McQueen coach John Franklin felt his team was too one-dimensional in the season's first half: As guard Kody Eckert went, so went the Lancers.
"Other team's game plans have been to stop Kody and you stop McQueen," Franklin said.
Eckert again led McQueen in scoring Tuesday night. But he had plenty of help in the Lancers' 65-58 victory over Spanish Springs at McQueen.
Jordan Dansereau complimented Eckert's 19 points with 16 off the bench, Bryce Harnack added 10 and Delon Buncio had nine as the Lancers picked up a key High Desert league win. Dansereau registered 14 of McQueen's 24 fourth-quarter points.
"He was critical off the bench," Franklin said. "He knocked down some big shots. It was good to see that from him because he can do that. He can do that night in and night out. He's just been inconsistent for us lately.
"To have other guys step up and start to find their way, it's going to help Kody. ... The more games we have like this, the better we're going to be down the stretch."
The Lancers (7-9, 3-4) looked well on their way after they jumped to a 9-0 lead and held a 17-6 advantage to start the second quarter. McQueen's ball pressure thwarted Spanish Springs' efforts to run its offense and use its size advantage in the post.
But the Cougars (11-5, 5-2) cut the deficit to eight at halftime and pulled even at 35 midway through the third period. Spanish Springs, however, didn't score for the final 4 minutes, 53 seconds of the quarter after it tied the game.
"We didn't come ready to play," Spanish Springs coach Kyle Penney said. "We were a complacent team, they were a motivated team. We haven't played well since we played Hug (Dec. 20). We're just complacent. They cut harder and got open, we struggled to get open. They played harder and wanted to win. We just thought we were just going to walk in and win.
"We did a lot of things early (in the season), which means nothing right now."
Kenny Meyer had 22 points for the Cougars and T.J. McCauley added 15.