Third Time Is A Charm As Spanish Springs Beats Reno For Regional Title
Twice this year the Spanish Springs girls’ team met Reno during the regular season, and both times they lost. In the regional final game, held at a neutral site, Carson High, the Cougars put it all together to beat the defending champs.
It was definitely a David versus Goliath affair. Not just because of the dominance the Huskies showed in the previous outcomes, but because of their size. Sophomore Gracen McGwire at 6’1 and Madison Shults, a 5’11 Junior, along with Kaitlyn Biassou, who is 5’9, but plays like a six footer, forced the Cougars outside. Spanish Springs responded with the best three point shooter in the state, Jada Townsell and Mariah Barraza to provide the outside shooting. They kept Reno from clogging up the inside. The floor game from Serena Sanchez helped provide the one, two punch needed. The constant defensive pressure by the smaller Cougars would not let Reno execute their half court game with any consistency.
Reno never led at the end of a quarter. It was Spanish Springs on top at the end of one, 10-6. Then 23-17 at half, and then with a big lead after three quarters, 40-25. At one time late in the game the Cougars had a 21 point bulge.
Spanish Springs got the balanced scoring they needed from Barraza, 13, Townsell, 12, Sanchez 10 and Madlyn Winters with 8. Biassou was by far the most prolific player on the floor. She had her team’s first 14 points. She added another 11 in the second half to end with 25. Hana Hackbusch was the only other Huskie player to get more than one basket, she finish with 6 points.
Both teams will now play in the state tournament in Las Vegas. Reno begins play on Wednesday and Spanish Springs on Thursday.
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