Now they’ll get to see how much progress they’ve made.
The Reed girls led from the start on Wednesday, in taking a 58-28 win over Galena in a girls basketball North Division I Region playoff game at Reed.
Reed freshman Serene Townsell-Williams led all scorers with 15 points. Senior Nakiyah LeSure missed a triple-double with 14 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks. Taylor Johnson, also a freshman added 12 points.
Reed will face Bishop Manogue at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Carson in a semifinal game. Manogue advanced with a 70-33 win over McQueen on Wednesday.
“We’re just going to go after it. Give it everything we’ve got,” LeSure said of playing Manogue.
In the first game of the season, Manogue beat Reed, 89-60, on Dec. 2.
Reed coach Sarah Schopper said her team is playing well at the right time of the season.
“We’re working together. We’re playing as a team offensively and defensively, and that’s what we need to do in the playoffs,” Schopper said. “Play together, work together and good things happen.”
Schopper said her freshmen have played so much, they don’t seem like rookies anymore.
Reed led 16-8 after one quarter, and 33-13 at halftime.
Schopper said limiting turnovers will be key against Manogue.
“If we just take care of the ball, and handle their pressure, and make it a half court game, we’re right there,” she said.
She said that Dec. 2 game was not a good representation of how good the Raiders have become.
“As a coach, it’s exciting because I want to see we started and how we’re going to end,” Schopper said. “No matter what happens on Friday, I’m going to know exactly how much better we’ve gotten.”
Galena seemed rattled by missing many short jumpers early Wednesday night. Then, turnovers led to some easy Reed baskets.
“You have nights when the ball doesn’t go in, and you’ve got to defend to give yourself a chance,” Galena coach Jeff Keyes said. “Unfortunately, tonight we didn’t defend very well either.”
Kaitlyn Hawthorne and Hailey Hoffman each scored six points for the Grizzlies.
DOUGLAS 51, NORTH VALLEYS 49 at Douglas: Maddy Lowe made a free throw with 6 seconds left to lift the Tigers into the semifinals.
The game had been tied at 49 with 24 seconds left.
Leonna Mortimer led Douglas with 20 points and Corryne Millette added 13. Lowe finished with 10.
Morgan Daniels led North Valleys with 15 points, Passion Burrell added 13 and Karolina Perez had 10.
Douglas will face Reno at 7:15 p.m. Friday. Reno defeated Douglas, 62-40, in December.