Action photos from the Reno vs Bishop Manogue basketball game at Reno High School on Jan. 9, 2014.
It certainly lived up to the pregame hype.
The Reno and Bishop Manogue girls basketball teams played a thrilling, back-and-forth, knock-your-socks-off game in front of a packed gym Friday at Reno.
In the end, Reno came away with a 64-61 win.
Mallory McGwire led all scorers with 26 points and 14 rebounds. The 6-foot-4 junior also had eight blocks, none bigger than the last one in the final seconds as she swatted away a short jumper to seal the win.
“It was very intense. … Manogue definitely gives us a good game every year,” McGwire said. “We kept our composure. Coach Foster tells us what to do. We listen to him and we just keep our composure and slow everything down and play hard.”
Also for the Huskies, Daranda Hinkey scored 14 points and McKain Murdock grabbed 10 rebounds as they improved to 12-2.
After Reno built an early 10-2 lead, neither team got ahead by more than 5. Manogue rallied to lead 13-11 after one quarter. From there, the teams spent most of the game trading the lead.
Reno led 31-28 at halftime and Manogue led 49-47 after the third quarter.
“Both these teams can play basketball. They have a lot of heart and there’s no quit in either side,” Reno coach Shane Foster said. “Manogue plays great basketball, they play very hard, they run their system and they do it well.”
Manogue’s last lead was 60-57 with 3 minutes, 24 seconds remaining. With 1:22 left, Hinkey coolly hit a 3-pointer from the right side, off the backboard, to give Reno a 62-61 lead.
With 17 seconds left, Manogue had a layup roll off the rim that would have given the Miners the lead. Manogue was then forced to foul and hit two free throws to close the scoring.
Foster said the Huskies caught a break on the missed layup.
“That was simply a breakdown in communication,” Foster said. “They did exactly what we thought they would do. They executed it great; we just fell apart.”
Breezi Holt led the Miners with 18 points and Maddi Lewis added 17 as they fell to 9-4.
“It could have gone either way. I’m going to leave it at that,” Manogue coach Craig Holt said. “I’m going to tell you right now that this team will be back. I know they’re down right now and they don’t like the way they feel, but they’re going to have another shot at it.”
RENO 64, MANOGUE 61
KEY PLAY: Daranda Hinkey hit a 3-pointer with 1:22 left to give Reno the lead for good.
KEY PLAYER: Mallory McGwire. The 6-4 junior scored 26 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had eight blocks.
UP NEXT: Reno plays at North Valleys on Tuesday while Manogue is at Galena.