SPRING CREEK – The Spring Creek girls basketball team rolled to victories of 45 and 47 points in its weekend games, but the contests did not play out in similar fashion.
The Lady Spartans cruised early and throughout Friday in a 63-18 thumping of Dayton, but their 64-17 victory Saturday over South Tahoe came courtesy of an absolute domination in the second half.
Versus South Tahoe
Spring Creek struggled to score the ball early Saturday against the Lady Vikings, not due to a lack of chances.
The Lady Spartans found numerous opportunities but could not get the ball in the bucket with regularity, making four or five unsuccessful tries on the first possession after owning the offensive glass.
Spring Creek scored the opening bucket on a jumper from junior Caitlyn Dimick from an assist by junior Jasmine Yadeskie.
South Tahoe junior Teagan Williamson scored an And-1 for the Lady Vikings, and senior Maegan Perez tallied a pair of points the line.
Dimick sank a free throw, and Spring Creek took a 5-4 lead on an up-fake finish by freshman Kylee Dimick.
Senior Teagan Ashby drained a jumper from a pass by senior Kaitlyn McLeod, but South Tahoe pulled to within one on a pair from the stripe by Perez.
The Lady Spartans notched the final three points of the period on a free throw from junior Alayna Grosz on an offensive board and a deuce from the left block by sophomore Cheyenne Cleveland on an inbound pass from junior Shaylynn Yaunick.
Spring Creek led 10-6 after a low-scoring first quarter.
Sophomore Elizabeth Canning hit an impressive left-handed runner from the elbow to start the second period, but Perez was left open and sank a three for the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Spartans ripped off a 12-0 run, starting with defense and aggressive drives.
Grosz made a free throw, followed by two freebies from McLeod.
Kylee Dimick scored on the right block from an inbound assist by Yaunick, who then turned defense into offense with a pass while falling to the floor in the backcourt to Kylee Dimick for a breakaway layup.
Yadeskie immediately made a steal and scored on a bunny, grabbing an offensive rebound for a put-back as well.
She then made a 1-for-2 trip to the line, capping the streak and opening a 24-9 lead.
The Lady Vikings scored the next three, all coming from the line – two from senior Megan Aquino and one by Perez.
Grosz made a steal and fed Ashby for a bucket, and Canning made two free throws – Grosz capping a 6-0 run after a steal by sophomore Ryley Ricks and an assist from Ashby.
Perez made two free throws for South Tahoe, but Kylee Dimick closed the half with three freebies for the Lady Spartans.
Spring Creek led by 19 at the break, on top 33-14.
The second half was a one-sided contest to say the least.
Spring Creek owned the third period from the opening seconds.
Yaunick scored quickly after an offensive rebound, Grosz dropped a runner and Yadeskie finished at the rim after a strong drive.
The Lady Spartans turned the Lady Vikings over with regularity, the press working to perfection and forcing giveaways with traps in half-court sets.
Kylee Dimick scored after a steal, and McLeod made a big step through the D from the left wing.
Grosz tallied three-consecutive buckets; one from an offensive board, another on an inbound assist from McLeod and a beast finish in traffic on the offensive glass.
The game turned into a running clock with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Kylee Dimick also did work on the glass for a finish, and Ricks made a steal and scored in transition after a wicked crossover – also dropping a pull-up jumper from the right wing.
The Lady Vikings did not stop dribble penetration by Canning, who made a layup and capped a 24-0 run.
South Tahoe notched its only points of the half on a three with less than five seconds remaining in the frame.
After three periods, the Lady Spartans had exploded to a 40-point advantage of 57-17.
With the clock running, Spring Creek closed the game on a 7-0 run in the fourth.
McLeod made a free throw, Yadeskie knocked down a long two and a freebie and Ricks scored on an assist from Cleveland.
Kylee Dimick booked a 31-3 advantage in the second half with a free throw, Spring Creek rolling to a 64-17 victory over South Tahoe.
Three Lady Spartans scored in double figures, led by 14 points from Kylee Dimick – who added seven boards and tied for the team high with three assists.
Grosz finished with 12 points, followed by 10 from Yadeskie – tying for the team high with eight rebounds apiece – Grosz leading the defense in the middle with two blocks.
Ricks and Canning each scored six points off the bench, McLeod closed with five points and Ashby added four.
McLeod came away with three steals, tying for the team best – also dishing three assists and matching the number of dimes by Yaunick and Ashby.
Perez led South Tahoe with 10 points.
SOUTH TAHOE – 6 – 8 – 3 – 0 – 17 Total
SPRING CREEK – 10 – 23 – 24 – 7 – 64 Total
Spring Creek head coach Holly Miller started her bench players Friday against the Lady Dust Devils.
After playing Dayton fairly even for the first half of the first quarter, Miller inserted her regular starters – ballgame.
The Lady Spartans tore off to a 20-2 run in the matter of minutes, opening a 30-8 lead by the end of the frame.
The second quarter provided a similar stretch, Spring Creek scoring 19 points – the defense holding the Lady Dust Devils scoreless – opening a running clock in the first half.
At the break, the Lady Spartans led by 41 at 49-8.
With the clock rolling the entire second half, Dayton edged Spring Creek for the first and only time in the third period by a total of 8-6.
The Lady Spartans finished the fourth quarter with an 8-2 advantage, cruising to a 63-18 victory.
Scoring was a balanced attack for Spring Creek, Yadeskie leading the way with 12 points.
Caitlyn Dimick scored in double figures with 10 points, tying for the team high with three assists.
Kylee Dimick scored eight points and matched the team best with six rebounds.
Grosz and McLeod each scored seven points, McLeod tying for the team high with six boards and three rebounds – leading the roster with four steals.
Yaunick scored six points, and Ashby and Cleveland added four points apiece.
Senior Abby Sikora led Dayton with nine points.
DAYTON – 8 – 0 – 8 – 2 – 18 Total
SPRING CREEK – 30 – 19 – 6 – 8 – 63 Total
After the weekend, Spring Creek remains in a tie for second place with a 9-3 mark in league play – matching the mark of Lowry – but the Lady Spartans hold the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The Lady Spartans will play their final true road trip of the season, taking on the Lady Wolverines (5-7) at 6 p.m. in Truckee and closing the away slate at 1 p.m. Saturday tip versus the Lady Railroaders (3-8) in Sparks.