The two-time defending state champions announced their intentions loud and clear with a blowout win to open the Northern Division I playoffs.
The result of the game was never in any doubt as the Reno girls basketball team played host to Carson on Wednesday night and led wire to wire in a win over the Senators, 78-33.
“We came out strong, and I thought we came out focused,” Reno coach Shane Foster said. “I was pleased with the way we played defense. … Overall, just really pleased with our effort.”
The Huskies were lead by freshman guard Mikayla Shults’ 20 points. Shults hit two buckets from beyond the arc, went a perfect 8-8 from the line and had a nine-point third quarter.
“We just all work together,” Shults said. “They got me open shots and open layups. It’s basically a team effort.”
The teams’ leading scorer and rebounder on the season, Mallory McGwire, finished with 15 points, four rebounds and two blocks in about 13 minutes of action. She sat the entire fourth quarter.
To start the game, Reno leapt out on a 16-0 run and didn’t allow a Carson point until the 3:03 mark of the first quarter. Carson wouldn’t get its first field goal until 1:20 left in the quarter, and by the end of the first, the Senators would trail 23-3.
Carson improved its play in the second quarter, scoring eight points, but still was no match for the Reno attack as the Huskies pushed their lead to 31 at half.
The second half featured a running clock as Reno was able to get its bench involved in the game and rest some of its starters in preparation for its next playoff game.
The Senators were led by Michelle Perry (eight points) and Kayla Aikins (seven points).
The Huskies will now travel to Carson to face Douglas in the semifinals on Friday at 7:15.
“We just need to be focused,” Shults said. “We have to get ready to play whoever is next.”
Girls Division I Semifinals
FRIDAY: 5:30 p.m., B.Manogue vs. Reed. 7:15 p.m., Reno vs. Douglas