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Cougar girls win, boys fall in preseason tournaments
by Tribune Staff
Dec 06, 2013 | 1120 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs girls basketball team picked up its first win of the young season, downing Lassen 33-27 during first-day action at the High Sierra Winter Challenge, which it co-hosts annually with Reno High School.

Spanish Springs, which dropped Wednesday's season opener at Douglas, 47-20, improved to 1-1 with Thursday's win over the Susanville school.

"We did a better job of transition defense," cougars coach Art Cardenas, comparing his team's win Thursday to its performance in Wednesday's loss. "We didn't give up easy layups. We shot the ball a little bit better, but we were still a little too careless with the basketball. I'm not happy about that."

Spanish Springs scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed. Cougars all-league point guard Hannah Woytek paced the SSHS crew with eight points and eight assists.

"The win is good for the morale of the kids," Cardenas said. "It's a good building block. Right now we're in the building stages of the program. We saw mostly zone from Lassen and our zone offense was pretty good. We made mostly good decisions."

The Cougars continue play in the round robin tournament Friday, hosting Union Mine, Calif. at 4:30 p.m.

*In Napa, Calif., the Spanish Springs boys hoops team dropped its tournament opener at the Wine Valley Classic, falling to Vintage, Calif., 51-43 in overtime.

Spanish Springs led 20-12 at halftime, but was outscored 16-2 in the third period. After the third-period drought, the SSHS cagers outscored Vintage 18-12 in the fourth period to knot the tourney tilt at 40-40 and force overtime.

The Cougars hit another drought in the extra session. They were outscored 11-3 in OT and were saddled with the eight-point defeat.

A porous shooting night did in Spanish Springs. It connected on just 15-of-59 shots (25.4 percent) from the floor. Kenny Meyer was the lone Cougars player to finish in double digits, posting 15 points.

"We couldn't make a bucket and they did," Cougars coach Kyle Penney said. "We had looks. We got plenty of good shots. We had lot of shots close to basket and we couldn't put the ball in the basket ... We couldn't score. Then you get frustrated and it turns frustrating on both ends. We were fine defensively. We just couldn't score. We got 16 offensive rebounds. We had 17 steals, but we couldn't put the ball in the basket."

The Cougars did get off to a strong start, building a 14-2 edge after one period of play.

Next up for Spanish Springs (0-2) is a Friday matchup against Buchanon High of Clovis, Calif.

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