The unfamiliar defensive look thrown at them on the road by McQueen Friday night temporarily limited the Raiders before they saw something old: a lopsided final score in their favor.
Reed led the Lancers just 9-5 midway through the opening quarter before routing the Lancers 83-39.
The win improved Reed to 8-1, 4-1 in league games, and extended its winning streak to eight games. The hosts fell to 5-9, 1-2 in league games.
“We still have things to work on defensively. When we manned up a little bit we got beat a few times,” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “We just have to fine tune that a little bit. Our rebounding I thought was really good. We held them mostly to one shot every time down and that’s been a focus at practice.”
As she has been nearly her entire prep career, Gabby Williams was undoubtedly the best player on the court. With a lone defender covering her, Williams regularly used her burst to get to the edge and simply roll the ball into the hoop.
Despite lengthy turns on the bench in the second, third and fourth quarter, Williams finished with a game-high 29 points.
“She proved why you can’t play man-to-man,” Ramirez said. “If you do play straight man-to-man, she can take over, and she did … She just wants it.”
After leading 9-5 midway through the opening quarter, the Raiders finished the first quarter on a 12-0 run and the rout was on.
Reed led 39-17 at the break and 60-33 after three quarters before grabbing the 44-point road win.
Aneesa Mwakapumba’s three-pointer with 3:30 left in the fourth quarter put the running-clock rule into effect. Mwakapumba finished with eight points.
“There is a couple new offenses I’ve thrown in, in the last couple days and they didn’t execute (them perfectly) today so of course there is a few things we want to work on that,” Ramirez said. “But other than that, we are right there.”
Three other Raiders took advantage of the man defense and finished in double digits: Tyler Sumpter (20 points), Nakiyah LeSure (14) and Tina Vernon (10).
Sadaria McAlister led the Lancers with 12 points and accounted for all five of McQueen’s early first-quarter points to remain within 9-5.
“I think we are rolling. We haven’t seen everybody in our league yet but after next week we’ll know exactly where we are at and then prepare to play everybody again,” Ramirez said. “But I like what we are seeing. As soon as we see everybody, we will see where we are at and I think we’ll be right there.”
The Raiders look to extend their win streak to nine at home Tuesday against North Valleys. The Panthers (6-7, 2-2) were smacked 68-24 by Reno Friday.