That’s what a fast start can do for a team.
The Bishop Manogue girls were fired up to begin the game and the Reno girls seemed stunned.
The Huskies recovered, but spent a ton of energy catching up and Manogue took a 66-61 win in a girls Northern Division I basketball game Friday in front a near-capacity crowd at Manogue.
Malia Holt scored 18 points and Katie Turner added 14 as the Miners improved to 5-0 in league, 10-1 overall.
Manogue raced out to a 17-3 lead midway through the first quarter, but Mikayla Shults caught fire and scored all 11 of her points as the Huskies went into the break ahead 30-29.
Holt said the win was a team effort.
“We all worked together. When people weren’t hitting shots, other people hit them,” Holt said. “We came out on fire, and then we started getting tired, and that’s when we started missing shots. We were excited.”
She said the win will give the Miners a boost of confidence going forward.
Manogue coach Carlnel Wiley said the Miners’ defense, especially on Mallory McGwire, the Huskies 6-foot-4 center, led to the win.
“It goes back to team discipline, and learning the game, and knowing, when we have time like that, then you’ve got to play the clock,” Wiley said.
He kept his starters in much of the game, despite some playing with foul trouble.
He said keeping his players healthy and fresh for the remaining games will be paramount.
The Huskies were not as energized as the Miners to start the game. They allowed the Miners to make multiple passes, often leaving players open from the corner. The Miners hit seven 3-pointers and had numerous others roll out of the basket.
“We did not contain the basketball. They beat us off the dribble,” Reno coach Shane Foster said. “Getting off to that slow start, it just took a tremendous amount of energy to get back in the game and as soon as we got, all of a sudden we had a letdown.”
Manogue double teamed McGwire most of the game. She scored 19 points, 16 in the second half as Reno fell to 5-1 in league, 14-2 overall.
Foster said the Huskies made too many mistakes, especially turnovers, which were the biggest difference.
“It was a pretty intense basketball game. The kids were giving a tremendous amount of effort out there on the floor. We’ll come back from it,” Foster said. “They got this one. We’ll regroup. If we get the opportunity to play them again, we’ll do some things differently and we’ll see what we can as far as changing the outcome.”
Reno and Manogue, which have played in the past two Northern Region championship games, do not meet again in the regular season.
In other games Friday, Spanish Springs beat Galena, 50-43; McQueen beat Carson, 45-36, Damonte Ranch beat North Valleys, 60-38; Douglas beat Hug, 56-16, Reed beat Wooster, 69-27 and Dayton beat Sparks, 51-21.