Freshman Reed pours in 38 in Warriors’ win
STEPHENS CITY — With much of their team returning and fresh off of last season’s trip to the Region II Tournament, the Sherando High School girls’ basketball team has high expectations for another postseason trip.
However, even the Warriors had to be a little bit surprised with the result of their season-opening game against visiting Liberty — a team that has enjoyed a great deal of success the last two years with a Group AA state title two seasons ago and a state runner-up trophy last season.
Sherando played so well from the opening tip to the final horn that head coach Kevin Reed couldn’t help but be happy. He was so happy and as proud of his team as any father could be after his daughter led the way.
Reed’s daughter, Lauren, a freshman playing her first game at the high school level, knocked down a school record nine 3-pointers and scored a game-high 38 points (just three shy of the school record 41 points), leading the Warriors to a more than impressive 87-29 non-district blowout victory over Liberty at Sherando High School.
Sherando sophomore Jessica Hakel finished three assists shy of a triple double, scoring 13 points, making 10 steals and dishing out seven assists (she also grabbed six rebounds).
“We got the ball rolling early and it just kind of avalanched from there,” Kevin Reed said. “We have some [former players] that care about this program and our girls are prepared because of what others have done. I’m more proud as a coach. I’m always proud of Lauren and Erica (Reed’s youngest daughter) as a father and I am most proud of what good teammates they are. As a coach I’m proud of how we played and how we played as a whole.”
Sherando (1-0) blitzed the Eagles from the outset. Leading 5-4 with just under six minutes to play in the first quarter, the Warriors went on a 18-2 run to take a 23-6 lead and never looked back. The Warriors closed the first on a 22-5 run and held a commanding 27-9 after one period of play — almost equaling Liberty’s total for the whole game (29).
Things only got worse from there for Liberty (0-2). With 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Kiaua Smith hit a short jumper to pull the Eagles to within 24-9. That would be the last field goal the Eagles would score until the 6:20 mark of the third quarter. And by then, the Warriors lead had ballooned to 42 points.
The Warriors forced 26 first-half turnovers and held the Eagles to just two points in the second quarter, both coming from the free-throw line and those didn’t come until there was 1:03 left in the first half. The Warriors turned their 18-point first quarter lead into a 51-9 advantage with a 24-0 run over most of the second quarter.
In the first half, the Warriors made 20 field goals and collected 19 assists.
As a team the Warriors knocked down 14 3-pointers, getting threes from five different players. But Lauren Reed’s school-record nine was a hot topic of discussion.
“Lauren’s an excellent shooter, even for her age, we expect her to shoot the ball,” Kevin Reed said.
Lauren added: “It’s a great way to start the year. I couldn’t ask for a better way to begin my freshman year. I understand we’re young but we’ve been playing together for three or four years — since middle school.”
With the big lead, Reed was able to use his entire roster as he pleased throughout the second half. Nine of the 10 Sherando players got into the scoring column.
Heidi Brown added nine points and five steals, and Erin Magalis chipped in six assists and four steals for the Warriors.