The Cougars improved to 11-3 overall after handing Torrance (Calif.) a 48-33 defeat, a day after losing to JSerra Catholic High School, 70-39. Torrance fell to Villa Park 55-44 in its tournament opener Monday.
Spanish Springs out-rebounded Torrance 48-20 and held the California school to three points in the final eight minutes to seal the victory.
Lyndsey Anderson recorded a double-double for the Cougars with 14 points and 11 rebounds. MorningRose Tobey added 13 points in the win, while Riley Holladay pulled down a career-high 12 boards.
No Torrance player scored more than six points.
Spanish Springs takes the court today at 1:30 p.m. against Palos Verdes.
The Reed girls are also in California and picked up a victory in their opener at the West Coast Jamboree Tuesday afternoon.
The Raiders weren’t tested as they built a 33-9 halftime lead and took down Eastside College Prep 61-39.
“Our full-court press worked really well. We held them to one quick shot,” Reed girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said. “They actually had three shot-clock violations because of our defense. They were having a hard time.”
Schopper said she was glad to see her team come out with intensity, considering the Raiders got up early and made the drive before the game.
A foursome of RHS players contributed almost all the team’s offense.
Gabby Williams led the way with 16 points. Nyasha LeSure had 15 points, while Sierra Hooft and Tyler Sumpter both finished with 11.
Reed (6-0) takes on Vanden today at 8:30 p.m.
In Spanish Springs’ first game of the ESPN/Rise Holiday Classic at San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School, fans were treated to some good Cougars basketball that the team opened the season with before struggling in league play.
Spanish Springs erupted for 26 points in the fourth quarter Tuesday and slipped past Tesoro of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. 69-61.
“It was just a great basketball game to be honest with you,” SSHS boys basketball coach Kyle Penney said. “They’re a very good team. They’ve got two guys who are solid, and our kids competed. We came here with a couple things in mind to get better, and we took some steps today. This team today, is probably better than any team we’ve played in Reno.”
It was a close game throughout. The Cougars only owned a 28-26 edge at the break.
Penney said his team did a good job handling the pressure and didn’t give away a lot of possessions. The guys came out focused and really went after it.
Senior Brandon Delong paced the Cougars’ offense with 26 points. Kenny Meyer chipped in 10.
For Tesoro (9-4), Tanner Lancona had a team-high 23 points.
Spanish Springs (6-5) faces St. Augustine of San Diego today.