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Reno girls pad division lead with win over Spanish Springs

12:00 AM, Jan. 26, 2013 EST

Reno's Shalen Shaw passes over Spanish Springs' Myrissa Prince Friday at Spanish Springs High School. / Liz Margerum/RGJ

Reno used its size to its advantage and took a comfortable lead in the league standings.

The Huskies (11-1) traveled to Spanish Springs (8-4) and knocked off the Cougars, 57-38, to stake a three-game lead over third-place Spanish Springs.

The game marked the second time this season Reno defeated Spanish Springs, and size, once again, dictated the outcome of the game.

"You can't do anything about it," Spanish Springs point guard, Hannah Woytek said about Reno's size advantage.

That size translated to a 39-23 rebounding advantage for the Huskies. Most of the rebounding advantage can be attributed to the McGwire sisters, who controlled the boards and combined for 29 points.

"They did not get a lot of second shots," Reno coach Shane Foster said. "We got quite a few second shots. I think that was one of the big differences in the game."

Reno jumped out to a 22-8 lead in the second quarter causing Spanish Springs coach Christine Eckles to call a timeout. Her team responded with a 10-1 run to close the first half, cutting the lead to five.

In the second half, Reno's defense clamped down, forcing the Cougars to play from the perimeter, and into a long jump shot game. As a result, the Huskies buried the Cougars with an 11-0 run as Reno cruised to an easy win.

"At the end, as a team, we got better," Reno point guard, Gigi Hascheff said. "Everybody feeds off of everybody."

Hascheff controlled the tempo of the game throughout, and her ability to dictate the flow of the game once again led to a win.

"Me being a senior, I think they lean on me a little bit," Hascheff said. "If I get them a good pass they're good enough to make a move and score. When we work well together, it's really hard to stop us."

With the win, Reno furthered its standing as the top team in Northern Nevada, and with Reed's Gabby Williams out for the rest of the season, the Huskies are among the favorites to take the reigns from the defending state champs. Coach Foster wouldn't speculate on his team's position as one of the best in the state, and isn't worried about the perception that his team may now be favored to win the North.

"If there's a target on our back, oh well," he said.




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