Forget the slogan: “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”
Instead, the Douglas High girls and boys basketball teams are heading to Las Vegas to face high-caliber opponents in hopes of gaining experience they can take away to be used in January and February during their Sierra League season — and beyond.
The Douglas girls will have their unblemished 8-0 record severely tested at Centennial’s Las Vegas Holiday Classic. The Tigers have two games scheduled in their pool today against Southern California opponents, at 10:20 a.m. against El Segundo (5-3) and then at 6:20 p.m. against Culver City (6-2).
On Saturday, the Tigers return to face Granite Hills (5-4), the defending CIF San Diego Section Division I champion and 2013 California state tournament quarterfinalist. Then the Tigers conclude their pool schedule against tournament host Centennial (7-3), a program that has won six state titles under coach Karen Weitz, the first of which came in a 76-74 double overtime thriller against Douglas in 2002. (Weitz is the second Nevada girls high school basketball coach with 500 career victories, Elko’s Lynette Davis being the other).
“We’ve got some teams coming up that are really good,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “Every team is going to be good, but that’s why we’re going down there. We’re going down to get better and to see where we really stand.”
Meanwhile, the Douglas boys (2-3) return to action in the Las Vegas Prep Championship today with a 10:30 a.m. contest against Silverado (6-1). The Tigers opened in the tournament Thursday against Cimarron-Memorial (5-5).
Note: The Douglas boys and girls play at home again on Jan. 4 against Fallon.