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Spanish Springs girls drill Desert Oasis, 59-34
by Tribune Staff
Dec 29, 2012 | 1891 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lyndsey Anderson scored 17 points and Riley Holladay chipped in 12 as the Spanish Springs girls basketball team breezed to a 59-34 win over Desert Oasis in the final game for both schools at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, hosted by Centennial High School, Saturday afternoon.

Spanish Springs finished the traditionally tough event with a 3-2 record. Both of its losses -- to Centennial (51-31) and Woodbridge (53-41) of Irvine, Calif. -- came against teams ranked in the top 30 in the country by Maxpreps.com.

"We had a good tournament," Cougars coach Christine Eckles said. "We saw great competition and our kids held their own. I liked that we got contributions from a lot of different kids. The girls had a fun trip and I believe we got better."

Desert Oasis knocked down a trio of 3-point shots in the first quarter to keep Saturday's contest tight early on. Spanish Springs held just a 15-13 lead after the first eight minutes. The Cougars created some separation by outscoring the D'backs 11-2 in the second quarter.

That left the Cougars on top 26-15 at the break but the Sparks school blew the game open when its offense got clicking in the third period. The SSHS hoopsters outscored Desert Oasis 25-13 in the third period and forged ahead 51-28 going into the final quarter.

"The girls really played well in the third," Eckles said. "We picked up our defensive intensity which led to some turnovers and easy transition buckets. We got good ball movement and knocked down shots. We made the game look easy there for awhile."

In addition to Holladay's 12 points, she also gave away 11 assists, tying an SSHS single-game record. Holladay, last season, and two others (Caitlin McKinney, 2009 and Brianne Edmunds, 2001) had already accomplished the feat. Anderson also pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked three shots, turning in a solid all-around effort.

Spanish Springs now sits 13-3 overall. The Cougars return to the court Thursday when they travel to play at Manogue in a Division I Northern Region crossover league game. Tip-off is set for 3:30 p.m.

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