Tigers host Reno Tuesday
January 5, 2014
A tall order awaits the Douglas High School basketball teams on Tuesday when they host the Reno Huskies.
Especially the Tigers’ girls (10-4 overall, 4-0 Sierra League), who will take the court for their 5:15 p.m. game against the defending state Division I champion. The boys contest at 7 p.m. is important as well, since the Tigers (5-5, 2-2) are looking to use their homecourt advantage and move past .500 in league against a traditionally strong foe that won state championships in 2006 and ‘08 (13 all-time dating back to 1920).
And both Douglas teams are looking to continue their momentum from Friday, when the girls won 55-14 at Wooster while the boys won 67-35.
Start with two girls teams that are contending for championships in their respective Sierra and High Desert leagues.
Reno (12-1, 1-1) is coming off six straight wins, all by 16 points or more, to capture the championship at the high-powered Las Vegas Holiday Classic. The Huskies was a 56-39 winner in the championship game against a West Torrance (Calif.) team that had previously lost only once this season.
Reno’s only loss this season came on Dec. 19 against Reed, 50-47.
Looking back, Reno has compiled a 190-35 record since 2006 under coach Shane Foster, including region championships in five of the last seven seasons.
Speaking of tall orders, the Huskies are led by their sister combo of 6-foot-1 senior Morgan McGwire and 6-4 sophomore Mallory McGwire. Morgan is averaging 15.5 points and Mallory 14.0 points per game this season.
Douglas also played in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, winning one of five games. The one win was impressive, coming by a 39-38 score against defending San Diego Section Division I champion Granite Hills.
On the boys side, Douglas is facing a Reno (7-5, 1-1) team that is led offensively by senior co-captains: Kyle Mahaffey (15.1 points per game), Connor Bush (15.0) and captains Jakob Rolling (14.4). All three are threats from beyond the 3-point arc.
Douglas went 2-2 at the Las Vegas Prep Championship, aided by 6-5 senior Austin Evans (11.6) and 6-10 senior James Herrick (10.6 points, 11.3 rebounds). Evans scored 51 points during the Tigers’ four games in Las Vegas, 17 in a 46-31 win over Huntington Beach (Calif.), and shot 14-for-28 from 3-point range.
The Douglas girls and boys both played non-league games at home on Saturday against Fallon (results were unavailable at press time).