Douglas girls basketball out of playoffs
The Douglas High School girls basketball team bowed out of the playoffs Wednesday with a 70-47 loss at Elko in the first round of the Class 4A Northern Zone playoffs. But, it didn’t go down without a fight.
The Tigers (12-14) played evenly with the powerful Indians (24-3) throughout most of the first quarter before succumbing to foul trouble. Douglas trailed by just three points, 18-15, after the first eight-minute stanza, but it was out-scored 18-6 in the second quarter.
“It was a good first quarter,” Elko coach Lynette Davis said. “He (Douglas coach Randy Green) had a very good game plan.”
Douglas came out in a 3-2 zone defense, with a guard collapsing to double team down low whenever Elko’s two premier post players – Kathryn Symms and Lauren Beckman – got their hands on the ball.
The plan worked until the Tigers got in foul trouble.
“We had a lot of free throws early and our girls made them,” Davis said. “(The Tigers) came through on several back-door cuts in the first, but we made an adjustment on defense.”
Elko made 24-of-28 attempts from the foul line. Douglas finished with 24 team fouls.
Beckman and Symms scored 21 and 15 points, respectively. Stephanie Combes led Douglas with nine points. The Tigers were out-scored 13-7 in the third quarter and 21-19 in the fourth.
“Elko is a great place for a high school basketball game,” Green said last week. “The whole town comes out to watch and they have a great band. It’s like going back 20 years. It’s a fun place to play.”
All in all, it was a good year for the Tigers. The expectations will be higher next year, considering they return nine players. Molly Greenberg was the only senior.
“Our big girls are very, very young. That’s the major difference. It will take some time,” Green said.
Douglas will need to improve in a few areas if it hopes to be a playoff contender next year. It will need to find a way to rebound better, shoot better and execute the transition game (getting easy baskets off turnovers) better with its small lineup.
Rosie Contri gradually took over the role as the go-to player this season.
“She stepped up and hits some shots late in games, but the dilemma we’re stuck in is that she is the person we want to dispense the ball against good teams and good presses,” Green said. “She’s the best person for that so we had to sacrifice her from getting good looks (at the basket). Next year, we’ll be in a position to create some offense.”
Jenny Smokey and Tomasa Kizer proved to be solid guards and showed they were able to knock down shots from the perimeter. Stephanie Combes was always active and trying to create on the offensive end. Jessica Granat and Brooke Kizer worked well inside, and Rebecca Rippee had good stretches on offense. Linzy Doherty and Christina Morgan also contributed.
The Tigers played a difficult preseason schedule to prepare for league play.
“There’s a big gap in this league between handling good pressure and poor pressure,” Green said. “You tend to create bad habits against the bad teams and then you have to suddenly correct them (against the top teams).”
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