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A ‘Smalley’ comeback lifts Tigers over North Valleys

Madi Smalley supplied key rebounds and defensive stops to help spark a fourth quarter comeback for the Douglas High girls basketball team against North Valleys. Then the 6-foot freshman scored on a layup with 58 seconds remaining to close out a 31-30 victory in the Tigers' season home opener.

Douglas (1-1 league, 1-4 overall) used a 10-2 run through the fourth quarter to rally from a seven-point deficit and win the Northern 4A cross-over contest at Randy Green Court.

Smalley had nine points — including two clutch field goals in the fourth quarter — in addition to 14 rebounds and eight steals to lead the Tigers past North Valleys (1-1, 3-3).

Smalley's jumper made it 28-27 with 3:33 to go and then she converted that layup off an assist from fellow freshman Taylynn Kizer to give the Tigers their first lead since the first quarter.

The go-ahead basket was set up moments before when Smalley tied up the ball with the possession arrow pointing in the Tigers' direction. Smalley had a takeaway with 18 seconds left and Alexa Moss came up with a steal as time expired to close out the contest.

Harmony Laney brought the Tigers back to 30-29 when she converted a jumper with 2:25 showing on the clock.

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Kizer finished with eight points, five steals and two assists while Hailey Hughes contributed six points and eight rebounds for the Tigers. Moss also scored five points, including a breakaway layup assisted by Smalley that made it 28-25 early in the final quarter.

North Valleys scored 11 unanswered points during a seven-minute span bridging the first and second quarters to take a 16-13 halftime lead. Then the Panthers scored eight unanswered points over the 1:40 of the third quarter to take a 28-21 lead. Jada Casper sank a 3-pointer, assisted by Kaylin Talonen, to ignite the run.

Talonen, a sophomore guard, scored 13 points to lead all scorers for the Panthers.