"I liked our fast start," Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles said. "We defended well early and shared the ball on offense to get easy shots for each other."
A layup by Laneesha Terrance midway through the first period capped the early outburst. The Cougars didn't let up. A Lyndsey Anderson jumper in the lane extended the SSHS edge to 23-5, 30 seconds into the second quarter.
Hug hung around for the next five minutes. A Christen Voyles layup left the Hawks down 31-16 with 3:19 remaining before halftime. However, a quick 7-0 burst by the SSHS crew gave them their biggest lead yet, 38-16. The run was wrapped up by two Riley Holladay foul shots at the 1:11 mark of the second period.
The guests went into the locker room at the break, holding a 38-18 advantage.
For Spanish Springs, the second half was filled with minutes played by reserves. Still, the visitors were able to slowly push their lead. They forged ahead 52-26 on a baseline jumper by Adriana Pennington with 3:55 showing on the third period clock.
The Cougars biggest lead of the night was 28 on two separate occasions, 64-36 and 66-38.
Hug finished the game on a 12-2 run over the final 2:46.
Spanish Springs put three players in double figures in the scoring column. Terrance and Anderson both poured in 18 points to lead all scorers. SSHS point guard Hannah Woytek chipped in 13.
Cougars leading scorer, Riley Holladay, played through illness to add nine points, five rebounds, five assists and six steals to the winning effort.
"The offensive balance was good," Eckles said. "For the most part, the girls really finished well when they got open looks. It was nice for Laneesha, Lyndsey and Hannah to lead us. We needed them. Riley was kind of banged up and not feeling well. She really toughed it out.
"But as unselfish and smart as we were on offense, we weren't very smart and at times very slow and lazy on the defensive end of the floor. There's no reason to give up 25 points to them in mid-December and then turn around here late in the season, when we should be much more polished defensively, and allow them 54 points. That's not good."
The Cougars dominated the rebounding margin, finishing with a 33-19 edge on the boards.
Spanish Springs, which improved to 19-6 overall and 10-4 in conference clashes, hosts McQueen Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.