CARSON CITY – Spanish Springs went to Carson on Tuesday night for just its second regional game of the season. It was a big one.
The Cougars (3-2, 2-0) rolled to a win that figures to give them plenty of tiebreaker points in February, handing the defending regional champion Senators (0-4, 0-1) their first regional loss in over a year, 66-41.
“(It is) a road win against a very well-coached team, a very disciplined team,” Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said. “Our kids have to build on that.”
The lopsided defeat was a rare one for Carson. You have to flip the calendar all the way back to the 2011-12 campaign to find the last time the Senators lost to a regional opponent by at least 25.
Two starters missed the game due to coach’s decision, obviously factoring in the outcome. Reigning first-team all-league selection Jayden DeJoseph was among the pair watching from the bench.
“They were missing one of the best players in the area … that affects them in a multitude of ways,” Penney said.
The Cougars were balanced offensively with four scorers reaching double figures. Marcus Loadholt and Bryce DeLong both had 16, Jalen Townsell finished with 14 and Justus Eaglesmith had 10.
First-team all-league forward Josh Prizina returned to action after missing all three games in last weekend’s Wild West Shootout at Bishop Manogue with a rolled ankle. He finished with five points, three assists and six blocks.
The Cougs started fast on Tuesday in the typically rowdy gym, jumping out to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter and taking a 36-18 advantage to the locker room.
“I think it (quick start) was (important). We needed to get off to a good start,” Penney said. “The way Carson executes, it could be an issue so getting off to a good start and getting some early buckets helps.”
Without DeJoseph on the floor, Carson’s primary source of offense came from Tez Allen, who already has a 40-point game to his credit this year. Allen finished with a game-high 19 points. Nobody else in a Carson jersey had more than seven.
Spanish Springs will temporarily depart from 4A North play this week, hosting Grants Pass (Grants Pass, Ore.) on Friday and Oakland (Oakland, Calif.) on Saturday.
The Cougars return to regional action next Thursday at home against Douglas.
4A North Scoreboard
Spanish Springs 66, Carson 41
Reno 54, Wooster 43
Douglas 69, North Valleys 49
Galena 70, Hug 49
McQueen 74, Damonte Ranch 43
Reed-Bishop Manogue rescheduled
Lopsided third quarter costs Reed at Manogue
RENO – For one half on Tuesday night at Bishop Manogue, Reed flirted with its biggest win in three seasons.
The Raiders (1-1, 1-1) trailed the two-time defending regional champion Miners just 30-26, in their gym. Any aspirations of a statement win faded early in the third.
Bishop Manogue (2-0, 2-0) outscored the guest 16-5 in the decisive third quarter and went on to win, 54-44.
“They (Miners) have four seniors out there that want it,” Reed coach Sara Schopper-Ramirez said of the third quarter. “Like I told them in the locker room, it was going to come down to who wants it more this third quarter. They were outhustling us a few times.”
Schopper-Ramirez’s squad held reigning Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year, Katie Turner, to two points. The Holt sisters made up the difference. Senior Malia exploded for 23 – 11 in the third quarter – and freshman Kenna had 10.
The Raiders trailed 46-31 going into the fourth and got no closer than 10. The lead got as large as 16 before Taylor Johnson and Vanessa Hernadez both hit triples as the clock melted down.
“They kind of took us out of our offense,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “I don’t think we executed at all.”
Johnson led Reed with 12 points. Serene Townsell-Williams finished with 11.
The first half featured a pair of huge runs. With Manogue leading 14-4, Reed went on a 15-0 run that pushed them in front 19-14. The Miners responded with 10 unanswered to retake the lead, 24-19. They led the rest of the way.
“This doesn’t define our season,” Schopper-Ramirez said. “We have two months and 20 games in between to where we want to get. This team’s young and we’re going to learn to play together.”
Cougars move to 2-0 in regional play
Spanish Springs outscored Carson 16-5 in the third quarter of Tuesday’s 4A North road contest and went on to grab a 50-44 victory.
The big third quarter helped the Cougars (3-3, 2-0) overcome a manageable 23-19 halftime deficit. The Senators dropped to 2-3, 0-2 in the 4A North.
Alysa Dominguez led Spanish Springs with 12 points. She was the only Cougar to reach double figures, although nine different players got on the board. Kierra Johnson had nine.
Carson’s Lauren Lemburg led all scorers with 13.
The Cougars do not play another 4A North game until next Thursday, when they host Douglas.
4A North Scoreboard
Bishop Manogue 54, Reed 44
Spanish Springs 52, Carson 44
Douglas 31, North Valleys 30
McQueen 60, Damonte Ranch 36
Galena 54, Hug 21
Reno 55, Wooster 17