherford
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Gabby Williams tries to drive around Reno's Gigi Hascheff during the second half of the Raiders' 55-50 home win Tuesday night. Williams led all scorers with 32 points.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed junior Gabby Williams tries to drive around Reno's Gigi Hascheff during the second half of the Raiders' 55-50 home win Tuesday night. Williams led all scorers with 32 points.
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The Reed girls basketball team had not lost a game against a Northern Nevada opponent in the past 40 tries before facing bitter rival Reno High in the teams' first High Desert League matchup of the winter campaign Tuesday night.

Gabby Williams made sure that streak continued to 41 games.

Battling crippling leg cramps for most of the second half, Williams torched the Huskies for 32 points as the defending state champions held off Reno in a 55-50 triumph.

“We knew that (she would lead this team). It’s nothing to hide. Our opponents know that, too. But she‘s hard to stop,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said of Williams. “Reno did a good job throwing different stuff at her, and she still had 32 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks.”

With 3:27 remaining in the game, Reno took its final lead (44-43) thanks to a Mallory McGwire putback.

Williams drained her second 3-pointer of the contest, swinging momentum back to the home team.

Reno senior Gigi Hascheff knotted the score at 46-46 by knocking down two free throws, but that was the last time the game would be tied.

Tyler Sumpter, who had been held scoreless all night, dropped in a 3-point bomb from the corner with 2:51 to go.

Reno came back down and scored on a Shay Shaw putback, cutting the deficit to 49-48.

At the 2:14 mark of the fourth period, Williams added two more points on the night with a perfect trip to the charity stripe.

The Huskies didn’t play the foul game until there were 18 seconds left in the contest. Sumpter went to the line and sank both free throws, helping seal the victory.

“What I liked about today was Gabby’s cast around her stepped up,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “That’s what we need.”

Reno made it a one-possession game again, 53-50, when Morgan McGwire pulled down a rebound on a missed 3-point attempt and put it in for a 53-50 score with 10 seconds left.

Williams then concluded her scoring on the night with two game-clinching free throws.

In the first half, Reno was perfectly happy sagging its defense and forcing the Raiders to take outside shots. The game plan was working. As Reed suffered through a drought that saw it go without a field goal for nearly eight minutes in the first half, Reno tallied the final six points of the first quarter and the first two of the second quarter. That 8-0 run handed the Huskies a game-high lead of 16-11, 1:17 into the second period.

A Williams drive to the basket ended the 7:48 drought from the field with 5:00 to go in the half.

After the Huskies went back up by five points, 18-13, Williams took it upon herself to reclaim the lead for the Blue and Gold. Williams capped a personal 7-0 run with a 3-pointer, pushing Reed ahead 22-20.

Hascheff answered for the visitors with back-to-back jumpers, giving Reno its last lead of the first half, 22-20.

Two free throws by Williams and a runner by the junior point guard shifted momentum back to the hosts as the Raiders took a 24-22 edge into halftime. Williams scored all 13 of Reed’s second-quarter points.

The two teams opened the second half trading baskets, leaving the two-point margin in tact.

However, that quickly changed.

Brooke Cervantes knocked down a trey that finished off a 7-0 Raiders run, making it a 33-24 ballgame.

Then Reno strung together its own streak of eight unanswered points and made a game of it, capped by consecutive scores down low by Mallory McGwire.

Williams stopped the bleeding with a putback, but a Mallory McGwire putback closed the gap to 35-34 with 38 seconds to go in the third.

After Reed came away empty, Reno got its chance to go into the final eight minutes with the lead. The Huskies converted. Hascheff hit a pull-up jumper in traffic from 10 feet out with 9 seconds on the clock, giving Reno its first lead since it was 22-20. Hascheff’s make put Reno into a 36-35 advantage at the end of three quarters.

Hascheff and Morgan McGwire paced the Huskies with 15 points apiece, while Mallory McGwire added 10 in the losing cause.

Cervantes was the only other Raider with more than five points, chipping in 10, seven of which came after the break.

Reed (2-0) is on the road for the first time this year when it heads to Hug Tuesday for a 5:15 p.m. tip-off.
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