Reno runs past Reed
The Raiders dropped into a third-place tie with McQueen after a 63-43 home loss to Reno on Tuesday night.
Reed (15-5, 9-4) now sits deadlocked with McQueen, one game back of second-place Spanish Springs. Reno (20-4, 12-1) is two wins from clinching yet another High Desert League title.
Serene Townsell-Williams and Vanessa Hernandez both scored eight points in the loss.
Mikayla Shults led Reno with 18 points. Kaitlynn Biassou wasn’t far behind. She turned in 17.
The first time the two teams played, Reno enacted the running clock mercy rule early in the second quarter of a 66-37 win. Tuesday’s contest was much more competitive, at least early.
Reed trailed just 23-19 at the half before getting outscored 18-4 in the third quarter, ending any ideas of an upset bid.
With just one game separating three teams (Reed, Spanish Springs, McQueen) from potentially opening the postseason at home, or on the road at undefeated Bishop Manogue, Reed hosts McQueen in a crucial contest on Friday night.
The Lancers won the first meeting in Northwest Reno, 45-37, two weeks ago.
Spanish Springs standing strong in second
The Cougars maintained a hold on second place in the High Desert League with a 63-56 win at North Valleys on Tuesday night.
Spanish Springs (16-7, 10-3) remained one game clear of both Reed and McQueen with its fifth win in its last seven. North Valleys (8-12, 5-9) was eliminated from postseason contention with the loss.
The Cougs pulled out the road win despite the Panthers’ Jada Casper exploding for 29 points.
Anhelica Shanrock led the Spanish Springs offense with 15 points. Both Mackenzie O’Connell and Kierra Johnson added eight.
The guests were in control throughout. They led 33-20 at the half then fended the Panthers off in the second half, taking a 43-36 lead to the fourth.
Spanish Springs plays its final regular season home game of the year on Friday night, against winless Hug.
4A North scoreboard
Reno 63, Reed 43
Spanish Springs 63, North Valleys 55
Galena 38, Wooster 11
Douglas 58, Damonte Ranch 37
McQueen 50, Hug 5
Bishop Manogue 87, Carson 20
Sparks still winless
A zero remains in the win column for Sparks after Tuesday night’s 62-9 loss at Fallon.
The first-place Greenwave improved to 19-3, 13-0 in the 3A North.
Sparks returns home on Friday to host South Tahoe.
Cougs’ magic number down to one
Spanish Springs grew its winning streak to 11 on Tuesday night with a 94-49 shellacking at North Valleys
The Cougs (18-4, 13-0) are now just one win from clinching the league title, which would be just the second in program history. Spanish Springs can lock up the High Desert League No. 1 seed on Friday night with a home win over Hug.
North Valleys fell to 9-14, 2-11.
Twelve different Spanish Springs players scored in what was by far the HDL leader’s most productive offensive night of the season, and beyond. The most points the Cougs scored in 2016-17 before Tuesday night was 77 – twice.
Limited research suggests it was the first time Spanish Springs has ever broken the 90-point threshold.
Marcus Loadholt led the way with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the floor. Jalen Townsell and Damani Craig also reached double figures, both finishing with 15. Josh Prizina flirted with a double-double. He scored nine points and pulled down eight rebounds.
The Cougars shot 59 percent from the floor (39-for-66) and won the rebounding battle by an egregious tally of 42-17.
AJ Dennis scored 15 points to highlight North Valleys’ offense.
The score was 35-14 after the first quarter and 59-30 at the half.
Friday’s home game against Hug will be the Cougs’ final regular-season home contest of the year, meaning the potential exists to celebrate a league title on Senior Night.
Reed routed by Reno, stays in third
The Raiders were handled by second-place Reno at home on Tuesday night, 80-53.
Lincoln Turner scored 24 points, it just wasn’t enough to keep up with the Huskies, who led 20-2 after the first quarter.
Reed dropped to 7-14, 6-7 in the 4A North, but got some help from Hug. The Hawks upset McQueen on Tuesday night, keeping the Raiders one game ahead of the Lancers for third place in the High Desert League with three games remaining. Reno improved to 17-5, 10-3, staying three games behind league-leading Spanish Springs.
Jeremy Ramos added 10 points in the loss. Matt Williams finished with seven.
Drew Rippingham led Reno with 23 points on six shots from behind the arc – five in the first half. Tommy Challis scored nine fourth-quarter points to finish with 17.
Reed can clinch the No. 3 seed on Friday night with a home win over McQueen.
4A North scoreboard
Reno 80, Reed 53
Spanish Springs 94, North Valleys 48
Hug 47, McQueen 45
Bishop Manogue 51, Carson 48
Douglas 70, Damonte Ranch 51
Galena 67, Wooster 51
Railroaders get on the board
It finally came together for Sparks on Tuesday night at Fallon.
After so many close losses, the Railroaders turned in their best performance of the season and picked up their first 3A North victory, 73-59.
Sparks moved to 2-18, 1-11 while the Greenwave dipped to 9-12, 6-7 with the upset defeat.
The Railroaders outscored the Greenwave 40-28 in the second half after holding a narrow 33-31 edge at the half.
Sparks will try to make it two straight on Friday night when it welcomes South Tahoe (15-5, 10-2) to the Brickhouse. The Vikings won the first meeting two weeks ago at the lake, 73-47.