Carson girls top Douglas |

Carson girls top Douglas

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas girls saw their Sierra League record fall to 0-3 with a 52-40 road loss to the Carson Senators on Friday.

With two home games remaining in the first half of league play, the Tigers feel they’re still in a position to make a run at a playoff berth, however.

“We’re at the point where it’s a must-win situation,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said of his team’s game with South Tahoe on Friday. “We’re in a little ditch now. If we lose Friday, we’re in a huge crater.

“We’ve dug ourselves into a little hole. We’ve got to pick up a shovel and fill in some dirt.”

The spade work starts with the Vikings.

South Tahoe is led by guard Lindsey Hitt, who averages nearly 17 points per game. The Vikings are more physical that they have been in recent years.

Like the Tigers, the Vikings already have lost to Reno (77-45) and Hug (53-45) this season. South Tahoe opened the season with a loss to the Wooster Colts and, like Douglas, is in danger of falling out of the playoff picture with another loss.

“They’re real physical and they’re a lot more talented than they have been in the past,” Christen said of the Vikings. “They worked together a lot this summer. They’re definitely playing pretty good ball. Their record might not indicate it, but they’re a pretty good team.”

Sophomore Tarrah Kizer scored a season-high 27 points Friday night against Carson. The rest of the Tigers managed only 13 points, though, and the rest of the scoring was spread among three players.

Lindsey Rollins finished with five points and Andrea Honer and Julie Gingrich each scored four points.

“We can’t find any consistency,” Christen said. “We just can’t get two people hot at the same time. I don’t get it.”

The Tigers faced a 15-4 deficit early in the second quarter, but managed to get within four points midway through the third period when Kizer scored 12 points in a 14-4 run that spanned five minutes.

Carson responded with a 10-2 run that built a 12-point lead as the Tigers missed seven of eight shots after getting within striking distance.

The Senators sealed the win by making 12 of 20 free throws in the fourth quarter.

Meghan Gradert led Carson with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The Tigers now turn their attention to South Tahoe and the Wooster Colts, who come to town Tuesday to wrap up the first round of Sierra League play.

“If we’re 2-3, I think we have a real good shot at the playoffs,” Christen said. “Of course we’re going to have to be road warriors in the second half, so it’s not going to be easy.”