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Cougars dismantle California foe
by Tribune Staff
Dec 06, 2012 | 2756 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Lyndsey Anderson splits a pair of Atwater defenders while working in the post during first-quarter action of the Cougars' Winter Challenge victory Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs senior Lyndsey Anderson splits a pair of Atwater defenders while working in the post during first-quarter action of the Cougars' Winter Challenge victory Thursday.
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS junior point guard Hannah Woytek drops in a layup for two of her 10 points in the Cougars' lopsided victory over Atwater, Calif. Thursday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - SSHS junior point guard Hannah Woytek drops in a layup for two of her 10 points in the Cougars' lopsided victory over Atwater, Calif. Thursday.
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The Atwater Falcons were no match for the Spanish Springs Cougars Thursday night. Spanish Springs scored early and often en route to a 66-17 romp over its California foe on first day action of the sixth annual High Sierra Winter Challenge.

Spanish Springs ripped off the first 18 points of the game, in less than four minutes, and cruised to a 25-2 advantage at the end of the first quarter.

"Obviously Atwater is a young rebuilding team and we were able to take advantage of that," veteran Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. "I was pleased that we executed well. We had good defensive pressure and we were unselfish on offense, finishing most of our fast-break opportunities."

Unfortunately for outmatched Atwater, the second quarter wasn't much better. The host Cougars scored the first 11 points of the period, a run capped by a Hannah Woytek pull up jumper and a free throw by Laneesha Terrance.

Spanish Springs wound up outscoring Atwater 24-7 in the quarter. Cougars reserve guard Myrissa Prince found a streaking Heather Tauchen for a long diagonal pass and layup as time expired on the first half. The two teams headed to the locker room at the break and the SSHS hoopsters had built a 49-9 advantage.

That meant the game clock went into running clock mode due to Nevada's 40-point mercy rule.

Three Spanish Springs players finished in double figures in the scoring column. Reserve post, senior Kristina Stocking, led all scorers, finishing with 15 points. Heather Tauchen added 12 points and Hannah Woytek chipped in 10.

Spanish Springs three returning all-league players, Woytek, Riley Holladay and Lyndsey Anderson, did not play in the second half, giving way to reserves in the local school's lopsided triumph.

"One of the good things about tonight was the contributions we got from our bench players. I was ecstatic for some of the kids, especially Kristina. She was active in the post and ran the floor well on the break."

The stat sheet was indicative of the one-sided affair. The Cougars dominated the rebounding battle, posting a 40-19 edge. They also forced 19 first-half turnovers, en route to grabbing the large lead, and finished forcing 24.

Spanish Springs improved to 5-0 on the young season. The Cougars will host Heritage High of Littleton, Colo. Friday at 6 p.m.



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