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DHS girls rip South Tahoe

by Chuck Smock

Everything seemed to be going right for the Douglas girls in the early minutes of their game with South Tahoe on Friday.

Make that, almost everything.

The Tigers opened the game with a 13-1 run. They made six of their first eight shots from the floor to take control of a contest they’d eventually win, 58-33.

Midway through the run, however, sophomore Tarrah Kizer injured her right ankle and was forced to leave the game. Douglas’ leading scorer didn’t return.

On Monday, Tigers coach Werner Christen said Kizer likely will be out of the lineup for two to three weeks, meaning she could miss the rest of the season.

“She’s rehabbing hard and, hopefully, we’ll have her back before the end of the year,” Christen said. “She’s a tough kid. She wants to play.”

The injury to Kizer was the second big blow for the Douglas girls this season. Two weeks ago, sophomore Emily Haas, who was leading the Tigers in points and rebounds at the time, was sidelined when she broke bones in both wrists during a game with McQueen.

The win over the Vikings put the Tigers in a tie for fourth place in the Sierra League standings with Carson with one game left in the first half of league play.

Lindsey Rollins led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

Kristen Garzapena added nine points on three 3-pointers.

Julie Gingrich scored eight points and pulled down eight rebounds.

Andrea Honer finished with six points and nine rebounds and Lisa Doner scored six points to go along with five rebounds.

Amber Gwinn scored six points and made three steals.

Mallory Moore had four points and five rebounds.

“It was a nice win, a good team effort,” Christen said. “When Tarrah went out, everyone picked it up a notch. That’s just what we’re going to have to do. It’s the same old deal, everyone’s going to have to score one more basket and everyone’s going to have to get one more rebound.”

The Tigers (1-3 in league, 8-13 overall) tried to make it two in a row Tuesday night when the Wooster Colts (3-1, 8-9) came to town to close out the first half of Sierra League play.

“If we can get that game, we’re going to be right in the thick of things again,” Christen said Monday after practice. “That would be a quality win against, right now, the second-best team in the conference.”

Douglas will get another shot at the best team in the conference, Reno, this Friday. The Huskies won the first league meeting between the two teams, 65-29.

“It’s real important Friday night that we do all the little things correctly,” Christen said. “We’re going to have to be patient, or it could be a long night because they’re tremendously talented. I think they’re the No. 1 team in the state.”

Including the game with the Huskies, the Tigers will play four of their final five league games on the road.

“We’re taking it one game at a time, one practice at a time,” Christen said. “Everyone is going to play and everyone is going to play a lot. Everyone knows their roles and they’re excited about playing the rest of the year.”