A winter storm delayed opening night for the Douglas High School girls and boys basketball teams until tonight.
The Tigers are scheduled to face Spanish Springs, 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 canceled 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.).
The Douglas girls play again on Thursday at the High Sierra Winter Challenge, where they will play four games in three days at Spanish Springs and Reno high schools. They open on Thursday with a 6 p.m. game against Palo Verde at Spanish Springs.
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.”
Douglas basketball past and present was showcased on Saturday during its annual alumni game festivities. The alumni games attracted 19 boys and 15 girls from Douglas teams of years past in a fundraiser for both programs. The event not only brought back players from the past, but also served as a reunion of sorts for some former students, even those who did not play basketball, who 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 together.”
The Douglas boys held an intra-squad session as a tune-up for their regular season.
“We saw some pretty good things,” Thacker said. “It’s still early in the preseason and we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Meanwhile, the Douglas girls prevailed in their scrimmage game 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 (varsity) did a good job of playing, but we need to think better and we need to get better at adjusting to what other teams are doing against us.”
The Douglas JV girls opened their season on Monday night with a 42-31 victory against North Valleys at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School, Six different players scored and four players contributed assists during a 17-0 first-quarter run that put the Tigers in control. Five of those field goals came on layups or putbacks.
Jen Stodieck-Deyer had six points and three assists during the run, which left the Tigers with a 19-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Stodieck-Deyer scored on an inside shot, assisted by Terra Williams, to put the Tigers on top, 6-4 midway through the first period. Kaycee Battcher, Chandler Howe, Megan Sheets, Megan Sando and Williams also contributed points during the run.
Stodieck-Deyer finished with a game-high 11 points and Sando 10 to lead Douglas offensively. Sheets added 9 points, including a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter.
In the preliminary game, Mary Shumaker scored 13 points, Kaitlyn Palaroan 9 and Natalie Smith 6 for the Douglas freshmen in a 47-32 loss to North Valleys.
Douglas only trailed 14-12 and had a shot to tie late in the second quarter, however, North Valleys scored two quick baskets to extend its lead to 18-12 at halftime.