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Reno pulls away from Reed girls in the fourth
by Nathan Shoup
Jan 24, 2014 | 947 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Friday nights’ meeting at Reed between the Raiders and Reno was the most-highly anticipated girls basketball game of the season.

Reed came into the game riding an 11-game win streak. Reno, the defending state champions, had not lost since the Raiders left Reno High on Dec. 19 with a 50-47 win.

For 24 minutes, the game lived up to the hype. The lead changed hands 10 times in the second and third quarters and Reed hung on to 33-29 advantage into the fourth.

Reno then went on a 17-0 run over the final eight minutes as the Huskies grabbed a 46-33 win.

“I don’t know if we turned if we turned the pressure (defensively) up any more. We did want to get the ball out of Gabby (Williams’) hands, obviously everybody wants to get the ball out of Gabby’s hands,” Reno coach Shane Foster said.

After twisting her ankle in Tuesday’s win over Spanish Springs, it was uncertain if Reed’s Gabby Williams, who has committed to play at UConn next year, would play. Williams finished with a game-high 16 points despite being swarmed by defenders all night but aggravated the knee once again, and left the court for the second game in a row with 3:30 left.

Williams tore her ACL at the end of the regular season last year.

Ranked the No. 15 recruit in the country by ESPN, Williams spent the rest of the game of the bench. Reno led 38-33 when she left.

“I thought she was fine (before late-game injury),” Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. “I mean she wasn’t knocking down her regular jumpers but that happens when you take three or four days out of the gym so I wasn’t too worried.”

Reno (19-1, 8-1) was led by six-foot four-inch sophomore sensation Mallory McGwire. McGwire turned in a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, seven blocks and four steals. The scary part was the double-double wasn’t even her best game this week. Reno’s star scored 35 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a rout over McQueen on Tuesday.

“She was great,” Foster said. “She is getting better every game. She is rebounding the ball real well, strong. She is not swinging blocking shots, she’s just getting big and making it very difficult for people in the paint to score which is nice to have.”

Mallory’s senior sister, Morgan, finished with eight points. Dominique Harding was Reno’s leading scorer with 13 points, nine from behind the arc. Shalen Shaw joined Reno’s double-digit club with 10 points.

Because Williams was playing with a bum knee, Ramirez said she deliberately called for a slower pace of play to accommodate her best player. The 33 points scored was Reed’s lowest output of the season.

Reed’s pace slowed even greater in the fourth quarter, trying to shorten the game. Williams leaving midway through the quarter didn’t speed things up for Reed, either.

“I was planning to slow it down the whole game because Gabby wasn’t full speed,” Ramirez said. “She wanted to play and get out there, the knee was fine… Obviously playing a full-court game with Reno High, it was going to come down the fourth quarter and I knew that.”

Reed grabbed a 14-6 lead early in the first quarter before the visiting Huskies closed the initial eight-minute period with an 8-0 spurt.

Williams hit a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left in the first half to spot the Raiders a 23-21 advantage going into the locker room before they took a four-point advantage into the fourth quarter.

“(I told them) you just have to believe and get the ball out of Gabby’s hands and see if someone else can make something happen,” Foster said.

Brooke Cervantes was Reed’s second-leading scorer 10 points.

Reed (11-2, 6-2) now trails Reno by one game in the High Desert League title chase and plays at Galena Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m. The Huskies host Damonte Ranch Tuesday night.

It is unknown if Williams will play in Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies.

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