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Reno girls run over Spanish Springs
by Tribune Staff
Jan 31, 2014 | 648 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reno girls basketball team is on a roll and it doesn't look like much can stop the defending state champions. Reno had little trouble dispatching league rival Spanish Springs at home Friday, 64-17.

The offensive output was the lowest of the season for the Cougars, who fell to 14-7 overall and 5-7 in league play with the loss.

Reno ran its win streak to 15 games. The Huskies lone loss of the winter season came at home to Reed on Dec. 19. The RHS girls now sit 21-1 overall and 11-1 in conference clashes.

Friday's tilt was never close. Reno ran out to a 27-6 lead after the first period and extended that to 41-10 by halftime. Reno put Nevada's 40-point running-clock mercy rule into effect in the third period and led 61-16 after three periods.

"The game started and I thought we had pretty good energy," Reno coach Shane Foster said. "Our pressure created some easy buckets and we rebounded well ... We took good shots. I thought we played one of our better games tonight."

Only five Spanish Springs players scored in the lopsided loss and no one Cougars player had more than the six points of all-league point guard Hannah Woytek.

Conversely, Reno got plenty of offense and from multiple contributors. Sophomore Mallory McGwire, a 6-foot 4-inch post, finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Shay Shaw, the Huskies' 6-foot 1-inch point guard, had 12 points and seven assists while senior post Morgan McGwire, 6-2, added 10 points and eight rebounds.

"The one thing you really can't control in basketball is size," first-year Spanish Springs coach Art Cardenas said. "They start three players over 6-1 and we don't have anyone taller than 5-9. So that makes it tough.

"We would come down and get one shot and then they'd come down and get multiple shots. That's demoralizing to the kids and the coaching staff, but still you try to just play and compete."

Spanish Springs will try to bounce back from a two-game league losing skid when its hosts Carson Tuesday night at 5:15 p.m.

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