North Valleys got hot from the three-point line early in the game and the Raider had trouble handling that. Still the Raiders kept within an arms reach of North Valleys.
After trailing 8-4 early in the first, Reed's Tyler Pine sank a three to pull his team back within one point. Taylor Yancey hit the first of two free throws to tie the game at eight with 3:04 on the first-quarter clock.
North Valleys scored seven points to Reed's one point in the final 48 seconds for a 17-10 lead heading into the second.
"They hit some perimeter shots, they shot the ball pretty well that first quarter," Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. "I thought we had good energy and ran some good stuff. We got some looks."
Panthers' Aaron Short hit a triple to start the second for a 10-point edge over the visiting Raiders, 20-10. T.J. McCauley hit a jumper with 4:30 left in the half for a 24-17 lead for North Valleys. The Panthers ended the quarter with a seven-point lead over Reed, 31-24.
The second half did not go well for the Raiders (2-14, 1-6 High Desert League) who were never able to close the gap. The Panthers outscored Reed 12-3 in the first four and a half minutes of the quarter to take a 43-27 edge. A triple followed by two free throws put the Panthers up by 22 points 54-32. Reed's Mike Powell hit a jumper to pull the score to 20 to end the third quarter.
"I think they just kind of wore us down a little bit," Hall said.
After scoring the first basket of the fourth quarter, North Valleys did not score again until nearly the three-minute mark. Reed however, was unable to get much offense going but manage to cut the score to 14, 56-42.
After finally getting a basket in, North Valleys was able to score, mostly on free throws throughout the final minutes of the game en route to the 64-48 win.
Short led all scorers with 24 for the Panthers. John Callahan chipped in 12.
"You just hope to contain him because he's kind of a matchup nightmare," Hall said on Short. "You put a guard on him he's going to take you down low...He's so quick and athletic he's just a matchup nightmare."
Powell put in 12 for the Raiders Friday night.
Reed is back in action Tuesday, hosting McQueen High School.