Spanish Springs led 23-18 at halftime but was outscored 36-15 in the last two quarters. The Cougars had won three of their last four prior to falling apart against the Senators.
“We talked about in the locker room after the game. Our effort was embarrassing,” Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. “That looked like the team we were in early December, not the one we’ve been for the last three weeks.
Carson outscored Spanish Springs 8-3 to open the third period. That pulled the CHS club into a 26-26 deadlock two minutes into the quarter.
Spanish Springs got a layup from Julianna Waller to go back ahead 28-26 with 5:55 to go in the third period, but that’s when it got ugly for the visitors. Carson reeled off 12 unanswered points to push its lead to double-digits, 38-28. The Senators led 40-31 at the third quarter’s conclusion.
Sam Owens drained a 3-pointer for Spanish Springs to open the fourth-quarter scoring. The long-range bomb left the SSHS squad down by six, 40-34, but it could get no closer.
Carson put the game away by posting the next eight points and forging ahead 48-34 midway through the final period.
Waller and Lyndsey Anderson scored 11 and 10 points in the Cougars’ lackluster performance.
Jazmyn Stokes and Eliza Matley both scored 12 points to pace the Carson offense.
Spanish Springs led at halftime largely because it held Carson to four second-quarter points. Down 14-12 after one period, the Cougars outscored their hosts 11-4 in the second eight minutes.
"We didn't play great in the first half, but we did defend in the second quarter," Eckles said. "We rotated and were active in our 2-3 zone during that stretch. Then when they missed shots, we grabbed the rebound. That didn't happen in the second half.”
Carson (14-9, 7-6) out-rebounded Spanish Springs 39-36 and forced 28 Cougars turnovers.
“We talk about our system every day, that we have to defend, rebound and take care of the ball. We didn’t do any of those things tonight,” Eckles said.
Spanish Springs (12-11, 6-7) will try and get back on track Friday night when it plays at North Valleys. Tip-off is 6 p.m.