So, how does the Douglas High School girls basketball team shape up for the coming season?
Why, full speed ahead, of course! Just call them the Running Tigers.
“We’re gonna make it fun to watch,” said coach Werner Christen, who is entering his 17th season as head coach at Douglas. “We have a lot of good athletes and we’re going to fly around. I mean, we could win a lot of track meets.”
The Tigers are looking to combine that athleticism with experience and depth to improve on a 2012-13 season in which they compiled a 13-16 overall record (8-8 in league). The Tigers qualified for the playoffs and dropped a 47-43 overtime decision in the first round against 2012 state champion Reed.
Win or lose, though, expect to see the Tigers play at an up-tempo pace.
“That’s the way we have to play,” Christen said. “That’s the way they like to play anyway. That just makes it more fun for them.”
The team will be unveiled Saturday at 3 p.m. against an alumni squad, then the season tips off officially on Tuesday when the Tigers host Spanish Springs in a Northern Division I league contest.
“That will be a real tough game,” Christen said of Spanish Springs, a playoff qualifier last season.
Douglas has nine returnees back, five of whom had starting experience. The list of starters is led by McKenna Kynett, who started every game at point guard as a freshman last season, along with seniors Kelly Sonnemann, Katie McCullough, Kassidy Freitas and Maddy Lowe. All five are multi-sport athletes at Douglas. Corryne Millett, an all-league goalkeeper for the soccer team this fall, is entering her third varsity season. Sonnemann recently signed to play softball at Humboldt State, McCullough was a volleyball standout and Freitas was named the Sierra League’s Defensive Player of the Year in soccer.
Millett and Sonnemann scored 10 points each for the Tigers in their playoff loss against Reed.
Shayla Gransbery, Alissa Holley and Jessie Jim are newcomers to the varsity who are expected to contribute this season.
“We have 12 players on the team and they’re all good athletes,” Christen said. “Now, we have to turn them into a good basketball team.”