The Spanish Springs girls struggled through much of Thursday’s prep basketball battle and were saddled with a 44-30 home loss to Reno .
The visiting Huskies led 10-4 early but could not pull away from there. The Cougars pulled into a 12-12 tie with 1:50 remaining in the first. After that, a Spanish Springs rebounding weakness began to rear its ugly head after Reno’s Shalen Shaw grabbed two offensive rebounds off her own two misses. She finally drained her third attempt of the possession to make the score 14-12.
“Offensive rebounds bring a team back after a good defensive sequence," said Spanish Springs head coach Christine Eckles. “They’re demoralizing and it hurts your ego.”
Reno, which won the rebounding battle 40-36 on the strength of 22 offensive rebounds, ended the opening period with a 15-12 advantage.
Spanish Springs guard Amanda O'Farrell sparked a 7-0 SSHS run to begin the second quarter by scoring five points in that span. Her buckets gave the Cougars a 19-15 lead with 4:20 remaining.
However, that lead didn’t last long. The Huskies ran off 13 straight points to make the score 28-19 in their favor with 1:30 left in the half.
Riley Holladay finally ended the run with a layup for Spanish Springs and the Cougars trailed 28-21 at the intermission.
The Spanish Springs girls struggled to find the bottom of the basket in the third period. They were held scoreless until the 2:15 mark of the quarter when sophomore forward Lyndsey Anderson made a free throw to get her team on the board for the second half. Chrissy Beebe sank the Cougars’ only shot from the field in the third with 50 seconds left.
Reno meanwhile, had built up a 38-25 lead going into the final period.
The fourth was a similar story. Spanish Springs didn’t score until the midway point in the quarter.
Eckles believes that the team might have clinched a playoff berth a little too early.
“Since we found out we were in, we have dropped our intensity a little," she said. “I don’t want to be satisfied with just making the playoffs so I challenged them to pick it up tomorrow night.”
Spanish Springs (13-12, 7-8) wraps up its regular season tonight at home against Hug.
Shaw paced the Huskies with 13 points. Sierra Sobrio followed with eight points and Brockovich chipped in with seven.
Anderson almost had another double-double for Spanish Springs as she finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.