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McQueen senior Kendra McAninch is likely one of the prime female athletes in the North.
Jim Krajewski, jkrajewski@rgj.com

Bishop Manogue put itself in the drivers’ seat within the boys Northern 4A basketball race.

The Miners (13-2) beat two of the highest contenders this previous week, taking down Reed (14-2) on Tuesday, 55-forty eight, after which avenging an earlier loss to Spanish Springs (14-three) with a fifty six-49 win on Thursday.

Five weeks stay in the common season and it’s all league play from right here on out, which means Manogue won’t face Reed or Spanish Springs again until probably in the Regional event.

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Manogue and Spanish Springs performed for the North 4A Area championship last season with the Cougars profitable their first title.

Manogue coach Moe Golshani stated his returning players are determined to not let that happen again.

Golshani stated his workforce has been struggling on the free throw line, but is enjoying good protection which has made the distinction this season.

Manogue led Spanish Springs all through most of Thursday’s recreation, until DJ Panfili hit a 3-pointer with about 5 minutes remaining to offer the Cougars a short-lived 43-42 lead.

“We rely on our defense,” Golshani stated. “Even when it’s a 1-level recreation, up or down, our guys never give up. These youngsters need so badly to win the North this yr, they are going to depart all of it on the ground.”

The sport was played in entrance of packed fitness center at Manogue with a raucous, playoff-sort environment.

Reed bounced again from its loss at Manogue on Tuesday with a seventy seven-fifty eight win over Damonte Ranch on Friday. The Raiders beat Lowry, 77-seventy six, in a non-league recreation on Saturday afternoon.

Reed performs at Spanish Springs on Jan. 29.

Hug has gained three straight after beating Carson on Tuesday in triple extra time then beating Wooster, fifty four-fifty one, on Friday. Hug performs at Reno on Tuesday.

Women Basketball

There are four possible contenders in the women Northern 4A, all in the Excessive Desert League, defending champion Reno, McQueen, Reed and Spanish Springs.

Both Reed and Spanish Springs beat Bishop Manogue final week.

McQueen (13-1) pulled away from Galena on Friday night time to take a sixty five-33 win. The Lancers led by one before forcing several turnovers and converting them to straightforward baskets.

Reno is 11-4 with all its losses to California faculties.

Spanish Springs (12-5) has 4 losses to out of state groups and a loss to Fallon.

Douglas (5-6) is the top workforce within the Sierra League, followed by carson (5-8). Douglas hosts Manogue…