Spanish Springs picked up a signature non-league win on Thursday night, coming back to beat St. Mary’s (Stockton, Calif.) 77-66 in the first round of the Wild West Shootout at Bishop Manogue.
The Cougars (2-0, 1-0) trailed 25-15 after the first eight minutes before outscoring the Rams 62-41 the rest of the way.
Senior Marcus Loadholt had a huge night, scoring a game-high 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, 4-of-7 from deep. Junior Jalen Townsell added 17 points in the win.
Making the victory more impressive, senior big man Josh Prizina missed the game with a rolled ankle. Coach Kyle Penney said the injury isn’t serious and that Prizina will “be fine.”
Spanish Springs held a narrow 50-49 edge going to the fourth quarter before pulling away thanks largely to the team hitting 13-of-16 free throws. Loadholt scored 10 of his 30 points in the final period.
The Cougars will look to remain unbeaten Friday night in the semifinals against host Bishop Manogue. The Miners beat Lowry 81-35 in their opener.
Tip on Friday night is at 7:30 p.m.
Shorthanded Reed boys handled in Elko
Six of Reed’s players did not make the trip to Elko for the eighth annual Red Lion Tournament and it showed in Thursday’s opener against Elko.
The Raiders (1-1, 1-0) were dropped, 88-48.
Reed was down players due to SAT testing, sickness and/or personal matters, according to coach Joe Genung.
The Raiders continue tournament play on Friday.
Sparks boys fall in Rail City Classic opener
The Railroaders were bested 59-43 at home by Golden Valley (Merced, Calif.) on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the annual Rail City Classic.
Sparks now sits at 0-2 on the season. The Cougars improved to 2-1.
The Railroaders continue the annual tournament on Friday at home against Vacaville. Tip is 4:30 p.m.
Spanish Springs edged in High Sierra opener
Coach Art Cardenas said his team missed a lot of layups and they proved costly in Thursday’s High Sierra Tournament opener.
The Cougars (1-1, 1-0) fell 37-33 at home to Heritage (Littleton, Colo.).
Spanish Springs trailed 28-24 going to the fourth despite being down 24-12 at the break. They couldn’t complete the comeback effort in the fourth.
Serena Sanchez led the Cougs with nine points. Anhelica Shanrock had eight.
The Cougars continue High Sierra Invitational play on Friday night at home against Lowry. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.