Julianna Waller dropped in a 3-point bomb and the Cougars had a quick 7-1 lead just over two minutes into the tournament tilt. Spanish Springs pushed its lead to 20-9 at the first quarter’s conclusion.
With three minutes remaining before halftime, Spanish Springs increased its lead to a game-high 20 points, 36-16. That’s when Del Campo began to show signs of life. Seven straight points by the suburban Sacramento school trimmed the Spanish Springs lead to 36-23 inside the final minute of the first half.
Riley Holladay got a runner in the lane to fall for the Cougars just before the buzzer sounded at the break, leaving the SSHS club on top 38-23 at the intermission.
Spanish Springs forced 15 first-half Del Campo turnovers and converted 17-of-27 field-goal attempts en route to capturing the large lead.
“I was very pleased with how we played in the first half,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “We did a really good job defensively. We caused some turnovers which led to easy baskets and that’s what we want to do with our pressure.”
The second half started well for the Cougars. Waller picked up a pair of steals and dropped in two layups in the first minute of the third period. The buckets pushed the margin to 19, 42-23.
Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, the offensive well went dry for over six minutes. Eight unanswered points from Del Campo helped it get within 11, 42-31. That’s as good as it got for Del Campo. The California school got as close as 11 on two occasions, but could never cut the lead into single digits.
“Del Campo started to be more aggressive in taking the ball to the basket and we didn’t defend that very well,” Eckles said. “And then we were not scoring in that stretch. We had some turnovers and weren’t able to execute some things offensively.”
Spanish Springs led 48-35 after three quarters and pushed its advantage to 17 multiple times before settling for the final 13-point victory.
Holladay, in just her second game back after missing six games with an injured knee, poured in a career-high 17 points. The sophomore’s previous best was a 14-point effort last season. She also had four assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Lyndsey Anderson chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for Spanish Springs. Sam Owens gave away 10 assists in the winning effort.
Ten of 11 players on the Cougars’ roster scored. Spanish Springs finished the game shooting 26-for-51 and improved to 6-5 on the season.
Del Campo finished with 27 turnovers. Amora Harding led Del Campo with 16 points.
Reed 61, Whitney 39
Reed coach Sara Schopper said her team missed 20 points worth of free throws but the Reed girls basketball team’s defense was aggressive and the press worked during its first-round matchup at the West Coast Jamboree.
The tournament uses a 30-second shot clock which forces the tempo of the game to be a little quicker.
The Rocklin, Calif. school had a girl who was taller than the Raiders’ lone post player, Nyasha LeSure. LeSure had a little trouble scoring, settling for 10 points. However, her teammates were there to provide much of the scoring.
Senior Micah Walker finished with a team-high 17 points, while freshman Gabby Williams added 15 in the winning cause.
Reed is back on the court today at 2:30 p.m.