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Break is over for Douglas girls after Las Vegas basketball tourney

Staff reports

The Douglas girls took a five-day break from basketball after their trip last week to Las Vegas for the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic tournament.

The Tigers return to practice today and will play host to the Whittell Warriors on Friday in what will be their first game in more than a week.

“It was a perfect time for us to have a break,” DHS coach Werner Christen said. “We’ve had some illness, so it’s been a time to get well and enjoy the holidays. Hopefully, they’ll come in healthy and full of energy.”

Douglas will open its Sierra League season on Jan. 5 when a talented Reno High team comes to town.

Christen said his players will have to avoid overlooking the 2A Whittell Warriors on Friday to prevent an upset.

“I think it’s a bigger game for them than it is for us,” Christen said. “I expect a real good game. Last year, they gave us all we could handle. If they beat us, it will make their season.”

The Tigers opened the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic with a 45-40 win over Durango.

Emily Haas scored 11 points and Tarrah Kizer scored 10 in what Christen called a sloppy game.

The coach added that Tracy Kizer and Andrea Honer each turned in solid games at the guard positions.

The Tigers used a balanced scoring attack and tenacious pressure defense to beat the Valley Vikings, 53-26. Julie Gingrich led the way with 14 points, including two 3-pointers. Tarrah Kizer added nine points, Lisa Doner scored eight, Emily Haas had seven and Andrea Honer and Renee Boucher each scored six.

Douglas’ third win in the tournament came against Chaparral, 54-31. Doner scored a game-high 14 points. Tarrah Kizer scored seven, Gingrich scored six and Boucher scored five.

Doner finished with 14 points and Kristen Garzapena scored eight in a 46-41 overtime loss to Palo Verde.

Honer led the Tigers with six points in a 53-38 loss to Granite Bay, which scored 24 points in the first quarter and shot 70 percent from the floor in the game.