RENO—The Spanish Springs girls went on the road Friday night and handed Galena its 10th straight loss with a 50-43 win.
The Cougars improved to 5-12, 2-4 in the DI North while the Grizzlies dropped to 2-10, 1-5.
“It was good. It was good for us,” Spanish Springs coach Art Cardenas said. “We’ve played in a lot of close games and right now, it’s about learning how to win.”
Tabbatha Reyes hit a three from the corner in the final minute of the third to give the Cougs a 39-33 lead going into the fourth. The six-point margin was the Cougs’ largest lead up to that point and proved plenty as both teams struggled from the field the majority of the night.
Alysa Domingues hit a pair of free throws with 2:23 left to extend Spanish Springs’ lead to 45-36, its largest lead of the contest.
Galena crept with five, 46-41, inside the final two minutes after Reilly Moss’s traditional three-point play but the home squad couldn’t get any closer.
“We substituted offense for defense with a couple players,” Cardenas said of holding off a comeback attempt.
Domingues finished with 10 points along with Anhelica Shanrock, who also chipped in 10. Kalli Prendergast finished with nine, all in the first half.
Kristin Farrell finished with a game-high 23 points for Galena, 14 of which came in the first half.
“That was the key (in the second half), make someone else beat us,” Cardenas said. “We took that away.”
At the half, Spanish Springs held a narrow 26-23 advantage.
Farrell hit her fourth and final triple of the first half to give the Grizzlies a 23-20 edge late in the second quarter but the Cougs closed on a 6-0 run, capped by a Prendergast put back at the buzzer.
Galena sprinted to an early 11-2 lead, thanks largely to a pair of Farrell shots from behind the arc but Spanish Springs responded with an 11-0 run to grab a 13-11 lead early in the second quarter.
“Sometimes it takes us a little too long to figure the other team out,” Cardenas said. “We have to do a better job.”
A back and forth second quarter featured four ties before the Cougs took a three-point advantage to the locker room.
Spanish Springs opens the High Desert League portion of its schedule on Tuesday night at home.
Raiders handle Colts
Reed handled Wooster 69-27 at home on Friday night to improve to 6-3, 4-2 in the DI North.
Wooster dropped to 1-5 in the DI North contests with its lone win coming over Hug.
Vanessa Hernandez led the Raiders with 22 points, 13 of which came in the first quarter. Taylor Johnson had 16 and Tori Baer had 14.
The Raiders were once again without sophomore point guard Serene Townsell-Williams who coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said she hopes to have back for Tuesday’s contest at McQueen.
As the final score suggests, the outcome was decided early as Reed held a comfortable 42- 17 lead at the half.
Bailey Vollmer led Wooster with nine points.
Railroaders remain winless
Sparks’ winless start to the season continued on Friday night with a 51-21 home loss to Dayton.
The Railroaders fell to 0-6, 0-4 while the Dust Devils moved to 4-10, 1-3.
Giselle Chavez led Sparks with six points. No other Railroader had more than three points.
Sparks will continue its search for win No. 1 on Saturday at home against Lowry.