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Manogue rallies, takes thriller from Reno


12:00 AM, Jan. 30, 2013 EST

Manogue's Hanna Santos fouls Reno High's Morgan McGwire on Tuesday. / Tim Dunn/RGJ

After trailing the entire game, Sierra league-leading Bishop Manogue stunned Reno High 54-51 on Tuesday.

The Miners started the fourth quarter down by six but capitalized on the struggling offense of the High Desert-leading Huskies, and used a 9-0 run late in the fourth to take a four-point lead. The run was capped by Gabbi Concepcion's free throws with just more than two minutes to play.

Reno's Gigi Hascheff got to the line on the next possession, and set up a dramatic finish by sinking both free throws.

After inbounding the ball, Concepcion was once again sent to the line, but she split the free throws, making it a three-point game.

With just 30 seconds to play, Hascheff found an easy bucket in the paint, cutting the lead to one.

Reno fouled Manogue guard Brianna Holt, who stepped to line and put the Miners back up by three.

After missed free throws by both sides, Reno brought the ball up looking to tie with a three. After a miss and scramble for the ball, the Huskies got the ball into the hands of their star.

Hascheff double-pumped to avoid a defender and put up a difficult 3 that fell just short, giving Manogue its biggest win this year.

"We were able to run," Manogue coach Craig Holt said.

"We didn't play real well in the first half, and I told those girls when we were down 12 at halftime, 'We're in better shape than them.' I knew we could come out and put some pressure on in the second half."

As time waned, Hascheff and the Huskies lost composure and struggled to execute their offense.

"We got in our heads." Hascheff said. "We got a little too mental. Mentally, we weren't making good decisions."

The game was largely dictated by the play of the two point guards. Hascheff led the way for Reno (19-3, 11-2) with 27 points, and Concepcion dropped in 26 for Manogue.

Ultimately, Concepcion outdueled her counterpart and helped the Miners (19-1, 12-1) stake claim as the top team heading into the postseason.

"We came into the game thinking we had nothing to lose," Concepcion said. "We wanted to leave it all on the floor. We just wanted to play our game."

 

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