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Girls basketball: Spanish Springs gets coach, seniors win to end regular season

12:00 AM, Feb. 09, 2013 EST

Spanish Springs' Lanesha Terrance looks for the basket as Reed's Nakiyah LeSure tries to block Friday at Spanish Springs High School. / Liz Margerum/RGJ

The Spanish Springs girls sent the seniors, and coach Christine Eckles, out with a blowout win.

The Cougars (12-4) rolled over defending state champion Reed, 48-28. in girls basketball Friday at Spanish Springs.

"Our girls felt like they had something to prove, because of the fact that we've never beaten Reed," Eckles said. "You don't want to lose on senior night. You don't want to lose on your coach's last home game. All of those things were motivators to us."

Reed (14-2) came into the game in control of its own fate. A win would've meant the Raiders would be High Desert League champs. The loss gives the title to Reno.

Reed struggled with turnovers throughout the game, and never could find any rhythm on offense. The poor execution resulted in runs of 10-0 (second quarter), 9-0 (third quarter) and 8-0 (fourth quarter) for Spanish Springs.

"We got a lot to work on," Reed coach Sara Schopper said. "No one wanted to score tonight. Frustration hit us a little bit today as a team."

With the postseason quickly approaching, the Raiders are still trying to find their identity without Gabby Williams.

"We hadn't been tested without Gabby," Schopper said. "I've seen this team play great, and I've seen this team make a lot of young mistakes. They know right now they have to work. Sometimes teams respond better after a loss."

During the game, the Raiders never found a way to stop the duo of Lyndsey Anderson and Riley Holladay. The two were able to play off each other, confuse the Reed defense into giving them open looks and score 13 points apiece.

The two seniors may have found a winning chemistry to achieve their goal of getting a playoff win.

"Just to know finally, that when we play well together as a team there's nothing we can't do," Holladay said. "We can run with this. Now that we have this win, we know we can do anything."

Spanish Springs will open the playoffs against the team who upset it in last years postseason. The Raiders will travel to Carson and play the Senators in the D-1 quarterfinal on Wednesday.




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