The final quarter did start off well for the Cougars. They went on a 6-0 run to open the final period and cut the Reno lead to only four, 47-43, with 6:14 to play. After that, the ladies in purple managed just two more points through the remainder of the contest.
After the 6-0 run by the Cougars, the Huskies clamped down on defense and went to work on the offensive end. From the 6:14 mark in the fourth quarter to the end of the game, the Reno girls put together a fatal 16-2 run to seal the win.
Reno sophomore Gigi Hascheff got the pivotal spurt going with a baseline jumper and a trey from the corner. The shots came on back-to-back Huskies possessions that followed a Reno timeout after the SSHS outburst to start the fourth.
"From the looks of it, our conditioning isn’t where it should be,” Cougars coach Christine Eckles. “We just couldn’t match Reno’s intensity.”
The Cougars’ biggest problem was defending the perimeter. The Reno sharpshooters camped beyond the line and drained nine 3-point shots in the conference clash.
The first half saw the Cougars keeping the game close while each team went back and forth trading baskets.
Lyndsey Anderson had a good rhythm in the first half for the Cougars on her way to scoring a team-high 17 points. For a two minute period in the second quarter, she made four straight shots while the girls from Reno struggled to guard her.
However, the Huskies constantly threw double teams her way in the second half limiting her to just two baskets after the break. Anderson finished 8-of-16 from the field for her 17 points and she also grabbed seven rebounds.
Riley Holladay followed up Anderson’s performance with 10 points and six assists for the SSHS club.
Shannon Gough led the Huskies with 19 points and burned Spanish Springs by dropping three shots from beyond the arc. CC Sobrio chipped in with 14 points and also sank three shots from 3-point land.
Spanish Springs dropped to 8-9 (2-5) and Reno improved to 13-2 (6-1). The Cougars’ next game is against Damonte Ranch at home Friday at 6 p.m.