A defensive adjustment led to a big turnaround and might have gotten North Valleys back on track.
The Panthers overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to beat Reed, 54-44, Tuesday at North Valleys.
Morgan Daniels and Passion Burrell each scored 14 points as North Valleys improved to 5-3 in league.
North Valleys put a little more pressure on Reed’s guards and tried to get in the passing lanes in the second half. It worked as the Raiders were limited to one shot on most trips down the court.
“During that third quarter we decided we need to work harder and we needed to come together as a team,” Daniels said.
The Panthers committed just four turnovers in the second half.
Sami Dinan said the Panthers learned they need to start games with that same intensity
“It means we can compete with anyone at any level,” Dinan said.
Serene Townsell-Williams and Tori Baer each had eight points for the Raiders, who fell to 5-4.
The Raiders don’t have any seniors. Three freshmen and two sophomores start for the raiders. Reed coach Sarah Schopper-Ramirez said her team’s youth was a factor
“It comes down to being young,” she said. “(North Valleys) has a good squad. They rebound well and jump well.
She said if the Raiders will be fine if they can turn around some close losses in the second half of league play.
“Every game has been close,” she said. “It takes a while to find roles and figure who’s doing what.”
North Valleys hosts Spanish Springs on Friday, then plays Bishop Manogue at noon Saturday at the Reno Events Center.
Reed hosts Reno on Friday.
“We’ve just got to ge a little bit stronger,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “I’m not too worried about it.”
Also Tuesday, Bishop Manogue beat Douglas 74-45, as Katie Turner scored 24 points including three 3-pointers. Malia Holt and Maddie Camacho each added 16 points and Tawni Henderson had 11 points.
Carson beat Galena, 54-34 and Reno beat Hug, 82-21 as Daranda Hinkey had 15 points.
McQueen beat Spanish Springs, 45-32, as Sadaria McAlister scored 15 points.
Alexis Hunter had 23 points, Morgan Waller had 14 and Kyra Bruesewitz had 12 as Damonte Ranch beat Wooster 63-29.