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December 8, 2012
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Basketball: Douglas girls, boys prevail in non-league contests

Lady Tigers pull away from South Tahoe in win

A certain pattern is beginning to develop for the Douglas High girls basketball team.

Suffer through a rocky start, find a rhythm midway through the first quarter and then put on an offensive show, particularly in transition, through the remainder.

The Lady Tigers followed the outline to the letter for the second consecutive game Friday night, picking up a 59-35 win over South Tahoe in a non-league game played at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School due to the Douglas High Craft Fair being set up in the Tiger gym.

"We had some struggles defensively tonight," Douglas coach Werner Christen said. "We were just sloppy. I've never seen a team get in the bonus with fouls that quickly before. We just weren't moving our feet and we reached in way too much. It just wasn't happening.

"We didn't do a good job on our press break, but we did make some basketball plays. We're starting to see that with this group, they can execute some plays. We're doing a good job in the transition game. When we get out in transition, we're going to be OK."

The Tigers got balanced scoring throughout their lineup. Sophomore Leonna Mortimer put up a team-high 12 points while Desiree Cage and Ericka Munoz each scored 11. McKenna Kynett had eight points and Corryne Millett and Diana Regalado each had six points in the win.

South Tahoe built an early 4-0 lead while Douglas struggled to find it's shot from the floor.

"It was almost a carbon copy of the Wooster game (the Tigers missed their first six shots against the Colts on Tuesday)," Christen said. "South Tahoe really made us work for it. They are a scrappy team and they do a good job. We expected that.

"We bounced back, though. We're down 4-0 and then we go on a 13-0 run. The kids responded."

After finishing the first quarter on a 13-0 run for the 13-4 lead, Douglas extended its lead in chunks through the second and third quarters.

Cage had a personal 5-0 run early in the second, and the Tigers pieced together two more 5-0 runs and a 6-0 run in the second quarter to carry a 33-17 lead into halftime.

The Tigers then outscored South Tahoe 14-4 in the third to effectively put the game away.

It was Douglas' second consecutive game topping the 50-point mark on offense.

"There were some good things happening," Christen said. "Now we have to get back to work for a big week next week. We have Galena, Reed and Reno all coming up. Those are big league games. If we don't play better, it is going to hurt us."

Douglas improved to 5-2 overall on the year.

The Douglas boys basketball team opened a tournament in Elko with a solid 78-55 win over West High School out of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Douglas opened the game on a 10-0 run and fought off West's feisty full-court pressure to run up its highest scoring total of the young season.

The Tigers improved to 3-0 overall on the year and will take on host Elko Saturday night.

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The Record Courier Updated Dec 8, 2012 01:07AM Published Dec 8, 2012 01:05AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.