In the 10 years of its girls varsity basketball program, the 16 points ties a record low for a Spanish Springs opponent’s offensive production. The Cougars also held Sparks to 16 in an SSHS win during the 2002-03 season.
“It was definitely good for us to get a good win,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “I thought the girls played hard and were working hard to do some things we’ve been trying to improve on. We did things today we talk about that we have to do to win games, defend, rebound, take care of the ball and use our defense to get easy baskets.”
South Tahoe did not score in the first period. The Vikings’ first points came when Jackie Seawright got a 3-pointer to fall at the 4:10 mark of the second quarter.
Conversely, Spanish Springs ran off 18 points in the first four and a half minutes of the game and had a 20-0 edge at the completion of the first quarter. The Cougars didn’t let up. They strung together the first 11 points of the second quarter. Chrissy Beebe capped the outburst with an awkward, off-balance runner in transition. The bucket left Spanish Springs with a 31-0 advantage with 4:19 remaining before halftime.
South Tahoe managed seven points before the break. Spanish Springs sophomore forward Lyndsey Anderson made a putback with just over a minute left in the second quarter. That concluded the first-half scoring and the SSHS cagers took a 36-7 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The third quarter was the closest eight-minute stretch of the contest. Spanish Springs outscored its guests from the Lake just 11-8. That was far from the case in the fourth period when Spanish Springs responded by outscoring South Tahoe 20-1.
Not surprisingly, the Cougars dominated the stat sheet. Spanish Springs forced 31 South Tahoe turnovers and snatched 23 steals. The Cougars limited their giveaways to 14, a season-low.
The rebounding column was one-sided as well. The hosts won the war on the boards, 51-21. Spanish Springs shot 27-of-64 (42 percent) from the field compared to South Tahoe’s 7-of-29 (24 percent).
Nine of 11 players on the Cougars’ roster scored and three found double digits in the scoring column. Point guard Riley Holladay led the Cougars with 14 points and nine rebounds. Anderson chipped in 13 points and eight rebounds while Sam Owens added 13 points and seven boards. All three are sophomores.
No Vikings player scored more than five points.
“There were parts of things we did defensively that were good. We still have to improve off ball. We had decent ball pressure and had times where we anticipated well,” Eckles said.
“I haven’t really questioned that the girls will play hard but we have to play hard and play smart. We have to do the things we work on, the things in our system that make us successful. The girls did more of those today and we have to continue to do more of that.”
Spanish Springs evened its record at 5-5. The Cougars get six days off from game action before returning to the hardwood Monday in a first-round tournament affair against Del Campo of suburban Sacramento. The game will be at 10:30 a.m. in the Folsom (Calif.) Lady Bulldog Winter Classic.