By Mike Bradley, reporting intern
Reed held North Valleys to four first-quarter points on Friday night but allowed a big run late and was stuck with a 48-44 home loss.
With the defeat, Reed (9-8, 8-6) fell into fourth place behind North Valleys, which is also 8-6 in DI North meetings. The Panthers own the tiebreaker over the Raiders by virtue of the regular-season sweep it completed on Friday night.
If the Raiders finish in fourth place, they will have to open the playoffs at Bishop Manogue in a week and a half. The Miners have not lost a DI North game this year.
Reed started hot, leading 11-4 at the end of the first quarter and ending the half up 22-17.
North Valleys stuck around the third quarter only trailing by six at the end of the period. After going on an 8-2 run, the Panthers tied the game up at 39-39 with four minutes remaining. Reed’s Taylor Johnson hit a three pointer shortly after, but North Valleys went on a 9-2 to finish the game.
“We just couldn’t finish in the second half,” said Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez. “We weren’t hitting our threes or making layups. We had a lot of opportunities to win that game.”
North Valleys’ Burrell led all scorers with 16 points in the win.
Reed goes to first-place Reno on Tuesday.