Luckily for the Cougars, they found a way to keep their winning streak alive and disposed of McQueen 58-37 Saturday evening at home.
"These are high school kids. They don't understand when you tell them that it was an emotional game last night and go home and get some rest. Did that happen? Obviously not," SSHS coach Kyle Penney said. "In the second half, they responded and took care of business so to speak. I don't know if we got better today."
Brennen Sullivan found himself in the right place at the right time for most of the High Desert League clash. He cleaned up the offensive boards and poured in a game-high 17 points for Spanish Springs.
The Cougars struggled offensively early in the contest, and the Lancers looked poised to earn their first league win of the season. After taking a 10-8 lead following one quarter of play, not much else went right for the young McQueen team.
Spanish Springs tied the game at 10-10 and put the clamps on the Lancers defensively in the second quarter, holding the visitors to three points in the period. A 10-1 run to close out the first half pushed the gap to double digits for the first time in the game, 23-13.
The Cougars scored the first six points of the second half and the deficit never dropped below 13 points again.
A couple 3-pointers by Taelor Marchbanks and Robbie Hanna increased the lead to 20 points, 40-20, and Spanish Springs enjoyed that same cushion when the third quarter concluded at 42-22.
McQueen was able to cut the deficit to 15 with 2:22 to play. However, the Purple and Teal concluded the game on an 8-2 run, helped by four of crowd favorite Kevin Wowo's six points.
Rollins Stallworth was the lone bright spot for McQueen. The freshman knocked down a trio of 3-pointers en route to a team-high 15 points.
"I was disappointed with a lot of things tonight," Penney said. "We shot the ball really well last night, but I don't think we were necessarily ready to shoot tonight. Especially coming off a night where we shot really well, I thought guys would be chomping at the bit."
Spanish Springs (10-5, 3-2 HDL) will look to improve its winning streak to four games when Manogue comes to town for a 7 p.m. clash Tuesday.
Reed 68, Elko 52
•Trips to Eastern Nevada have proved unkind to the Raiders in the past, but with the pain of Friday night's loss to cross-town rival Spanish Springs still lingering, Reed had plenty of incentive to take it to the Indians.
That's exactly what Reed did, grabbing a 33-20 lead at the half and pushing it up to 47-29 after three quarters.
Omarri Williams paced the Raiders with 20 points, while Cory Whitaker and Zack Wood added 17 and 10 points respectively.
"We've put ourselves in an awkward position (with the loss to Spanish Springs)," Reed coach Paul Gray said. "Spanish Springs played well last night. Hopefully now the kids realize they have to play with intensity every night. You said it best. That was a wake-up call for us."
Reed (13-6, 3-3 HDL) won't have much time to relish the win with league-leading Galena coming to the Rail City Tuesday night.