If Tuesday’s season opener wasn’t decided after Reed held a 25-8 lead going to the second quarter, it was shortly after.
The Raiders scored the first 13 points of the second quarter and did not allow Damonte Ranch (0-1, 0-1) to hit a field goal until less than a minute remained, going on to cruise at home 68-18.
“For a first game, I thought we looked pretty good,” Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “Our defense looks like it’s going to sync and the nerves got out, so I was overall happy.”
Junior Taylor Johnson scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the first two quarters as Reed (1-0, 1-0) held a 40-11 advantage at the half.
Johnson was the only player, on either team, to finish in double figures. Vanessa Hernandez had nine. Jane Bluehorse and Serene Townsell-Williams had eight. Freshman Autumn Wadsworth had seven in her first high school basketball game.
Ameerah McLeud led Damonte with seven.
Most of Johnson’s damage came from behind the arc, where she hit five shots.
As a team, Reed made more triples (nine) than Damonte’s total number of field goals (eight).
Hernandez’s lone three ball with 5:20 left in the third quarter enacted the running clock mercy rule (35-point difference or more). Her shot pushed the hosts in front, 52-15.
The final 50-point difference was the largest of the night.
The loss proved particularly costly for the Mustangs, whose best player, Alexis Hunter, left late in the second quarter with a knee injury. She had to be carried to the bench and left the gym in a wheelchair.
Reed now prepares for a big early-season game next Tuesday at two-time defending regional champion, Bishop Manogue. Tip is at 5:15 p.m.
Shanrock leads Spanish Springs past Wooster
Twelve Spanish Springs players scored as the Cougars rolled over Wooster at home in Tuesday night’s season opener, 59-22.
Anhelica Shanrock was the only Cougar to reach double figures, finishing with a game-high 22 points.
Alexis Christy led the Colts with 12.
The Cougars held a narrow 13-4 lead after one quarter before ballooning the difference to 29-12 at the half.
Shanrock scored 13 of her 22 points in the third as the hosts broke it open.
Spanish Springs (1-0, 1-0) will host a non-league tournament this weekend then jump back into 4A North play next Tuesday at Carson (0-1, 0-1).
4A North Scoreboard
Reed 68, Damonte Ranch 18
Spanish Springs 59, Wooster 22
McQueen 59, Douglas 30
North Valleys 52, Galena 43
Bishop Manogue 73, Hug 6
Reno 59, Carson 10