“Our defense was pretty solid today, it was really good,” Spanish Springs coach Arturo Cardenas said. “I was really pleased with it.”
Spanish Springs jumped out to a 16-6 lead after the first quarter and took a 18-15 lead into halftime before nearly blanking the Breakers in the second half. Cardenas said Pacific Grove’s three points in the second half came late in the fourth quarter on a free throw and a well-contested shot.
“We were guarding the ball really well, our help defense was good and we were talking through the screens, we were communicating,” Cardenas said of his group’s second-half defense.
Spanish Spring’s first-year coach said communication mistakes led to Breaker baskets in the first half before making adjustments.
Senior point guard Hannah Woytek led all scorers with 11 points. Mariah Vargas wasn’t far behind her point guard with 10.
“Offensively we (didn’t score a lot of points) but we were very patient,” Cardenas said. “Today we ran our offense for two, two-and-half, minutes straight and just kept running it, kept running it, and they (Pacific Grove) just did a good job defending it. But the girls were patient at it and just kept running it until we got what we wanted.”
Saturday’s win concluded the non-league portion of Spanish Springs’ schedule, going 9-0 in games out of the Div. I North.
The Cougars won all four games they played in the Silver State Slam holding opponents to 27.5 points per contest. They now have a semi-lengthy break before jumping back into league play Jan. 7, at home, against Bishop Manogue.
∙The Raiders wrapped up their stay in the Silver State Slam with a 66-39 romp over Castlemont (Oakland).
Reed improved to 6-1 with the win and have not lost since their season opener at home against Douglas – without senior standout Gabby Williams.
As they did in both wins Friday, the Raiders jumped out to a large lead (36-16) at the half. And for the third straight game, Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez was pleased with her team’s defense despite a healthy offensive showing.
“Our defense set the tempo from the start,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “It was a physical game which was good for us.”
The four games in the Silver State Slam were Reed’s only non-league games of the season.
Tyler Sumpter led the Raiders with 22 points and Williams added 16. Aneesa Mwakapumba chipped in 11.
“Overall this tournament was great for us to get games and start developing roles and team unity,” Schopper-Ramirez said.
The Raiders do not play again until Jan. 7 when they host Wooster.