RENO—Zach Sanford’s debut as Reed’s new coach got spoiled in a big way Tuesday night at Manogue.
The Miners scored four seconds into the contest off the tip and didn’t ease up the rest of the night, handing Sanford, and his Raiders, a 70-36 loss in the season opener.
“They outworked us and beat us down the floor countless times and outrebounded us,” Sanford said. “In every asset of the game, we just got beat. And that’s tough.”
Manogue literally ran away with it in the first half.
The Miners led 39-12 at the break with 18 points coming on the fast break in transition.
“They (Miners) are aggressive. That’s the style they want to play,” Sanford said. “But at the same time, it comes down to pure effort and we just didn’t have it tonight. We just watched countless fast break layups.”
The second half started in similar fashion with Johnny Reiley throwing down a fast break dunk (one of three third-quarter dunks from the Miners) on Manogue’s first possession of the second half.
Reiley was one of three Miners to reach double figures. Brevon Bansuelo and Aiden Cantwell also reached the mark. All three finished with 15 points.
Lincoln Turner was a bright spot for the Raiders in the loss, going for a game-high 21 points. Jeremy Ramos finished with 11.
“Lincoln played well. He was aggressive (and) stayed aggressive,” Sanford said. “He led this team and what we expected of him.”
The difference ballooned to as much as 40 early in the fourth quarter before the Raiders closed on a 10-4 run.
The Raiders (0-1, 0-1) return to action Thursday afternoon, again at Bishop Manogue, against St. Mary’s (Calif.) in the first round of the Wild West Shootout. Tip is at 3 p.m.
“This is one game. This isn’t going to make or break us,” Sanford said. “We just have to be better at executing. We have to be better at boxing out, rebounding and competing. At the end of the day, if that’s what we do, I’ll live with the results.”
Turner’s 30 burger too much
RENO—The schedule makers didn’t do the Reed girls any favors.
The Raiders opened the season Tuesday night, on the road, against Bishop Manogue, the defending DI North champ.
And they held an early lead but Manogue point guard Katie Turner exploded for 30 points and the Miners methodically pulled away in the second half to hand the Raiders a 68-59 season-opening loss.
“Katie Turner is an awesome point guard … She is a problem,” Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “She takes care of the ball … When we were up in her she just went by. She just reads it so well … She took over for her team when they needed her.”
Taylor Johnson hit a six-foot jumper with four minutes left to cut the gap to 60-53, but the Miners put the game away with an ensuing 8-1 run, capped with a Turner triple from the corner with 2:35 left, to spot the Miners a 68-54 advantage.
Reed closed on a 5-0 spurt.
“I think we played hard. I really do,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “Hey, it’s the first game out. I can’t really say too much. I’m actually proud of my girls.”
Johnson scored 18 for the Raiders in the losing cause, along with Serene Townsell-Williams, who also dropped 18.
Johnson went off in the first quarter, scoring 11 of her 18 points, as Reed took a 19-13 lead to the second quarter.
Manogue responded with a 15-4 run to start the second quarter, taking the lead for good with a Turner pull up triple from the top of the key with 5:08 left in the half. Battling early foul trouble, Townsell-Williams was forced to watch while Manogue went on the run in the second quarter.
“I think we were on a little bit of a high,” Schopper-Ramirez said of the Miners’ run. ‘’You know, we’ve only had two weeks of practice so we’re not in shape, (which) hurt a little bit … When Serene sat for four minutes, that kind of killed us.”
The lead grew to as large as six, 33-27, before the Raiders took a 36-31 deficit to the locker room.
Reed returns to the court next Tuesday when it travels to Carson for another DI North contest.