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Girls basketball: Reno girls rout Galena


12:00 AM, Dec. 01, 2012 EST

Reno Huskies junior Alyson Rippingham drives past Galena Grizzlies guard Kaitlyn Hawthome in the first half of their game played at Galena High School in Reno, NV on Friday night November 30, 2012. / Tom Smedes/Special to the RGJ

The Reno girls basketball team cruised to a 70-22 victory over the host Galena team that was outmatched from the start.

Reno jumped out to a 9-0 lead against the Grizzlies and by the time the first quarter had ended, the score was 25-6. Coach Shane Foster's team would never look back from that point on.

Reno was led by Gigi Hascheff's 12 points, seven in the first quarter. Hascheff set the tone early on for the Huskies by frequently getting in Galena's passing lanes to cause turnovers. She was able to control both ends of the court with stingy defense, actively pushing the ball up the floor and dishing to teammates for open shots.

Throughout the game, the height of Reno's players constantly bothered Galena's shooters into poor shots. The Grizzlies routinely were forced into rushing their shots and the offense never was able to get on track.

Mallory McGwire, Reno's 6-foot-4 freshman, was largely responsible for Galena's offensive woes. She controlled the paint throughout and took over the second quarter by giving her team multiple second-chance opportunities as well dropping in eight points on her own

Even though his team won in dominant fashion, coach Foster wasn't satisfied with the Husklies' performance.

"We played better on offense, but we need to talk more on defense," he said.

Paige Brown and Kaitlyn Hawthorne were the standouts for Galena, combining to score 13 of the team's 22 points. The team fell to 0-2 after playing two of Nevada's toughest teams in Reno and Reed. Galena will look to rebound Tuesday when it heads to Carson City to play the Senators.

Reno will gear up for the biggest game of the young season when it heads to Sparks to take on Reed. The game marks Reno's first opportunity for revenge after Reed beat the Huskies four times last season, including in the state championship game.

"It's a big game right out of the chute", coach Foster said. "They (Reed) were there tonight, this game means a lot to both schools."

The two teams have been on a collision course since last year's championship game and next Tuesday will give the winner an early leg up in the High Desert League standings.

 

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