The Cougars stifled Western in the early game, taking a 58-40 decision.
Western did most of its damage in the fourth quarter against reserves after Spanish Springs held Western to four points in the third quarter to increase its lead to 40-21.
Riley Holladay poured in 14 points to lead Spanish Springs. Hannah Woytek added 10.
The second game of the day didn’t go as well for the Purple and Silver, which had to take on the No. 1 ranked team in the state.
Centennial held Spanish Springs to 12-of-46 shooting and earned a 51-31 victory.
Jada Brown scored a game-high 13 points, while Breanna Workman had 11 for the host Bulldogs.
KK Lang led the Cougs with nine points.
“We struggled to score at times. We only had 12 turnovers, so that was a good thing, but we struggled to put the ball in the basket,” SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles said. “Part of that is they’re a good defensive team and are long and have some good players. They had a hand up in our face and made it tough to score.”
Spanish Springs (12-3) challenges Desert Oasis today at 1 p.m. in its final game of the tournament.
The Spanish Springs boys basketball team is continuing to benefit from learning experiences during its trip to Southern California for the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic.
Unfortunately, those learning experiences are coming with losses attached.
The Cougars nearly stormed back from a 16-point deficit but came up short, losing to Bishop’s of La Jolla, Calif. 67-66 Friday afternoon.
“The kids really fought hard. We were doen 16 and had a chance to win it in the end, but didn’t convert an inbounds pass,” SSHS boys basketball coach Kyle Penney said. “This was once again a great learning tool for us. A lot more is learned in the valleys than on the peak. We will be better in the long haul.”
Kenny Meyer erupted for a career-high 31 points to lead the Cougs, converting 10 of 16 shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.
However, Penney said his team struggled to play team defense and contain the ball.
Bishop’s led by a slim 33-32 margin at halftime but outscored Spanish Springs 22-14 in the third. The Cougars rallied in the fourth, winning the quarter 20-12, but it was one point short.
Spanish Springs concludes the tournament today at 1:55 p.m.