The race for the top spot in the High Desert League came down to the wire over the weekend when Reed hosted Spanish Springs in the last regular season game of the season.
In a game that was pushed back a day due to winter weather, the Raiders came out on top 65-61 over their Rail City rival, giving the teams a share of the HDL title. Both teams beat each other once this season and finished 7-1 in league play.
Despite coming out on top, the Raiders entered the regional tournament this week as the No. 2 seed while the Cougs were able to hold on to the No. 1 spot. The outcome came down to just three points as the Cougs defeated Reed by seven on Jan. 29 and only lost by four on Saturday. The Raiders finished the regular season with an overall record of 21-3 while the Cougs are 21-4 overall.
The 4A regional tournament began yesterday and features the top four team from the High Desert League and the top four teams from the Sierra League.
The top seed from the Sierra League Bishop Manogue (10-0) hosted No. 4 Hug (2-6) and No. 2 Reed (7-1) squared off against No. 3 Douglas (5-4) in the quarterfinals Tuesday in the top half of the bracket. On the other side, No. 1 Spanish Springs (7-1) played host to No. 4 Damonte Ranch (4-6) while No. 2 Galena (8-2) took on No. 3 Reno (4-4). The winners of those games will meet each other Thursday in the single elimination bracket.
Thursday’s semifinal games are set for 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. at Carson High School. The league championship game will be Saturday at Carson High at 6:15 p.m., and both teams in that game will automatically advance to the state tournament in Las Vegas next week.
Girls open playoffs tonight
The Reno High girls knocked off Spanish Springs 52-48 last Tuesday to claim the No. 1 playoff seed from the High Desert League.
Despite losing out on the top spot, the Cougs took down Reed on Saturday, 75-56, to secure the No. 2 seed in the tournament while the Raiders will be the three seed and McQueen the fourth.
Bishop Manogue (10-0) earned the top spot from the Sierra League and will host McQueen (4-4) tonight at 7 p.m. The rest of the games were yet to be determined as of Monday afternoon pending the outcome of Carson’s game at Douglas Monday night.
Spanish Springs (6-2) will host either Damonte Ranch, Carson or Douglas tonight at 7 p.m. while Reed will play at whichever school earns the No. 2 spot tonight at 7 p.m. as well.
The semifinals are set for Friday at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. at Carson High with the title game Saturday at Carson at 4 p.m.