As the old adage goes, you can always throw records out the window in any rivalry game.
So never mind that the Douglas High girls basketball team already has its postseason position locked up, or that Carson is still battling for a third-place seed in the Sierra League playoff picture. Anything could happen tonight when the Tigers and Senators meet in their regular season-ending 5:15 p.m. contest at Randy Green Court.
“It’s Carson-Douglas,” Carson coach Nate Tolbert said Tuesday night after the Senators’ 62-28 win against Wooster. “It comes down to whoever wants it most. We have to control our emotion better. We didn’t do that the last time. Douglas is a tough place to play. We have to come to play on Friday.”
Douglas coach Werner Christen echoed that as he looked back on the Tigers’ hard-fought 41-35 win at Carson on Jan. 21.
“I think Carson has the most talent on our side, and they’re well coached,” Christen said of the Senators. “We were lucky to get out of there with a win last time.”
Douglas (18-8, 11-4) dropped a 44-40 decision Tuesday at Damonte Ranch that had no impact on its position in the league. The Tigers are already assured of second-place in the Sierra League and a first-round playoff game at home Tuesday against Spanish Springs (No. 3 seed from the High Desert League).
Christen emphasized that the Tigers need to play better than they did on Tuesday against the Damonte Ranch Mustangs, who needed a win to remain tied with Carson for third-place in the league race.
“We did some different things to try and get ready for the playoffs,” he said. “But the bottom line, we missed a lot of easy shots and just made life more difficult for ourselves. We haven’t been doing a good job of finishing, but I think we learned from this game.”
Damonte Ranch (12-9, 8-7) led 23-16 at halftime and held an 11-point advantage in the fourth quarter before the Tigers rallied to pull within one shot of tying in the fourth quarter.
Kelly Sonnemann led Douglas offensively with 10 points, 7 of which came in the fourth quarter. Corryne Millett also scored 8 points for the Tigers.
Taylor Nuttall led all scorers with 18 points for Damonte Ranch.
“They have a nice squad,” Christen said of the Mustangs. “They play hard and they have some good young talent.”
Note: Tammy Gough, a 2005 Douglas graduate and three-year varsity basketball starter, will be inducted into the school’s Basketball Hall of Fame tonight during halftime of the boys game. Brittany Puzey, another 2005 Douglas graduate, was inducted last Friday in a ceremony Gough missed due to severe weather conditions in the Sierra.