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Miners take two from Cougars
by Dan Eckles
Dec 07, 2010 | 1039 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It was a long night for the Spanish Springs Cougars. The Bishop Manogue Miners scored 17 or more points in all four quarters and rolled to a 76-38 victory in boys prep basketball action Tuesday night.

Manogue's Ethan Dillard opened the game with a 3-pointer and it was just a sign of things to come. When all was said and done Tuesday, he had dropped seven 3-point bombs on the Cougars and posted a game-high 31 points.

He had early treys to start and end a 13-2 Manogue run that tipped off the game's scoring.

"Ethan shot the ball well," Miners coach Bill Ballinger said. "He shot it really well. He worked hard in the offseason and it's paying off."

Still, down 13-2 five and a half minutes into the game, Spanish Springs reeled off eight straight points to trim the Miners' lead to 13-10. Manogue responded with two more 3-pointers in an 8-0 burst of its own that concluded the first quarter with the private Catholic school on top 21-10.

"Manogue is good. There's no doubt about that," Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said. "They beat us with good ball pressure. That's the bottom line. Our guys can't handle that kind of pressure. That's obvious."

Manogue got a putback from Bryce Hallam with 4:24 showing on the second-quarter clock that saw it take a 32-16 advantage. The two teams traded buckets into halftime and the host Miners wound up taking a 38-22 edge into the locker room at the intermission.

Manogue put the game away in the third period. The Miners outscored Spanish Springs 20-4 through the first seven-plus minutes of the quarter. The spurt saw the Miners forge ahead 58-26.

They were still in the game at halftime," Ballinger said. "I told our kids, 'they're believing in themselves right now.' Kyle Penney's a good coach. He gets his kids to play hard … But we're hoping we wear people down. If it doesn't work, then somebody else is in as good as shape as us."

The Miners (2-1, 2-0) biggest lead of the game came on a Kenny Rogers follow that the left south Reno school on top by 38, 74-36, with just a minute remaining in the one-sided affair.

Dillard was the lone Miners player to hit for double digits in the scoring column, but eight other BMHS players found the scoring column in a balanced attack.

"We've got a ways to go to get there. With the way we play, we have to be a little sharper, but I'm happy," Ballinger said. "We're playing better than our opponents, so I can't be too dissatisfied."

Ryan Swanson had 12 to lead Spanish Springs, which was playing without its top scorer, Brandon DeLong, who could not play due to NIAA rules following an ejection Saturday.

Spanish Springs (2-2, 1-1) is in action again Thursday when it travels to Minden for a first-round game of the Douglas tournament.


The girls game wasn't any better for Spanish Springs as Bishop Manogue scored early and often. The Miners hit four 3-pointers in the first period and breezed to a 27-5 lead after the first eight minutes.

The Northern 4A crossover league game never got close and Bishop Manogue (4-2, 2-0) captured a 71-30 home win.

Six different Manogue players had eight or more points. Amy Yeager and Gabby Concepcion each led the way with 11 for the Miners.

Sam Owens had 10 points to pace the Cougars' (1-2, 1-1) offensive performance.

"Manogue is certainly better than us right now," Cougars coach Christine Eckles said. "And when they shoot it like they did tonight, they will beat a lot a of people."

Spanish Springs hosts its High Sierra Winter Challenge Thursday through Saturday. The Cougars open the event Thursday against Atwater, Calif. at 6 p.m.
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