Spanish Spring topped Div. I-A North foes, Yerington and Lowry, while Reed bested Weston Ranch and Palo Alto – both out of California.
Reed (5-1) and Spanish Springs (9-3) both improved to 3-0 in the tournament and both squads conclude the round-robin tournament, Saturday. The Cougars play Pacific Grove (Santa Cruz) at 10 a.m. and the Raiders play Castlemont (Oakland) at 11:30 a.m.
Spanish Springs 42, Lowry 32
Hannah Woytek (14 points) broke a 4-4 tie in the opening minutes, draining a three and the resulting free throw, after drawing a foul on the shot, and the Cougars held the lead the rest of the way.
Woytek’s four-point play started an 8-0 Cougars run that reached into the second quarter of the low-scoring contest and put Spanish Springs in front 12-4. The two teams traded a trio of buckets at the end of the second quarter as Spanish Springs took an 18-10 lead into the locker room.
“I’m working to get more situations for her (Woytek) to score,” Spanish Springs coach Aurturo Cardenas said. “But that’s tough to do because she’s getting us into our offense… Everybody that we play, knows about her, so they are going to key in on her.”
The Cougs scored on their first two possessions of the second half, aided by Woytek assists, and went on to score 24 second-half points.
“They were ready to go, they were loosened up,” Cardenas said of his teams offense in the second half. “We ran a couple quick, set plays to come in and got us going. When you score right away, it gets you going.”
Heather Tauchen’s jumper early in the fourth quarter put the Cougars in front 36-20, matching the team’s largest lead, before Lowry closed the gap to 39-32 with 1:15 left in regulation. Lowry could not find the bottom of the net in the final 75 seconds, however, and was stuck with the loss.
Tauchen finished with six points.
Mariah Vargas split the team’s leading scoring honors, with Woytek, finishing with 14 points including two three-pointers in the fourth quarter to fight off Lowry’s comeback effort.
Lowry’s six-foot sophomore, Payton Naveran, shared the team-high scoring duties with 10 points, all of which came in the second half. Alyssa Dendary also scored 10 points for Lowry.
“I’m happy. Our offense is looking good, we are being patient, we’re setting good screens,” Cardenas said.
The first-year coach was most pleased with his groups’ defensive effort, however.
“After a couple games ago our defense wasn’t very good so I got on the girls,” Cardenas said. “I emphasized defense. I told them if you’re not playing defense, you’re sitting. So the defense has been really good that last few games.”
Spanish Springs 45, Yerington 19
The Cougars defensive was on display in their first game of the day, holding Yerington to six first-half points en rout to the convincing tourney win.
As she did in the team’s evening game, Woytek scored eight points in the first half as the Cougars led 25-6 at the break. Woytek finished with a team-high 11 points.
The Purple outscored Yerington 11-5 in the third quarter, coasting in the fourth quarter to the 45-19 win.
Vargas was Spanish Springs’ second-leading scorer with nine points.
Reed 71, Weston Ranch 31
The Raiders outscored Weston Ranch 48-12 in the first half and glided to a 40-point win in their first game of the day.
Tyler Sumpter led all scorers with 25 points including 12 in the first quarter.
“It went good today. We played really good defense,” Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said. “We are starting to get in sync with each other, seeing each other on the floor and getting into a good rhythm, so I’m really liking what I’m seeing.”
Sumpter’s offensive partner in-crime, Gabby Williams, scored 10 points. Aneesa Mwakapumba was Reed’s second-leading scorer with 13 points.
While offense first comes to the mind of many who think of the Reed girls basketball program, Schopper-Ramirez is pleased with her squad’s defensive effort.
“I think our defense is what I really like,” Reed’s coach said. “We are trapping really well. We are anticipating. A lot of our defense is setting up our offense.”
Donica Ramos and Patricia King both scored seven points for the Cougars.
Reed 77, Palo Alto 41
After sprinting to a large halftime lead in their first game of the day, the Raiders rode a 48-24 halftime advantage to their second convincing win of the day.
Williams led all scorers with 24 points after taking the fourth quarter off with the outcome of the game no longer in doubt. Sumpter (22 points) broke the 20-point barrier for the second time in eight hours.
Mwakapumba also broke double digits with 12 points.
The defense that Schopper-Ramirez is starting to enjoy, held Palo Alto to a single point in the fourth quarter.
Coco Lovely led the Vikings with nine points.