Spanish Springs’ slim playoff chances took another blow on Tuesday night with a lopsided 66-29 home loss to Reno
The Cougars (7-17, 4-9) remained three games behind North Valleys for the High Desert League’s fourth and final playoff spot with just three games remaining. The first-place Huskies (22-2, 12-1) maintained a two-game lead over second-place McQueen.
Spanish Springs hung around early, tailing just 17-9 after the first quarter, but scored just five second-quarter points and trailed 38-14 at the break.
Mallory McGwire, who is committed to Oregon, scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first quarter alone. McGwire edged out Dominique Harding, who had 15, for leading scorer honors.
Naelia Pinedo led Spanish Spring with six points.
Spanish Springs now must win its final three games of the season and needs North Valleys to drop its final three, just to force a tiebreaker scenario for the No. 4 seed.
The Cougs’ stretch to close the season starts Friday at McQueen. The Cougars fell at home to the Lancers, 45-32, on Jan. 19.
Tip is at 5:15 p.m.
Reed bests Hug by 32
The Raiders sit alone in third place in the High Desert League after rolling 72-40 at Hug on Tuesday night.
Reed improved to 9-7, 8-5 in the DI North, one game ahead of fourth-place North Valleys and two back of second-place McQueen. Hug remained winless in the DI North play.
Tori Baer led all scorers with 14 points for Reed. Serene Townsell-Williams had 12.
Reed hosts North Valleys on Friday night and will guarantee a finish no worse than third in the HDL with a win.
Greenwave girls splash over Railroaders
By Mike Bradley, reporting intern
The undefeated Fallon girls (22-0, 13-0) had no problem at Sparks (0-12, 0-10) on Tuesday night, rolling to a 54-13 win.
Fallon got off to an overwhelming 38-0 lead, not allowing the Sparks to score midway through the second quarter. The Greenwave ended the half up 43-4.
“This is a very talented Fallon team,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “They’re still undefeated and I think they can get the state championship. As for us, we’re a young, young team that’s still improving. We’ll get there.”
Sparks came out with more aggression on defense in the second half by using full-court traps, but the team was still down 50-11 after three quarters.
Fallon’s Leta Otuafi led all scorers with 12 points.
The Railroaders host Spring Creek on Thursday night at 6 p.m. in a makeup game.