Douglas girls get defensive |

Douglas girls get defensive

by Donnie Nelson

The Douglas High School girls basketball team got downright defensive in an important 53-28 victory over the visiting Fallon Green Wave on Tuesday.

Now, it’s crunch time. The Tigers, 5-5 in league, can wrap up a playoff berth with wins in each of their last two regular season games (Friday at Hug and Feb. 13 against Reno). They would probably still make the playoffs if they got a win Friday and then lost to Reno. However, nothing is guaranteed yet in the wild and wacky Division II.

The smaller Tigers held Fallon to an 11-for-44 (25 percent) shooting performance from the field and forced the visitors into 35 turnovers. They also had a 42-22 rebounding advantage over the last three quarters.

Douglas wasn’t too shabby on the offensive end when it counted, either. It put up 20 points and committed just one turnover in the decisive third quarter.

Rosie Contri led the Tigers with 16 points. Tomasa Kizer added 12 points, and Stephanie Combes contributed four assists and five steals in a hustling effort off the bench.

Barbara Worthington led Fallon with eight points.

Douglas forced Fallon into a dismal 2-for-11 shooting performance from the field and 11 turnovers in the first quarter. Fallon didn’t make its first field goal in the first quarter until Jaqui Hyatt got a steal and went coast-to-coast for a layup with 3:12 left.

But, the Tigers weren’t much better in the early going. They made 3-of-14 attempts from the field and were outrebounded 16-5.

However, Douglas put it all together in the second quarter and broke the game open with a 10-0 run. Kizer and Contri started the run by putting offensive rebounds back for baskets on consecutive possessions, and Contri ended the run by drilling back-to-back jumpers from the left wing.

Fallon didn’t make its only field goal of the quarter out of 14 attempts until Mandie Lister converted a runner in the lane with 2:34 left in the half.

The Tigers scored on four straight possessions in the middle of a 14-4 run over the final four minutes of the third quarter. Molly Greenberg hit two jumpers from the left side during the run, and Combes one basket and three assists. Douglas came up with eight offensive rebounds and scored 10 second-chance points in the quarter.

Douglas gave up just 10 rebounds total, including three offensive, in the second half after giving up 28 boards, including 12 offensive, in the first half.

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