Opening night for the Douglas High School girls and boys basketball teams was postponed on Tuesday due to weather conditions.
Instead, the Tigers are scheduled to face Spanish Springs tonight, with the girls game set to start at 5:15 p.m. and the boys at 7. Due to snow on Tuesday, the Washoe County School District cancelled all athletic trips on Tuesday, according to Douglas Athletic Director Jeff Evans.
There could be playoff implications for the Douglas and Spanish Springs teams in their Northern Division I cross-over games. Each of the opposing teams qualified for the playoffs last season and will be looking to start the 2013-14 season on the right foot.
The Douglas boys have tuned up with three scrimmages, including an intra-squad session on Saturday as part of the alumni game festivities.
“We saw some pretty good things,” Douglas coach Corey Thacker said. “It’s still early in the preseason and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
This is going to be a busy week for the Tigers, who are also scheduled to play two games this weekend at the Wild West Shootout at Bishop Manogue High School — Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Incline and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Servite (Anaheim, Calif.).
But first, there is a matter of taking care of business against Spanish Springs in a game that counts in the league standings.
“Coach (Kyle) Penney does a good job. It doesn’t matter what kids he has, he always puts a good product out on the floor, so that makes it a challenge,” Thacker said of the Cougars.
Likewise, Douglas girls coach Werner Christen is looking for daily progress on opening night against a Spanish Springs squad that finished third in the High Desert League race, but is now under the direction of first-year coach Arturo Cardenas.
“Spanish Springs has a new coach and new system,” Christen said. “So we’ve got to adjust because we’re going to see things from them we’ve probably never seen before.”
The varsity girls prevailed in their scrimmage game on Saturday against the alumni 38-34, aided by back-to-back layups by Kassidy Freitas in the final minute that broke up a 33-33 struggle.
“My hat’s off to the alumni,” Christen said afterward. “I thought they played great. They just came together tonight, but they were able to throw different sets and different defenses at us.
“I thought we did a good job of playing, but we need to get better at adjusting to what the other team throws at us.”
The Douglas girls return to action this action on Thursday at the High Sierra Winter Challenge, where they will play four games in three days at Spanish Springs on Thursday and then Reno High School on Friday and Saturday.
The alumni event attracted 19 boys and 15 girls from Douglas teams of years past in a fundraiser for both programs.
Thacker noted the event also served as a reunion of sorts for some former Douglas students, even those who did not play basketball, but merely wanted to see old friends.
“I thought it was a great time,” Thacker said. “It’s great to see those kids come back, and great to see all the support from volunteers and parents who helped us put this all together.”