The Douglas High JV girls basketball team surged into the lead in the second quarter and never looked back Friday on the way to a 40-33 Sierra League win at home against Galena.
Four different players scored during an 11-2 run in the second period as Douglas (6-2 overall, 2-1 league) turned a four-point deficit into a 20-15 halftime lead.
The win was a good one for the Tigers, who overcome some injuries and the challenges of finals week in the classroom, according to coach David Pfaffenberger.
“The girls played well tonight. We had a slow start and were a little
short-handed, but they stepped up and fill the gaps,” Pfaffenberger said. “Our practice schedule was anything but normal and I’m sure the girls were mentally exhausted. It showed in the first quarter with the slow start.”
Down 10-6 after one quarter, the Tigers came back to tie the score 13-all on a steal and layup by Kaycee Battcher. Kayleigh Carlson it a jumper from the left side put the Tigers out front, 15-13. Megan Sheets banked a 3-pointer off the glass and Madelynne Mehoves hit an inside shot off an assist from Sheets to make it 20-15.
“We got on them a bit and challenged them to step up,” Pfaffenberger said. “The second quarter our defense picked up and we got ourselves into an offensive rhythm. Megan Sando Came off the bench and gave us a big spark defensively.”
Genevieve Stodieck-Deyer scored 13 points and Battcher 10 to lead Douglas offensively. Terra Williams and Chandler Howe also scored 5 each for the Tigers.
“Really, the team is starting to execute plays,” Pfaffenberger said. “We scored a lot of points on inbounds. Plays and from turnovers that our defense caused. The little things like that really help.”
Baileigh Loux led all scorers with 14 points for Galena.
Pfaffenberger praised the performances of Howe and Mehoves rebounding against a tall Galena squad, in addition to control of the ball and tempo by Sheets and Battcher.
“This was a good test against a very good team,” Pfaffenberger said. “I’ve known coach (Wayne) Nash for 10 years and he’s done a great job at Carson and Incline, I know he’s enjoying coaching at Galena and doing a great job there, too.”
The Douglas JV club returns to action on Thursday at the State Farm Classic in Reno. The Tigers open against Spanish Springs at 1:30 p.m. at Damonte Ranch High School.