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For Douglas girls, Las Vegas is bonding experience

Staff reports

The Douglas girls turned in a 3-2 record this week at the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic at Centennial High in Las Vegas.

And the Tigers were one missed free throw from going 4-1 at the tournament.

“It was a real good week,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We were a little sick, battling the flu, but the kids were superb. They played hard and they had a real good time. It was a good bonding experience.”

Douglas defeated Valley, Durango and Chaparral high schools during the four-day event that started Monday.

The Tigers lost to Granite Bay and Palo Verde.

Against Palo Verde, the Tigers drew a foul in the final seconds and made one of two free throws to tie the game. They forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass and had a chance to win the game in regulation, but an open 15-footer fell just short. Palo Verde prevailed in overtime.

Christen said all 12 of the Tigers made contributions at some point during the five games.

“We keep thinking we need to find a seven- or eight-player rotation, but it’s tough because everyone is out there playing hard,” he said. “Everyone did some good things (in the tournament).”

The Tigers will take a few well-deserved days off before getting back to practice on Wednesday. Douglas, which played 15 games in 24 days through the end of the Las Vegas tournament, will finish its preseason schedule with a home game against Whittell on Friday at 5:15 p.m.

The Tigers will then have a week to get ready for their Sierra League opener on Jan. 5 against Reno at DHS.

“We’re going to put a lot of new stuff in and we’re going to polish a lot of stuff we’ve been working on,” Christen said of the Tigers’ priorities during practice in the days leading up the Sierra League schedule.

“We’ve looked really good at times. We just have to find some consistency. We can fly around and look like a real good team, but sometimes we can look confused.

“When they give the effort, they’re a much better team than when they’re going through the motions.”The Douglas girls turned in a 3-2 record this week at the Lady Bulldog Holiday Classic at Centennial High in Las Vegas.

And the Tigers were one missed free throw from going 4-1 at the tournament.

“It was a real good week,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We were a little sick, battling the flu, but the kids were superb. They played hard and they had a real good time. It was a good bonding experience.”

Douglas defeated Valley, Durango and Chaparral high schools during the four-day event that started Monday.

The Tigers lost to Granite Bay and Palo Verde.

Against Palo Verde, the Tigers drew a foul in the final seconds and made one of two free throws to tie the game. They forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass and had a chance to win the game in regulation, but an open 15-footer fell just short. Palo Verde prevailed in overtime.

Christen said all 12 of the Tigers made contributions at some point during the five games.

“We keep thinking we need to find a seven- or eight-player rotation, but it’s tough because everyone is out there playing hard,” he said. “Everyone did some good things (in the tournament).”

The Tigers will take a few well-deserved days off before getting back to practice on Wednesday. Douglas, which played 15 games in 24 days through the end of the Las Vegas tournament, will finish its preseason schedule with a home game against Whittell on Friday at 5:15 p.m.

The Tigers will then have a week to get ready for their Sierra League opener on Jan. 5 against Reno at DHS.

“We’re going to put a lot of new stuff in and we’re going to polish a lot of stuff we’ve been working on,” Christen said of the Tigers’ priorities during practice in the days leading up the Sierra League schedule.

“We’ve looked really good at times. We just have to find some consistency. We can fly around and look like a real good team, but sometimes we can look confused.

“When they give the effort, they’re a much better team than when they’re going through the motions.”