Douglas girls set sights on Galena tourney
The Douglas girls have spent the last two weeks cramming for the upcoming basketball season.
They’ll get their first test this week with a schedule that includes four games in five days.
The Tigers tipped off the season with a home game against defending state champion Galena Tuesday night.
Douglas will travel to Galena High three times this week to play in the Galena Mountain Classic. The Tigers finished second at the Grizzlies’ tournament each of the last two years.
Douglas opens the tournament on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Masama High from Klamath Falls, Ore. On Friday, the Tigers will play Wooster at 4 p.m. Saturday’s schedule will be determined by the results of the first two days.
Bringing home a big trophy isn’t the ultimate goal for the Tigers this weekend, according to head coach Werner Christen.
“We’re looking at it as games,” Christen said of the Galena Mountain Classic. “To us, it’s three games, it’s not a tournament.
“After (Tuesday’s) game I don’t know how much we’ll know. Maybe by Saturday we’ll know a little bit more. After Saturday, we’re going to see where we’re at and go from there.”
The Galena tournament is the first of three the Tigers will play in in December. They’ll also play in the Reno Elite “8” next weekend and will travel to the Lady Bulldog Classic in Las Vegas the week before Christmas.
A glut of games could be exactly what the Tigers need to get ready for the Sierra League schedule, which begins in January. Nine of the 12 Tigers will get their first Northern Nevada varsity experience this week.
“We play a lot of games in December and we’re going to use them all to see what we can do and what we can’t do,” Christen said. “We’re putting in a new man offense and we’re doing some things differently defensively, zone-wise. Basically, it’s a deal where we have 12 kids learning.
“We won’t have a lot of practice days in December. We’re going to have to learn things on the floor during games and in film study. This is a pretty intelligent group of kids. We ask them to do a lot and so far they have responded.”
Tuesday’ starting lineup included junior Andrea Honer at point guard, senior Tracy Kizer at the two guard, sophomores Tarrah Kizer and Emily Haas at the three and four positions and senior Lisa Doner at the five spot. Honer is the only returning starter. Tracy Kizer made the varsity squad last season, but played sparingly.
Christen said junior Lindsey Rollins, who played JV last year, and freshman Julie Gingrich will be early options off the bench.
“Last year, we built on what we had done the year before,” the coach said. “This year, we can’t do that. We have a different team. We used to be little and quick, now we’re big and quick. We’re going to have to utilize that height and quickness.
“The great thing is, no one expects us to do anything. There’s no pressure on us. We’re going to go out there, we’re going to fly around, we’re going to have some fun and we’ll see what happens.”