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Reno girls win D-I North championship
by Dan Eckles
Feb 16, 2013 | 2003 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARSON CITY -- The Reno Huskies girls basketball team is beginning to look like it has two gears, cruise control and light speed. For the second straight night in the Division I North Region Tournament, Reno turned a close contest through two and a half quarters into a lopsided win.

In Friday's regional semifinal against Spanish Springs, Reno led by four points midway through the third period and then went into its light speed mode, blowing the margin out to 20 before settling for a 15-point win.

The RHS gang followed a similar script in Saturday's northern Nevada large school championship game, eventually rolling to a 65-45 postseason victory over Bishop Manogue.

Manogue got back-to-back 3-pointers from point guard Gabbi Concepcion, pulling to within two points of Reno, 34-32, at the 4:16 mark of the second quarter. That's about the time Reno left cruise control and downshifted, ripping off a 15-3 outburst in a span of just over five minutes.

Savannah Schultze's 3-pointer from the top of the key initiated the scoring on the fourth quarter and concluded Reno's pivotal run, leaving the Huskies with a 49-35 advantage and just under seven minutes remaining on the game clock.

Reno (25-3) didn't let up. The key spurt came to an end on a Brianna Holt 3-pointer to make the score 49-38, but the Huskies kept pouring it on, scoring 16 of the next 22 points. Hascheff finished that modest run with a pair of foul shots at the fourth quarter's 1:22 mark. They gave Reno a game-high 23-point lead, 65-42.

The Huskies got plenty of offense as three players hit for double digits in the scoring column. Hascheff led all scorers with 22 points while Mallory McGwire and Shalen Shaw added 18 and 15 points respectively to the winning cause.

Holt paced Manogue's scoring, finishing with 15 points while Concepcion chipped in 12 in defeat.

Reno helped its cause by dominating the glass. The Huskies won the war on the boards 36-22.

The perennial state power Huskies finished their regular season league schedule 14-2 with one of those losses coming in an upset on their home floor against Manogue. Reno was determined not to be undone by the Miners again in the second go-round between the two schools.

"We talked at halftime about the first time we played Manogue," Reno coach Shane Foster said. "When adversity hit us then, as a team, players and coaches, we did not handle it well. In the first half of that game, we spread the ball around but in the second half we did not. We were much too guard oriented. We needed to keep everybody involved. That was the focus today. I thought we did."

Reno got out to a 9-3 lead not even three minutes into the game. Manogue (24-2) responded and tied the game at 14 apiece but it was never able to take the lead. The Huskies scored eight straight points in a span of three-plus minutes that bridged the first and second periods and put the High Desert League champions on top 22-14.

Unfortunately for Reno fans, their beloved Blue and Red could not build on that lead before the break. Foul trouble plagued the Huskies before halftime as they were whistled for 15 first-half fouls compared to Manogue's four.

"Our kids were getting frustrated (with some calls against them), but we were committing some fouls," Foster said. "We also talked about that at halftime, that we had faced adversity and withstood it. We still had the lead. We needed to regroup and get back after it ... We hang our hat on the defensive end and for the most part, the girls did a good job. Our focus was let's make them shoot off the dribble. If we make them do that and we limit them to one shot, we're going to be in good shape."

The North Region title is Reno's fourth in the last six years.

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