Reno did not give more than seven points in any quarter and it cruised to a 68-25 High Desert League triumph at Spanish Springs Saturday afternoon.
"Reno is solid," first-year Cougars coach Art Cardenas said. "They're big and they're good. They took us out of everything we wanted to do. What's really impressive about them is they're not flashy. They're just a good, well-rounded team. They execute and take care of business."
The visiting Huskies ran out to a 17-6 lead after the first period and extended it to 39-12 at halftime. Reno (14-1, 4-1) didn't let up after the break. The Huskies opened the third period on a 16-4 run, a spurt capped by a pair of Doranda Hinkey foul shots with 1:53 left in the period.
Reno led 55-18 after three quarters were complete. The Huskies then scored the first two buckets of the final period, a Mallory McGwire runner and a putback by Morgan Bugica. The Bugica basket left Reno with a 59-18 lead and put the 40-point running-clock mercy rule into effect.
Later in the fourth quarter, Huskies reserve guard Breann Almond buried a 3-pointer for a 68-23 Reno lead. The 45-point gap was the widest margin of the game.
"I thought we played better than we did a night earlier," Reno coach Shane Foster said, alluding to his team's performance Friday against North Valleys. "I think we out-rebounded them today 49-11. We only had 12 turnovers so we protected the ball well. I was pleased with the way we played."
Mallory McGwire, Reno's 6-foot 4-inch sophomore post, led all scorers, posting 20 points while her 6-foot 2-inch senior sister Morgan McGwire added 10 to the Huskies' winning cause.
No SSHS player found double digits in the scoring column. Senior guard Mariah Vargas paced the Cougars' scoring efforts, finishing with eight points.
Next up for Spanish Springs (10-3, 2-3) is a key HDL affair at home against McQueen. Tipoff is set for 5:15 Tuesday.
"We've got to work harder and improve defensively," Cardenas said. "The rest of our schedule is league play. Everyone knows what you run. We have to execute better and take care of the basketball. We've been careless with it. And we're not big so we've got to execute."