Basketball: Douglas boys, girls sweep Hawks
Well into the third quarter Friday night, the Douglas boys’ basketball team found itself trailing by seven with Hug set to take full control of the momentum of the game.
The Hawks were in the midst of an 8-0 run, they were matching up well with Douglas’ size and they held a decided advantage in team speed and quickness.
Douglas coach Corey Thacker called a timeout and delivered a quick message.
“We just told them we have to play defense,” Thacker said. “We gave up 36 points in the first half and they were getting ready to run away with it.”
The Tigers came out of the timeout and ran up a 13-3 run over the next five minutes of game time to take a 50-47 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Senior forward Jorey Scott put up 12 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead Douglas to a 69-58 win in Minden. It was only the Hawks’ second loss of the season (the other came against Manogue in the first week of the year).
“I was really proud of the way our guys battled,” Thacker said. “We held them to 22 points in the second half and that is a very tough squad to do something like that against.
“They’re quick and they have great shooters. I have to compliment the wings for the way they guarded them.
“It’s a big credit to Jorey too. He stepped up inside and started finishing. That was a big part of the outcome.”
It was also a credit to Douglas’ depth.
Sophomore Hunter Myers, who has been Douglas’ leading scorer all year, got saddled with early foul trouble and was subsequently held scoreless until late in the third quarter. He finished with four points.
“If you would have told me that would be the case tonight, I would have said someone needs to step up, and that’s what we got,” Thacker said. “Jorey and Matt (Thomas, who finished with nine points) were big inside.
“That’s why we talk about it being a team game. Guys responded and good things happened.
“I was proud of the whole bench. The guys we ran in the second and third quarter helped wear Hug down and put us in a good position late.”
Prior to Douglas’ decisive second-half run, the lead had changed hands eight times with neither team being able to put an extended run together.
Both teams scored points in bunches and Hug’s 8-0 run early in the second half took only a minute of actual game time.
While Scott’s 16 second-half points pushed the Tigers over the top, it was guard Austin Neddenriep who paced the Tigers through the first three quarter, scoring 11 of his 16 points before the fourth.
Douglas also got six points from Theo Denson, five from Chris Downs and two each from Connor Hughes and Nick Maestretti.
Douglas improved to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in league play with the win.
The Douglas girls held on to claim their first league win of the season, a 40-39 win over Hug, in Minden Friday night.
Douglas, which has been the victim of two close losses in the last week, lead 35-26 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers had to hold off a late Hawk charge to seal the win while getting outscored 13-5 in the fourth quarter.
Ebony Cleveland, who finished with five points for Douglas, hit the front end of a pair of free throws with 3:18 left in the game to put the Tigers up 40-35. It would prove to be the Tigers last point of the night.
The Tiger defense stepped up, though, holding the Hawks to four points down the stretch. The last basket, which cut the score to one, came with mere seconds left on the clock and the buzzer sounded while Douglas was attempting to inbound the ball.
Carly McCullough and Bri Burnside shared the team lead in scoring with eight each. Cora Moody had five, Jackie Harper and Tia Lyons each had four, and Alex Laing, Diana Regalado and Holly Downer each had two in the win.
Douglas improved to 1-6 with the win.