Spanish Springs, which has already played perennial Northern 4A powers Reed, Manogue and now Galena, fell to 1-4 in conference clashes and 7-8 overall. The local school's lone win in league play came on opening night in a romp over Wooster.
A slow start plagued Spanish Springs once again. The Cougars found themselves down 9-0 and did not score through the first five minutes of the game. Their first bucket came on a Morgan Allen jumper at the 3:00 mark of the first quarter.
The host Cougars trimmed the Grizzlies' lead to 11-7 after a Lyndsey Anderson layup with 2:08 to go in the initial period, but Galena got a 3-pointer from Taylor Schaller and back-to-back layups en route to holding an 18-7 edge after one period.
Anderson tallied a layup and putback that got Spanish Springs back to within seven, 18-11, just over a minute into the second period but Galena once again had an answer. A 10-2 outburst saw the Grizz forge ahead 28-13.
The Cougars hung around. It looked like they'd go into halftime down down, 10, 28-18, but Schaller banked in a trey in the final seconds before the break. That left Galena with a 31-18 edge at the intermission.
Spanish Springs had some fight left. A modest 9-4 SSHS run to begin the second half saw the Cougars trim the margin to single digits. Anderson capped the spurt with a layup with 2:30 remaining in the third that saw the scoreboard read 35-27 in Galena's favor.
That's when it turned ugly for Spanish Springs. Galena reeled off 12 straight points helped by a pair of Cougar technical fouls that resulted in four free throws and a basket.
Galena led 47-27 after the sequence, but Spanish Springs responded by scoring eight of the next 10 points to get within 14, 49-35. It proved to be too little, too late and the Grizzlies held on for the win.
"We did some good things, especially in the second half, but we hurt ourselves with slow starts," Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. "We've got to take the positives from this and keep working hard to get better."
Schaller led all scorers with 14 points. Emily Burns added 13 for Galena.
Anderson paced Spanish Springs with 15 points while Riley Holladay chipped in 10 in the loss.
Galena (10-5, 4-1) helped its cause by winning the rebounding war, 36-24.
Spanish Springs plays again Friday when it hosts North Valleys at 6 p.m. in a High Desert League affair.