The goals for Sierra senior Derrian Reed’s final season of high school hoops are clear.
The 6-foot-1 combo guard wants to lead the Stallions to their fourth Colorado Springs Metro League title in as many years.
Individually, Reed wants to earn the opportunity to play at the next level and solidify himself as one of the state’s top shooters.
So far, so good.
Reed is the only returning Stallion to average more than a point per game from Sierra’s run to the second round of last year’s state tournament. He was second in scoring at eight points per game in his junior season.
Through four games of his senior year, Reed is averaging 25.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.5 assists to earn Peak Performer of the Week honors.
“He has a young group around him, which is even more impressive in terms of his leadership, so what can I say?” Sierra coach Terry Dunn said. “He’s lived up to the billing and expectations having played with eight seniors last year.”
One of those seniors was C.J. Jennings, now a freshman guard who is earning minutes at Division II West Texas A&M. Jennings was the alpha dog a year ago.
Now that’s Reed’s role.
He’s handled it well, scoring at least 18 points in each game, connecting on 63 percent of his field goals and making 14 of his first 24 3-pointers.
“He can score from multiple areas on the floor,” Dunn said. “It’s not just a shooter, not just a driver. He understands offense. He understands where shots come from, so I think a huge part of his (high) percentage is shot selection.”
A year ago, Reed shot 36 percent on the season.
“I had to step up, score more… do a lot more than my past roles,” Reed said.
Reed and Dunn agreed the senior’s best high school game to date came in the Stallions' opener. While Falcon won the early matchup by seven, Reed was the star. He cashed in on 7 of 10 tries from distance and led all scorers with 36 points.
“I was in the zone. My teammates found me a lot,” Reed said.
“If I see the the first couple shots go in, I know I’m on a roll.”
He added a team-high 10 rebounds to go with seven steals and a pair of assists.
“In terms of overall performance, absolutely,” answered Dunn when asked if that game was Reed’s best in a Sierra uniform. “I think last year he didn’t have to have those types of performances because of the upperclassmen he had around him. Maybe he deferred a little bit, but this year, he’s taking the reins. He has far exceeded my expectations.”
His 18-point game came in a lopsided loss to Denver East, one of the top teams in Class 5A, at the Fairview Festival. The Stallions were the only 4A team in the tournament.
Reed helped Sierra rebound after an 0-2 start, as the Stallions beat Palmer in overtime on Wednesday before dropping Denver South by 17 in the tournament’s consolation final. He had 23 and 25 points, respectively, in the wins and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds to go with four assists and three steals against Denver South.
The complete efforts, Reed said, are his way of setting the tone for a group of younger teammates.
“I’m trying to lead,” Reed said.
“If you can’t get points, do something else. My way of doing that, is getting that (rebounding) job done too.”
If Reed can get a team with five underclassmen on a 10-man roster to follow his lead, the belief is the Sierra star can finish the season with a check next to each of his goals.
“I certainly think he has the skill set and tools and mindset to play at the next level,” Reed said.
That mentality might be needed down the stretch as the Stallions have established themselves as the hunted in the CSML.
“The past three years, we’ve beaten everyone for league,” Reed said. “People are trying to beat Sierra because that will make their season. There’s a lot of pressure on me to be the star on the team, but other than that, I’m still confident my team can do it.”
Other Peak Performers
Megan Engesser, Colorado Springs Christian School
The junior is the state’s leading scorer at 27.7 points per game, helping the Lions to a 3-0 record. She recorded her first double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-28 win over Pueblo Centennial and added six steals and six assists. The Lions have won each game by at least 43 points.
Sydney Dolloff-Hott, Manitou Springs
The junior won four different events and helped the Mustangs win a dual and a triangular last week. Dolloff-Hott won the 100-meter butterfly and 200 freestyle in a 133-46 win over Widefield/Mesa Ridge before winning the 50 free and 100 breaststroke as Manitou Springs topped Salida and Alamosa on Saturday.
Brady Shannahan Rampart
Shannahan, a junior center and winger, helped the Rams to a 2-1 start after a lopsided loss to Pueblo County opened the season. A 4-3 win over Coronado followed on Friday before Shannahan’s pair of goals helped Rampart to beat Mullen 6-2.
Payton Miles, Mitchell
Miles went 3-0 at the weekend’s Columbine Invitational to win the 220-pound bracket. A 3-2 decision over Roberto Lopez sent the Marauder junior to the final, where he made quick work of Thomas Garnica, pinning the Thomas Jefferson sophomore in the second period. Mitchell finished fifth in the 19-team field.