by Steve Puterski, Lahontan Valley News

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December 26, 2012
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Basketball: Fallon grinds out win vs. Douglas

FALLON - Despite a ragged performance from the floor, the Fallon girls basketball team pulled out a 32-24 nonleague win over Douglas in Fallon on Saturday.

Both teams struggled to sink their shots, especially in the first and fourth quarters.

The Tigers lead 5-2 after the first frame, led by buckets from Erika Munoz and Corryne Millett. Douglas's 1-3-1 zone defense bothered the Fallon shooters and limited the Lady Wave's offensive rebounds.

Douglas' offense, however, could not take advantage of numerous close-range opportunities.

"We were just missing a lot of shots," Douglas assistant coach David Pfaffenberger said. "I put a lot of girls out there to find who clicked. It seemed we didn't play with enough energy."

In the second quarter, Fallon's offense heated up and pulled away from the visiting Tigers. Gabby Sharpe paved the way with six points including a 3-pointer and Ali Tedford added four. Tedford finished with a game-high nine points, while Sharpe added eight.

Douglas was led by Desiree Cage who scored six and Millett and Munoz each chipped in with four.

Leading 15-10 at halftime, Fallon's offense continued its second quarter success, although Douglas was able to stay within striking distance.

The Tigers managed a modest four-point run on a basket and two free throws from No. 42. Fallon countered with a 6-0 run behind the inside play of Rileigh Ricken, Cady Cordes and Hannah Lindsay. The Lady Wave increased the lead to 27-18 on a bucket by Shelby Smith, but Douglas' 35 cut the lead to seven with a late basket.

"The first quarter was kind of gruesome," said Fallon assistant coach Nate Waite, who filled in for head coach Anne Smith. "We were able to make changes and the kids were able to focus and get the job done."

In the fourth quarter, the two former Class 4A foes again struggled to find a rhythm as Fallon held on for its second win over the Tigers this season. The Lady Wave dropped Douglas 27-24 at the Lowry Tournament on Nov. 30.

Tedford sealed the win with three late free throws, while Douglas could not find any consistency on offense.

"I think sometimes when you start missing, it affects the confidence level," Pfaffenberger said. "As a shooter, you have to have a short memory."

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