Douglas improved to 6-0 win the win.
Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said she “hated to admit it as a coach” but her squad got tired after jumping in front early, allowing the Tigers’ comeback.
While Williams (commit to UCONN) finishes the final stages of her ACL rehabilitation, the Raiders will turn to fellow standout Tyler Sumpter to fill the void. Sumpter managed to finish with 16 points despite battling foul trouble all game and fouling out in the fourth quarter.
After racking up three personal fouls in the first half, Sumpter sunk a 3-pointer as the first half expired to extend the Raiders’ shrunken lead to 34-30.
She then took to the pine for nearly the entire third quarter after committing her fourth foul early in the period. With Sumpter on the bench, and 6-foot 1-inch Tina Vernon also fighting foul trouble, the visiting Tigers took a 48-42 lead after three quarters.
Led by Leonna Mortimer (22 points), Douglas extended its lead to 11 with six minutes remaining.
A pair of Nakiyah LeSure (game-high 28 points) buckets in the post brought the Raiders within a possession at 56-53 with 54 seconds remaining in the crossover league meeting but Reed was unable to close.
The Raiders forced a Douglas pass out of bounds after LeSure’s second layup only to give the ball back to the Tigers with 38 seconds left after an over-and-back violation. Douglas committed a five-second violation trying to inbound the ball after the over-and-back before stealing the ball from Reed on its attempt to inbound the ball.
Corryne Millett, who had 16 points, hit one of her two free throws after the steal to push Douglas’ lead to 57-53 with 30 seconds left.
Reed traveled on its next possession, effectively ending the game with 23 seconds left before Douglas hit another free throw.
Tuesday’s game was a rematch of last year’s North quarterfinal playoff, which the Raiders survived 47-43 in overtime. Williams did not play in that game either after tearing her ACL weeks earlier.
Reed (0-1, 0-1 in league games) will take a mini reprieve before playing at defending state champion Reno Dec. 19.