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Bear River tops girls in basketball tournament

by Chuck Smock, Staff Writer

A slow start hindered the Douglas girls Thursday against Bear River in the first round of the Reno Elite “8” basketball tournament at Reno High.

The Tigers scored only four points in the first quarter, while the team from Grass Valley, Calif., scored 13 on the way to an eventual 49-38 victory.

Douglas played Colfax, a 73-42 loser to Reno on Thursday, in the second round Friday night. If the Tigers beat Colfax, they’ll play the Galena/Petaluma winner today at 11:30 a.m. in the fifth place game. The seventh-place game is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. today.

The Tigers trailed Bear River by eight points at halftime, 22-14, but scored 15 points and owned a lead before the Bruins rallied back to secure a 35-29 advantage with eight minutes to play.

“We played well in the third quarter, but we ran out of gas,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We’re down to nine players and two of those were sick. We used a lot of energy in the run and that took a lot out of us.”

Emily Haas led the Tigers with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Kristen Garzapena hit three 3-pointers and finished with a career high nine points.

“Kristen was hot,” the Douglas coach said. “She shot the ball real well and she played well on both ends of the floor. It was probably the best all-around game she’s played on varsity.”

Andrea Honer connected on two 3-pointers and scored eight points.

Christen said Mallory Moore and Amber Gwinn also turned in excellent games.

“Mallory came in off the bench and played superb,” he said. “Amber came off the bench and sparked us defensively. She does a good job. We have to get her a little more comfortable with the offense, but she flies around defensively.”