The Cougars came out ready to play from the first whistle of the game. They held the Hawks scoreless until there was only 1:10 left in the first quarter. Meanwhile, the SSHS squad built a 14-0 lead. While Hug struggled to put the ball in the basket or even hold onto it, Spanish Springs was razor sharp. Hug trailed 14-5 at the first period's conclusion.
The ladies from Hug buckled down after the opening 14-0 Cougars run. Hug responded and went on a 10-0 run of its own, beginning with Jessica Voyles draining a 3-pointer for her team’s first points of the game and ending with a duce by Kendra Aber.
The contest was a prime example of how basketball is a game of runs. Spanish Springs answered Hug’s 10-0 run by breaking the game open with a 10-0 run of its own, highlighted by Lyndsey Anderson gobbling up every rebound that came near her. Even though she snagged the rebounds, her follow-up shots didn’t always go in. That being said, she still had an impressive nine rebounds at halftime and finished with 10. The Cougars built a 31-17 lead by halftime.
While Anderson was causing problems in the post, Cougars point guard, Riley Holladay, the true star of the game, was the main reason the Cougars were so sharp. She turned in a solid all-around effort by scoring 19 points, grabbing seven rebounds, and dishing out six assists. She also had three steals.
Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said she wants Holladay to be more aggressive because she knows what the sophomore is capable of.
“Riley had a couple of early assists early on and that set the tone for the team,” she said. “Even though she was our leading scorer, she got everyone involved and when everyone gets involved, good things happen.”
According to Eckles, her team won by the wide margin because it did a great job of running the Cougars' system and executing.
“It also helps to make shots,” she said.
Along with Holladay’s big game, Anderson posted a double-double with 10 points and her 10 rebounds.
Jessica Voyles paced the Hawks with 10 points followed by Jamilla Anderson with eight points.
With seven games left in the regular season, the Spanish Springs girls will try to finish strong for the playoffs. They put their two-game winning streak on the line today against Reed, which is undefeated on the season. Hug will try to regroup against the Carson Senators on Tuesday.
The Cougars improved to 10-9 overall and 4-5 in league play while the Hawks fell to 8-7, (2-7).