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Girls basketball: No Gabby, no problem for Reed


12:00 AM, Jan. 23, 2013 EST

In a battle of two teams missing their best players, Reed had an answer.

The Raiders (10-1) rolled to a 65-37 win over Carson (8-3) in girls basketball Tuesday at Reed.

Reed played its first full game without star Gabby Williams, and the team knows it must find a new identity without her.

"I was happy tonight," Reed coach Sara Ramirez said. "They came out, played good defense, and found a way to score 65 points without her."

Along with implementing a new offense over the weekend, Ramirez said the team, as a whole, must step up to fill the void Williams left.

"The team needs to fill the shoes," she said. "You can't put it on one person and say, 'Hey, you've got to become Gabby Williams.'"

The Raiders played well despite having very little practice time to put in the new offense without her.

Tyler Sumpter came up big for the Raiders in her new role as a leader by handling the ball more, taking on the scoring load and creating for her teammates. She led the way with 29 points.

"I had to play a role I've never played," Sumpter said. "It was difficult at first, but I'm getting used to it."

Even though Reed lost Williams as a player, Ramirez said the team will still make use of her knowledge of the game by using her in a coaching role

"She still going to be leading from the bench," Ramirez said. "I don't think I've lost her in a leadership role. You don't lose her at all. You gain her as a coach."

With Williams looking on, an emotional Reed team jumped out to a 22-4 lead. After the run Reed used to open up the game, Carson played the Raiders fairly evenly, but wasn't able to overcome the early deficit.

Carson was also banged up. The Senators played without leading scorer Savannah Smith. The team also played without sixth man Gina Peacock, and point guard Natalie Salas played while fighting strep throat.

"I'm more proud of this loss than I was for our win last weekend at Galena because our younger kids had to step up," Carson coach Nathan Tolber said. "There was no safety net of the more experienced kids. They battled the whole time."

 

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