Douglas girls outlast Spanish Springs
Battling a whole host of injuries and a strong wave emotion from a fired up Spanish Springs squad, the Douglas High girls basketball team Scotch-taped together a 59-52 victory Tuesday night at Spanish Springs High School.
“That was one where we probably didn’t deserve to win,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “It was an emotional night, we were playing a very dangerous team and they beat us in basically every aspect of the game except for the score.”
Before the game, Spanish Springs posthumously retired the jersey numbers of Cassie and Jessica Welch, who died in a tragic car accident in mid-November. The two had been in the Cougar basketball program for several years and had been a luminescent presence in the Northern Nevada basketball community.
“That was the first time in my 17 years of coaching where I wasn’t sure we even really wanted to play,” Christen said. “It was emotional from the get-go, and it was just one of those things where you go through a ceremony like that and the last thing on your mind is basketball.”
The two teams played even basketball through the first quarter, but Douglas broke away with a 20-point second.
Spanish Springs battled back into the game with a good dose of grit and will power before taking a one-point lead with four minutes left.
“They (Spanish Springs) played very hard, they beat us to loose balls and they were playing with a purpose,” Christen said. “I was proud of our girls, because it was an emotional game and its tough to overcome that kind of intangible element.”
Tammy Gough, who finished the game with 12 points and two 3-pointers, ran the Tigers’ offense to near perfection through the last several minutes of the game as Douglas closed out with an 8-0 run to seal up the win.
“We were able to pull them out of their 2-3 zone and get them to have to defend us with the man-on-man, and we were able to at least get a marginal lead in there at the end,” Christen said.
Brittany Puzey led the Tigers with 22 points and Erin Brinkmeyer added 13.
“We did some good things as a team, but we just didn’t play well overall,” Christen said. “There were a lot of areas that we regressed. I’ll just attribute that to the situation we were in. We were just exhausted mentally before the game even started.”
Spanish Springs got 16 points from Rachael Gray, Macy Magstadt added 15, and Sheila James chipped in 12.
Douglas heads to the Bulldog Classic in Las Vegas next week. The Lady Tigers will play five games in three days and, if they play well, could have as many as six games through that stretch.
“These next two weeks are going to be huge for us in terms of preparing for the league season,” Christen said. “This trip is not going to be a vacation for these girls. We’re going down there to work. We want to address a couple of things in our game plan and see some good competition.”
The Tigers take on Green Valley and 3A power Pahrump Valley, has won 38 of its last 40 games, on Dec. 27 to open the tournament.
Douglas is 8-2 on the year.
DOUGLAS 59, SPANISH SPRINGS 52
Douglas 13 20 12 14 — 59
Sp. Springs 13 14 12 13 — 52
Puzey 8 4-4 22, Brinkmeyer 5 2-9 13, Gough 5 0-0 12, Knight 3 0-0 6, J, Kizer 2 0-0 3, Maestretti 1 0-0 2. Totals — 24 6-13 59. Fouls — 16. 3-pointers — Gough 2, Puzey 2, Brinkmeyer. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.
SPANISH SPRINGS (3-5)
Gray 5 6-7 16, Magstadt 5 4-4 15, James 6 0-0 12, Miller 2 2-3 6, Raymond 1 0-0 2, Carlsen 0 1-2 1. Totals — 19 13-16 52. Fouls — 16. Fouled out — James. 3-pointers — Magstadt.
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