Douglas Girls ready to hoop it up
The Douglas girls will enter the 2000-01 basketball season with only one returning starter on a 12-player roster that features as many underclassmen as seniors.
What the Tigers may lack in varsity experience early in the season, they’ll more than make up for with athleticism and enthusiasm, according to head coach Werner Christen.
“We’re very young, but all 12 of these kids really love to play basketball,” he said. “I like this team. It’s been a while since I’ve had a team this young, but the talent is going to be there and they seem to want to work hard.
“No one expects us to finish in the top four in our league this year, but I think we have some good young talent that may surprise some people.”
Junior point guard Andrea Honer is the Tigers’ lone returning starter and the only DHS player with significant Northern Nevada varsity experience.
“She’s going to be running the show,” Christen said. “Andrea is going to be one of the top two or three point guards in the league this year.”
The coach added that he thinks Honer is as good as, or better than, Galena’s Annie Baxter and Reno’s Megan Nunn.
Senior guards Tracy Kizer and Kristen Garzapena both are entering their second seasons on the varsity team. Christen said both players worked hard in the offseason to get stronger and will be counted on to make contributions on the court this season.
Juniors Amber Gwinn and Lindsay Knox and sophomore Renee Boucher will give the Tigers depth at the guard position.
“Amber has the potential to be one of the better defensive players in the league,” Christen said. “She has quick feet and busy hands. We’re looking for her to be a big pest this year.
“Lindsay is a good defender with a nice shot and she will help us. Renee is a left-handed player who can shoot, is a good passer and rebounds well for a guard.”
Juniors Lindsey Rollins and Mallory Moore give the Tigers two strong players at the No. 3 position.
“Lindsey is a great athlete who can run the floor like a deer,” the coach said. “She has a really good nose for the ball and she does a good job blocking out and using her body to get rebounds.
“Mallory, who will also play guard this year, is a good defender who always finds the ball. She has really good hands and she works hard.”
The Tigers will have four varsity newcomers vying for playing time at post, but it is a position that could soon turn into a strength for Douglas.
Senior Lisa Doner, a recent transfer from Santa Barbara, Calif., could be the surprise of the season in the 4A Northern Region. Christen said the 6-0 post has great footwork, really nice hands and is a good passer in the paint and on the perimeter. He added that Doner already seems comfortable stepping into a leadership role for the young team.
“She’s a nice kid and she’s a nice addition to the team,” Christen said. “She’s going to help us out.”
Sophomores Tarrah Kizer and Emily Haas and freshman Julie Gingrich are all versatile post players who can play with their backs to the basket in addition to having the ability to hit the outside shot.
Rebounding is a strength for Haas, while Kizer has the ball-handling skills to break the press from the off-guard position and can hit the three-point shot. Gingrich is also comfortable with the ball and has shooting range that extends beyond the three-point line.
The Tigers may be young, but they certainly will be battle tested by the time the Sierra League schedule starts in early January.
Douglas opens the season with a home game against defending state champion Galena on Nov. 28. The Tigers will also play in tournaments at Galena, Reno and Las Vegas to fill out a December pre-league schedule that could include as many as 17 games.
“Forget playing Cupcake State,” Christen said. “We’re getting thrown into the fire right away. I think the early schedule will help us in the long run.”