Cougars hold off Oakland
Spanish Springs picked up its third straight win on Saturday afternoon, holding on against Oakland, 60-57, in a non-league home contest.
Marcus Loadholt led the way with a game-high 21 points. Jalen Townsell (12 points) was the only other Cougars to reach double figures.
Josh Prizina just missed out on a double-double, finishing with nine points to go along with 13 rebounds.
The Cougars (5-2, 2-0) took a 43-36 advantage to the fourth, where they were outscored 21-17. It was the only quarter the hosts were outscored.
Oakland dropped to 2-2.
Spanish Springs jumps back into 4A North play on Thursday at home against Douglas (2-5, 1-1).
Sparks drops to 0-6
The Railroaders ended their trip to the east side of the state on Saturday with a 67-29 loss at Elko.
Sparks fell to 0-6, 0-2 in the 3A North while the Indians (6-0, 2-0) remained perfect.
As the final scored would suggest, the outcome was decided early. Elko led 18-6 after the first quarter and 43-13 at the half.
The Railroaders will continue to look for their first win on Friday at home against Truckee (1-4, 0-2).
Raiders split a pair in Cali
Reed went over the hill on Saturday and split a pair of non-league games at Nevada Union High School north of Sacramento.
The Raiders (2-2, 1-1) knocked off Bear River 76-49 then fell to host Nevada Union, 55-43, immediately after.
Starting guard Serene Townsell-Williams did not make the trip, instead staying in Sparks to take the ACT.
In the win over Bear River, Janae Bluehorse had her best game in a Reed uniform. The sophomore transfer from Douglas went off for 27 points, hitting five shots from deep.
Tori Baer (13 points) and Autumn Wadsworth (11 points) also reached double figures. Taylor Johnson had nine.
In the loss to Nevada Union, the Raiders trailed just 22-20 at the half but were outscored 21-3 in the third quarter.
Wadsworth was the only Raider in double figures, finishing with 13. Johnson had nine.
The Raiders jump back into 4A North play on Thursday at home against Carson (3-3, 0-2).
Spanish Springs tops Incline
The Cougars made the trip up to Tahoe on Saturday and topped Incline 62-51 in a non-league game played at Whittell.
Anhelica Shanrock led the Cougars (3-3, 2-0) with 13 points. Serena Sanchez had 12 and Kierra Johnson had 10.
Spanish Springs ran past the Highlanders (4-3) in the third quarter, outscoring them 23-3, after holding just a 28-27 halftime lead.
The Cougs host Douglas (2-4, 1-1) on Thursday.
Railroaders routed at Elko
Sparks fell to 0-2, 0-2 with a 69-26 loss at Elko on Saturday afternoon.
The Indians improved to 3-2, 2-0.
“At one point we were only down by nine, but then we got into foul trouble again,” Sparks coach Tawnya Beck said. “We gave Elko too many chances at the hoop, too many offensive rebounds for them.”
Angie Hurtado led the Railroaders with 15 points. Alyssa Shelton had seven.
Sparks hosts Truckee (0-2, 0-2) on Friday night.