For the third straight year, Reno and Bishop Manogue met to decide the DI North title. And for the second straight year, the Miners hoisted the regional trophy.
Bishop Manogue used superior athleticism and a strong night from behind the arc to run away from Reno, 72-59, in Saturday’s DI North title game at Spanish Springs.
“Reno, you give them credit over there, they have the player of the year (Mallory McGwire), but our team played together and played us,” Bishop Manogue first-year coach Carlnel Wiley said.
Leading 42-32 at the half, the Miners (21-1) opened the third quarter on a 13-2 run to open up a commanding 55-34 lead over the Huskies (27-3). Tawni Henderson, who started the half with a triple, ended the run with another. Katie Turner also hit a pair of shots from deep in the run.
The lead got as large as 22 late in the third quarter, 61-39, before the Miners hung on for the 13-point win.
Wiley said he felt the start the second half put the game away.
“Absolutely,” he said. “A good cushion, with a good team like that, that’s great. And it’s great confidence going (down the stretch).”
McGwire, who led the Huskies with 19 points, went on a personal 7-0 run early in the fourth to pull her squad within 63-50 with 4:12 remaining but the distance shrunk no smaller than 11 the rest of the way.
Mikayla Shults had 13 and Dominique Harding had 12 as the Huskies saw their 12-game winning streak come to a close.
Turner led the Miners, who had five finish in double figures, with 20. Malia Holt had 14, LT Nixon and Tawni Henderson both chipped in 12 and Hannah Bingham threw 11 points into the mix.
“That’s just a making a play for their teammates and sharing the ball,” Wiley said of the offensive distribution. “And knowing each other … That’s on them. They calmed themselves down. I know they were racing, caught up in this moment, championship, I get it.”
Because state is in Northern Nevada this year, at Lawlor Events Center, both teams still advanced to the state tourney.
Winners of 17 straight, the Miners will open Thursday against Liberty (25-3), the Sunrise champion. That tip is at 6:20 p.m.
“Come on now, we wanted to win this game to get momentum into state,” Wiley said.
Reno plays Centennial (29-1), the Sunset champ, earlier in the day at 3 p.m.
Centennial, the No. 6 ranked team in the county on Maxpreps.com, ran past Reno, 91-56, in Las Vegas on Dec. 30.