The teams went punch for punch through three-plus quarters.
Spanish Springs enjoyed leads of 14-10 and 28-27 following the first and second quarters.
The Cougars pushed their lead to six, 46-40, after three quarters. That’s when Laguna Hills put a scare into the local squad.
A pair of free throws early in the fourth quarter by point guard Maddie Smith gave Laguna Hills a 48-47 advantage. Then Spanish Springs blew away its opponent, going on a 16-1 run to take a 63-49 lead and seal the victory.
Smith led all scorers with 27 points.
Lyndsey Anderson scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field to lead the Cougars. She also pulled down nine rebounds.
MorningRose Tobey added 15 points in the winning cause. Riley Holladay was three points away from a triple-double. She finished with seven points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Spanish Springs (12-4) is back on the court at home Wednesday against Yerington.
•The Reed girls basketball team played in the Gold Division of the West Coast Jamboree this year in order to compete against some good teams. It got its wish Thursday.
Unfortunately for the Blue and Gold, it also meant it was saddled with its first loss of the season.
Reed was outscored 22-4 in the second quarter and couldn’t fully climb out of that hole despite a strong fourth quarter as Buena knocked off Reed 68-57.
Taylor McGuire led all scorers with 27 points, and RHS girls basketball coach Sara Schopper said she enjoyed watching the senior play against her own athletic point guard Gabby Williams, who led Reed with 18 points.
The Raiders started the fourth quarter, trailing by 31 points, 64-33. However, they fought back, outscoring Buena 24-4 in the final eight minutes.
Schopper said Buena’s length and athleticism troubled the Raiders, who were forced to take shots they normally wouldn’t take. Reed also struggled against the 2-1-2 trap.
Nyasha LeSure added 16 points and Tyler Sumpter had 11 for Reed.
The loss leaves Reed at 7-1 overall on the season and drops it into today’s third-place game at 6 p.m.
•After starting the ESPN/Rise Holiday Classic at San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School with a win, the past two days have been tough ones for the Spanish Springs boys basketball team, which has been battling illness within its ranks.
On Thursday, the Cougars were saddled with an 81-40 defeat to Bingham (Utah).
T.J. McCauley picked up the scoring slack with leading scorer Brandon Delong out due to sickness. McCauley scored 21 points in the losing cause.
Spanish Springs (6-7) is back in action today at 2:30 p.m.