The Galena High boys basketball team was able to place its 48-30 over Douglas High on Tuesday at home in perspective.
While the Grizzlies realize they took a major step with the win, they also know that the result was really an aberration. Douglas had come off a tough tournament at its own Carson Valley Classic in which it played four games, losing in the finals to Laguna Creek, Calif. after beating two top Northern Nevada teams in Reed and Manogue.
"Honestly you could tell that Douglas played really four tough games," Galena coach Tom Maurer said. "I'm not taking anything away from my kids. My kids took a big step. When you beat a senior-laden team like them, I'll take it."
Douglas took control when it led 11-4 after one quarter. "They had a great first quarter against us," Maurer said.
But Galena took control the rest of the way and led 20-19 at halftime. The Grizzlies then outscored Douglas 16-8 in the third quarter and 12-3 in the final period.
Maurer said the third quarter was the key. "That's where we killed ourselves," said Maurer about earlier losses in the season.
Galena also had just 11 turnovers. "That was nice to see," Maurer said.
Derek Lorenzen scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half for Galena. The Grizzlies held 6-8 freshman Keith Olson to six points and held him scoreless in the second half.
Galena also held the Tigers' perimeter players in check. Luke Rippee and Pat Carlson each scored seven points while Nick Summers had just five points and Eric Emm was held to three points.
DOUGLAS GIRLS 58, SPANISH SPRINGS 35
Julie Gingrich scored 15 points and Erin Brinkmeyer knocked down an additional 12 to lead the Douglas High School girls basketball team to a 58-35 victory over Spanish Springs in Minden Tuesday night.
Douglas junior Kellei Kizer hit the first of her four 3-pointers on the night as the clock ran out on the first quarter, putting Douglas ahead 8-6.
The Tigers rode a 7-3 run to close out the first half and then came out of the locker room firing, rattling off 19 third-quarter points.
Douglas held the Cougars scoreless through nearly six minutes of the final quarter before Kendall Barrett converted a four-point play after being fouled on a 3-pointer.
Kelly Moreno led Spanish Springs with 15 points.
Douglas stays at home to take on McQueen tonight at 7:15 p.m.