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Holladay's career night lifts Cougar girls
by Tribune Staff
Jan 24, 2012 | 647 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MINDEN — A career offensive outing by Riley Holladay and a stellar all-around effort from Lyndsey Anderson propelled the Spanish Springs Cougars to a 54-40 Northern 4A crossover league win at Douglas Tuesday night.

Holladay, a three-year varsity player for Spanish Springs, finished with a career high 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field. The junior guard’s previous career high had been 19, twice. Holladay, a second-team all-league selection last year, also grabbed 12 rebounds, gave away five assists and snared a pair of steals.

Holladay got plenty of help from Anderson, her junior teammate who was a first-team all-league selection last winter. Anderson was 4-of-7 shooting for eight points, but she pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked an SSHS program record five shots.

“Riley and Lyndsey both played really well,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “When they don’t, that makes it a lot harder for us, but tonight they were both really ready to play and it showed in the numbers. They are our leaders so we need that from them. And they’re both great kids so I’m happy for them, too.”

Douglas jumped ahead 7-2 midway through the first period, but that was the highlight of the night for the hosts. Spanish Springs ripped off seven straight points, capped by a layup on the break from point guard Hannah Woytek with 2:40 left in the initial quarter. The bucket gave the Cougars a 9-7 edge and they never trailed again.

A Woytek jumper with 1:12 to go in the first finished the first-quarter scoring with the Sparks school on top 13-9.

Douglas trailed 15-11, seconds into the second period, but the visiting Cougars scored eight of the next 10 points. The burst ended when KK Lang drained a 3-pointer for a 23-13 SSHS lead, it’s first double-figure advantage of the night.

Douglas (10-12, 5-6) found itself down 33-25 at the intermission, but Spanish Springs scored the first eight points of the second half in a span of just over two minutes. that extended the Cougars’ lead to 41-25 and the Tigers were never able to get closer than 12 through the remainder of the contest.

“That stretch coming out of halftime was huge for us,” Eckles said. “We always talk about how the first three minutes of a second half can often define a game. We grabbed the momentum for good right there and it was good to see.”

Spanish Springs helped its cause by limiting Douglas on the glass. The Cougars won the rebounding battle 46-34. The Sparks school also shot a better percentage from the field, 43 percent (24-56) compared to the 33 percent (16-48) of the Tigers.

“They got us out of our flow in the half-court sets and they capitalized on it,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “They shot it real well during that stretch and that was the difference.

“We saw some good things, we scored 40 points. Most nights, that’s a win in this league, but we just gave up too many points and you can’t do that against a team like this.”

The Cougars, who improved to 16-6 overall and 8-3 in conference clashes, return to action Friday night at home against High Desert League against McQueen. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.
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