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SSHS girls go perfect on trip to Las Vegas
by Tribune Staff
Dec 05, 2009 | 592 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs girls basketball team couldn't have asked for a much better result in the win-loss column after its three-day trip to Las Vegas.

The Cougars earned their fourth win on the trip by dispatching Sierra Vista, 51-45, Saturday.

Ari James broke out in a big way, pouring in a career-high 22 points to lead the Purple and Teal.

Jackie Moore had nine points and Jessica Fralick finished with eight in the win.

James also had six rebounds in the narrow victory.

Spanish Springs had to play from behind after the third quarter but opened the fourth on a 14-5 run to take control. Sierra Vista scored at the buzzer for its seventh point of the quarter.

Sierra Vista's Jeanette Jackson and Johnie Pride combined for all but eight of their team's points. Jackson also had 22 points, while Pride chipped in with 15, but it wasn't enough for the Lions, who enjoyed a three-point advanatge at halftime.

"I feel good about it," SSHS girls basketball coach Christine Eckles said. "We got better every game, which is the most important thing. We still have a lot of work to do though. It's easier to get the kids to buy into what you're trying to do when you're successful. It helps build confidence."

The Cougars played clean defense Saturday, registering only nine fouls in the non-league contest.

Spanish Springs (4-1) won't be back on the court for game action until it starts its Winter Classic on Thursday. Reed will also be participating.
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