Reed pulls out big win at McQueen
RENO — First-year Reed coach Joe Genung called it the biggest win in his young tenure. It’s hard to argue with him.
Jeremy Ramos and Lincoln Turner combined for 56 points (29 and 27 respectively) to help Reed build a late lead then hang on and escape with a 75-50 road win at McQueen on Tuesday night.
“It’s huge for us,” Genung said. “I wouldn’t say it’s the most important thing, because you have seven more games … This is a big win. It’s a big win for us.”
With the win, the Raiders (5-12, 4-5) moved into third place in the High Desert League. The Lancers also sit at 4-5 in 4A North contests, but currently don’t hold the tiebreaker due to the loss.
Reed nurtured a narrow 67-66 lead with less than four minutes left in the back-and-forth contest. The Raiders led by as much as six in the first half and the Mustangs led by as much as 11 before the two teams seemingly passed the lead back and forth like a tennis rally.
Ramos, who scored 11 of his game-high 29 points in the final quarter, then hit consecutive threes to give Reed its largest lead of the night, 73-66, with 2:39 remaining.
“It’s good to have your seniors show up,” Genung said of Ramos and Turner. “They shouldered a lot of minutes in the second half. You rely on your seniors and give them a chance to control their destiny. And they did.”
Following Ramos’ barrage, the Raiders appeared to shut it down. Over the final 159 seconds, they did not hit another field goal, turned the ball over three times, and went just 2-for-8 at the free throw line.
“We’re just going to have to get after each other in practice,” Genung said. “Our intensity in practice has to match the game. We have to make it hard for ourselves to execute something organized. Because the tendency there at the end, you even saw it with a couple turnovers, is everybody wanted to run to the ball like it was sixth-grade basketball. We have to execute, even when the pressure’s on.”
Fortunately for them, McQueen didn’t connect on another field goal down the stretch, either.
The Lancers got within 73-70 with 1:23 left following a pair of Tavian Cheaton-Dayton free throws, but drew no closer.
The second half featured three ties and three lead changes. McQueen led by as much as three. Reed’s late 73-66 advantage was its largest of the night.
The Raiders will attempt to even their regional record on Friday night, at home, against Hug (8-11, 3-6).
Spanish Springs routs Hug
Spanish Springs took care of Hug on the road Tuesday night, 69-39, to remain the last unbeaten team in 4A North play.
Jalen Townsell scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting and Marcus Loadholt finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting as the Cougs improved to 14-4, 9-0. The Hawks lowered to 8-11, 3-6.
Josh Prizina turned in a double-double, chipping in 13 points to go along with 10 rebounds (four offensive), five assists and three steals.
The Cougars can open up a three-game lead for first place in the High Desert League with a home win over Reno (14-4, 7-2) on Friday night.
4A North scoreboard
Reed 75, McQueen 70
Spanish Springs 69, Hug 39
Galena 73, Bishop Manogue 61
Carson 47, Damonte Ranch 41
Douglas 57, Wooster 38
Reno 74, North Valleys 47
Slow start dooms Raiders on the road
Reed was held to just two field goals in the first 12 minutes of play Tuesday night at McQueen and suffered its second-straight loss, 45-37.
With the defeat, the Raiders (11-4, 6-3) sunk to fourth place in the High Desert League. The Lancers (13-6, 7-2) gained sole possession of third, one game clear of the Raiders.
The slow turnover-riddled start left Reed down 19-7 with four minutes left in the second quarter. McQueen scored the first basket of the second half to grab a 33-20 lead, but did not score again the rest of the quarter. The Raiders couldn’t capitalize.
The only scored four points of their own in the sloppy quarter.
Reed got within five on two different occasions in the fourth, but could not string together enough possessions without turning the ball over.
Autumn Wadsworth led the Raiders with eight points. McQueen’s Kaila Spevack started the game on a personal 7-0 run and finished with a game-high 20 points.
Reed will look to stop the stop the mini skid on Friday night at home against Hug. The Hawks have not won a game this year.
Cougs throttle Hawks
Anhelica Shanrock scored 12 points to lead Spanish Springs over Hug, 51-13, on the road Tuesday night.
The Cougars improved to 14-5, 8-1 and kept pace with Reno, remaining in a tie atop the High Desert League. The Hawks are yet to win a game this year.
Spanish Springs led 19-1 after the first quarter and 33-5 at the half.
Alysa Dominguez chipped in eight points in the victory.
The Cougs host Reno on Friday night with the outright HDL lead on the line.
4A North scoreboard
McQueen 45, Reed 37
Spanish Springs 51, Hug 13
Carson 40, Damonte Ranch 26
Reno 61, North Valleys 17
Douglas 52, Wooster 21
Bishop Manogue 75, Galena 21