Douglas High girls basketball
Douglas High senior McKenzie Main goes up for a layup Friday night against Carson. Main had a game-high 19 points as the Tigers beat the Senators, 63-29.
Photo by Ron Harpin.
Douglas High School girls basketball broke away from Carson in the second half Friday night en route to a 63-29 win over the Senators.
The Tigers end the regular season with a 12-4 clip in the Class 4A North, but remained tied with Spanish Springs and Damonte Ranch.
With tiebreakers, Douglas will settle into the No. 3 seed to open up regional play at home in Minden against No. 6 McQueen Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Spanish Springs will be the No. 2 seed while Damonte Ranch will be No. 4.
Besting the Senators
Douglas and Carson were tied at 19-all with 3:18 to go in the second quarter Friday.
Zora Simpson’s 10-point outburst in the second period kept the Senators from pulling ahead by more than two points.
Simpson put Douglas in front, 22-19, with her third triple of the quarter, knocking down the 3-pointer from the wing.
She followed by assisting McKenzie Main on her own 3-pointer from the corner to move the Tigers in front, 25-21.
Douglas ended the quarter with four more points from Main and Logan Karwoski, who hit a mid-range jumper off an assist from Aleeah Weaver.
Their run rolled smoothly into the third quarter where the Tigers started to pile on thanks to Main’s lights-out shooting from beyond the arc.
The senior point guard ender her night with a game-high 19 points, she scored 12 of that 19 in the third.
On three straight possessions, Main deposited three-point daggers into Carson, running the Tiger lead to 43-21 with 4:52 to go in the third.
By the end of the third quarter, Douglas led 55-26.
“Our ball movement was really good,” said Simpson. “So we were getting good shots and good looks.”
“Yeah, that skip pass was always open,” added Main.
Douglas will graduate seven seniors in Main, Simpson, Weaver, Karwoski, Skylyn Rasmussen, Talia Tretton and Malia De Leon after the season.
For a pair of Tiger seniors, Friday night was another chance to reflect on a group that has been together since grade school.
“It’s what we’ve been working for since we were little. We just got to enjoy it and take it all in,” said Simpson.
“Half of us were at CVMS and half of us were at Pau Wa Lu. When we came together, it was really magical,” Main said.
The outgoing senior class will enter its final postseason with a career varsity record of 49-28.
(The seniors of Douglas High School girls basketball. Featured, from left to right, are Malia De Leon, Zora Simpson, Logan Karwoski, Skylyn Rasmussen, Talia Tretton, Aleeah Weaver and McKenzie Main. / Ron Harpin)