Douglas girls move into fourth
The Douglas girls’ basketball team avenged two Division II losses early this week and moved into fourth place in the division standings.
The Tigers won a tough road game at Fallon, 59-49, on Tuesday. They followed that big victory with an impressive win over Carson High, 37-34, in the Douglas gym Wednesday.
Douglas (14-9 overall, 5-4 in division) played host to Hug High (2-8) Friday. The Tigers will host McQueen in a non-division game Tuesday. They will then host Wooster in a makeup game Wednesday night, before traveling to Reno High on Friday to complete the Division II season.
Douglas was one game behind Wooster and Carson heading into Friday’s games.
Head coach Werner Christen was looking forward to seeing his team tested against the McQueen Lancers. Having to play Wooster the next night eliminated that opportunity.
“We’ll probably play the starters about one quarter,” Christen said. “We don’t have a choice. Can you see Rosie (Contri), Tomasa (Kizer), Jenny (Smokey) or anyone else going down with a freak ankle sprain?”
Douglas coaches would have liked to play the Colts on Monday, which would have given the Tigers two days to get ready for Reno and a game that will almost certainly determine Douglas’ place in the final Division II standings.
The final week of the regular season will have the Tigers playing two of the best teams in the state – McQueen is 7-0 in Division I, Reno in 9-0 in Division II – in four days, with the crucial makeup game with Wooster sandwiched between.
Christen can only hope the Tigers can continue the roll they started in the second half against Fallon. Douglas outscored the Greenwave 23-10 in the final period.
“Allen (Gosselin, DHS assistant coach) and I have been with this team for three years and that’s the best job we’ve seen them do blocking out and putting a body on somebody,” Christen said. “They hustled their butts off.”
Smokey scored 14 points, Rebecca Rippee added 11, Brooke Kizer finished with 10 and Contri and Andrea Honer each chipped in with nine.
Against Carson, the Tigers survived scoring only two points in the second period with an inspired effort in the second half. Christen said one of the keys was a switch Gosselin made in the Douglas defensive scheme. The Tigers held Pam Williams and Kristina Yeskie to a combined three points in the second half.
“When you hold two great players like Williams and Yeskie to three points in the second half, you’re doing a great job.”
Douglas 37, Carson 34
Carson 15 8 4 7 34
Douglas 13 2 13 9 37
Carson (6-3, 15-8)
Rambeau 2 0-0 5, Padilla 0 1-2 1, Yeskie 2 1-2 5, Williams 3 2-3 8, Thurman 7 1-2 15, Totals: 14 5-9 34. Three-pointers: Rambeau.
Douglas (5-4, 12-8)
Tomasa Kizer 1 0-0 3, Jenny Smokey 5 1-2 15, Andrea Honer 1 1-2 3, Rosie Contri 4 3-4 11, Rebecca Rippee 1 1-2 3, Brooke Kizer 1 0-0 2. Totals: 13 6-10 37. Three-pointers: Smokey 4, T. Kizer.
Team fouls: Carson 11, Douglas 11. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
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