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Douglas girls earn win over Reed

by Chuck Smock, Sports editor

A stifling defensive effort in the fourth quarter carried the Douglas girls to a 56-46 win over Reed High on Thursday in the DHS gym.

The Tigers, who finished the game with 21 steals, limited the Raiders to five points in the final eight minutes.

“I thought our full-court pressure was pretty good,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We flew around and, more importantly, we did a good job rotating back when they did beat the press, which caused a lot of back-taps and a lot of steals. We probably got seven or eight steals on just rotating back.”

Lindsey Rollins got the Tigers going in the fourth quarter. She made a layup with 6:30 to play and then stole the inbounds pass and banked home another bucket to give her team a six-point lead.

Rollins scored eight of her team-high 13 points in the fourth period.

“Usually, we have a slow start, but we wanted to win this game because we beat them before,” Rollins said. “We all started to play with heart at the end, and it all came together.

“We knew we could pull it off, so we all pulled together as a team and played well.”

Andrea Honer finished with 11 points, including nine of the Tigers’ 19 points in a third-quarter run that saw them turn a one-point deficit into a three-point lead. Honer also had six assists and six steals.

Lisa Doner added 10 points, Tarrah Kizer scored eight, Renee Boucher had six and Emily Haas and Julie Gingrich each scored four.

Christen obviously was happy with a victory that ended a four-game losing streak for his team. He was concerned, however, with the large number of easy shots his players missed against the Raiders.

“We shot a little better from the perimeter, but inside, my goodness, we’re still missing way too many easy shots if we’re going to be there at the end,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s a lid on the thing or what. It’s just amazing some of those shots we missed.”

The Douglas girls had been having problems with slow starts when they played host to Fallon on Tuesday, but it was a bad finish that cost Tigers in a 63-53 loss to the Greenwave.

“That’s it in a nutshell,” Christen said. “We started well. Our energy was good. We did some real good things early.

“Bottom line is we still have to do a better job taking care of the ball.

We work on being strong with the ball every day in practice. The kids are doing a pretty good job in practice, but it seems like sometimes when they see someone in a different color uniform they tense up, they panic, and they don’t have to because they’re really good athletes.”

The two teams battled back and fourth in a game featured 10 lead changes and saw neither squad lead by more than six points – until less than one minute remained in the fourth quarter.

Douglas trailed by one point, 54-53, with 1:21 left to play.

The Greenwave took advantage of three Tiger turnovers in the final minute and scored nine unanswered points to post the 10-point win.

Tarrah Kizer led the Tigers with 18 points. Julie Gingrich scored 11 points, Lisa Doner and Emily Haas each added seven points and Mallory Moore finished with six points.

Haas had nine rebounds, Gingrich had seven, Doner had six and Tarrah Kizer had five.

The Tigers (3-6) will head to Las Vegas next week to play in the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic at Centennial High School, where they could play as many as six games four days. When they return home, they’ll have two weeks to get ready for their Sierra League opener with Reno High.

“We have a long ways to go,” Christen said. “We’ve only had four or five practices this month because we’ve played so many games. We’re looking forward to going to Las Vegas and playing down there. And we’re looking forward to getting back. We’ll have eight or nine days straight of practice. That’s what this team needs because they’re so young.”