Douglas girls win 5 of 6 in Las Vegas |

Douglas girls win 5 of 6 in Las Vegas

by Chuck Smock

Thanks to a 5-1 performance last week at the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic at Centennial High in Las Vegas, the Tigers improved their record to 12-3 overall. They are also 2-0 in Sierra League play.

Douglas won its final three games a year ago to finish at 11-16 overall and 4-6 in league play.

The Tigers defeated all five Southern Nevada teams they faced in the tournament. And they may have saved their best performance for the final game, when they pounded Green Valley, the No. 2 team in the state according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, 48-27.

Emily Haas scored 12 points to pace the Tigers. Haas led the Tigers in scoring in each of their five victories and was the lone Douglas player named to the all-tournament team.

Andrea Honer added 10 points and dished out six assists. Erin Brinkmeyer finished with eight points against the Gators.

Douglas jumped out to an 18-2 lead, but let Green Valley back in the game during a sloppy stretch late in the second quarter. The Tigers responded with an 11-0 run that consumed the entire third quarter.

“We played three minutes of very bad basketball,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We challenged them at half-time and they responded by shutting them out. I think they sort of like it when we yell at them a little bit.”

On Friday night, the Tigers pulled out a 57-45 win over Bonanza. Haas scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

Christen said his team had a hard time getting into the flow of the game against Bonanza because the officials apparently liked to hear the sounds of their own whistles. Honer, a four-year varsity player, fouled out of the first game of her DHS career, and four of her five fouls were questionable, according to Christen.

The Tigers trailed 3-2 early, but used a 12-0 run to build an 11-point lead by the second quarter.

Bonanza stayed in the game by making 21 of 27 free-throw attempts. Douglas was just five of 18 from the line.

“We maintained a nine- or 10-point lead most of the way, but it was one of those games where you never felt comfortable.” Christen said.

The Tigers also defeated Western, Cimarron-Memorial and Basic high schools in Las Vegas. Their lone setback came against California’s Antelope Valley High.

Douglas won’t play again until Tuesday, when the Tigers take their 2-0 Sierra League record into a road showdown with rival Carson.

And that means the Tigers and their coaches will have more than one week of practice time to build on their success at the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic.

“It was a very strong tournament,” Christen said. “It was the best since I’ve been going down there for the last five six years.

“We were hoping to see a lot of Vegas schools and we did. We had coaches come up all week and tell us they were impressed with how hard our kids played.

“It was a fantastic trip, on and off the floor. We had a good time and we played real well.”