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Spanish Springs girls knock off North Valleys
by Michael Lingberg
Jan 07, 2011 | 834 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS sophomore guard Sam Owens gets up a driving layup around NVHS defender Taylor Dockter.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS sophomore guard Sam Owens gets up a driving layup around NVHS defender Taylor Dockter.
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The strong play of sophomores Lyndsey Anderson and Sam Owens fueled the Spanish Springs Cougars girls basketball team in a 52-43 High Desert League victory Friday night.

Anderson was 8-of-12 from the field and finished with a game-high 16 points. She proved to be a reliable scorer on the block and she also rebounded well, pulling down nine boards. Additionally, she had five steals and three blocks.

Owens hit on 5 of 11 shots from the floor, including two 3-pointers and she contributed 14 points to the winning cause.

The Cougars went on an 11-2 run to open the game and kept the lead in their grasp the rest of the way. The visiting Panthers never had a lead.

North Valleys made things difficult for itself by turning the ball over and missing shots. The closest it came to tying the game in the first half was five points at the end of the first quarter. The Panthers had 15 first-half turnovers and finished with 22. North Valleys finished 16-of-43 shooting from the floor (37 percent).

The Panthers went on an 8-0 run beginning with two minutes left in the second quarter on a jumper by Hannah Woytek. Spanish Springs led 27-15 when the NVHS run started. The modest spurt ended when Owens drained a 3-pointer with four minutes to go in the third.

Woytek led North Valleys in scoring with 14 points. Monserrat Quinonez followed with 13 points.

North Valleys got as close as five again early in the fourth quarter, but Spanish Springs pushed the advantage back to as much as 13, 49-36, before settling for the nine-point win.

"This was a big win for us," Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. "We lost a tough one at their place at the end of last season. Our returners remembered that so we had a lot of energy … You have to be happy about any league win you get so we'll take it and get back to work."

Spanish Springs improved to 8-8 overall and 2-4 in league play. The Cougars’ next game is on the road Tuesday against perennial Northern 4A power Reno at 6 p.m.

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