Reno raced out to a 22-3 lead after the first quarter and held off the Reed girls the rest of the way Friday as the Huskies got a 60-40 win.
In what was a battle of the top two teams in the High Desert League, Reed put themselves in a hole that they could never climb out of. Reno controlled the entire first half and led 32-11 at the break. The Raiders played much better in the second half and outscored the visitors by a point. Vanessa Hernandez led Reed with 15 points in the loss.
Earlier in the week, Taylor Johnson scored 14 points and Tori Baer added eight as the Raiders beat North Valleys 58-17 on the road last Tuesday.
Reed (13-2, 2-1) now sits in third place behind Reno and McQueen. They hosted McQueen yesterday and play at Hug Friday night at 5:15 p.m.
The Cougs took a 50-44 loss at McQueen last Tuesday in a game that was defined by struggles in the first and last quarters for the visitors.
Spanish Springs couldn’t get much going in the opening minutes and found themselves trailing 11-5 after the first. The Cougs bounced back and outscored McQueen 30-22 in the second and third quarters before stumbling in the fourth.
The Cougars (12-6, 1-1) hosted Hug on Tuesday and will play at first place Reno Friday night at 5:15 p.m.
The Railroaders stormed back in the fourth quarter last Tuesday and won its home conference game against South Tahoe, 55-47.
After trailing 39-29 heading into the final quarter of play, Sparks went on to outscore the Vikings 26-8 to secure the win.
The girls had a forgettable performance Friday in Fallon as they fell to Churchill County 56-10.
Sparks (3-7, 2-6) hosted Truckee yesterday and will play at Dayton Saturday aftSparksernoon at 1 p.m.
It was a busy stretch for the Warriors as they played three games in three days, starting Thursday at Mineral County.
Unfortunately for Excel, it was a tough three days as well as they lost to the Serpents 57-10 before falling to Coleville at home Friday, 54-18 and at Sierra Lutheran on Saturday, 28-15.
Excel was still in search of its first win yesterday at Pyramid Lake. The girls will host Sierra Sage Academy on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.