Girls basketball: Douglas beats Manogue | RecordCourier.com

Girls basketball: Douglas beats Manogue

by Joey Crandall

It took a little while for them to get going Tuesday night, but once they did, the Douglas Tigers girls basketball team was just fine.

The Lady Tigers rode the hot hand of senior forward Brittany Puzey through the first half, and then cruised through the second half to a 62-43 win over Manogue in South Reno.

Puzey had 14 of her 25 points, and two of her three 3-pointers in the first half to lead Douglas and Erin Brinkmeyer added 16 points, 14 of which came in the second half, to lead the Tigers to the win.

“We actually did a pretty good job in the second half of getting that one extra pass and finding who was open,” Douglas head coach Werner Christen said. “The first half, though, was probably the worst we have played all year. It was definitely the tale of two halves tonight.”

Manogue led 16-11 after the first quarter took a slim 29-28 lead into halftime.

“We were calm at halftime,” Christen said. “We made some adjustments and went out in the second half and executed like we needed to.”

Manogue opened the third quarter with a quick bucket, but the Tigers’ Bridget Maestretti took a nice bounce pass from Tammy Gough inside for a layup to bring Douglas back within one. Gough caused Manogue to turn the ball back over on the way down the court, and Maestretti hit Puzey for the basket and the lead.

The Miners’ Katie McCarthy hit two free throw shots to pull Manogue back out in front, but Douglas went on a 10-2 run, highlighted by a Brinkmeyer 3-pointer just seconds before the buzzer.

“Our adjustments were basically just getting a couple more feet out in the lane on defense and we were able to do that effectively in the third quarter,” Christen said.

Douglas took control in the fourth as Monica Knight took a behind the back pass from Puzey for a layup and Brinkmeyer followed with a steal and a layup. All told, the Tigers outscored the Miners 34-14 in the second half and 20-8 in the fourth quarter.

Knight had a breakout game, scoring 10 points and turning in a solid performance on defense and underneath the boards.

Maestretti, a freshman, also continued to show marked development, scoring five points and making some big passes for the Tigers.

“Monica did some great things tonight,” Christen said. “Bridget has been steady all year. I thought her first real varsity test was against Reed Saturday night and she passed that with flying colors. She had a great second half as well tonight.”

Tammy Gough put up nine points and Autumn Burtt had two to round out the scoring for the Tigers. Katie Ezell had a nice assist on a Brinkmeyer basket late in the game as well.

DOUGLAS 62, MANOGUE 43

(at Manogue)

Douglas 11 17 14 20 — 62

Manogue 16 13 6 8 — 43

DOUGLAS (6-2)

Puzey 9 4-7 25, Burtt 1 0-0 2, Gough 1 2-2 4, Maestretti 2 1-4 5, Knight 4 2-5 10, Brinkmeyer 7 1-1 16. Totals — 24 10-19 62. Total fouls — 18. 3-pointers — Puzey 3, Brinkmeyer 1. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.

MANOGUE

Beck 2 1-2 6, Klein 1 0-0 2, Pace 0 1-2 1, Stock 1 1-2 3, Carano 3 0-2 6, Sylvester 7 0-5 14, Flochini 1 1-2 3, Kernan 1 1-3 3, McCarthy 1 3-5 5. Totals — 17 8-22 43. 3-pointers — Beck 1. Total fouls — 16. Fouled out — None. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None.

JV

Manogue defeated Douglas 42-35 at Manogue Tuesday night.

Douglas trailed 13-0 at one point and was down 26-11 early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers clawed their way back into the game and cut the lead to two with a 17-4 run.

Manogue led 30-28 with three minutes left but the Miners were able to pull back out with some late baskets.

FRESHMEN

Douglas defeated South Tahoe 62-7 Friday, even after taking the press off after the first quarter.

The Tigers got balanced scoring with Nicole Didero putting up 11 points and Michelle Richardson chipping in 10 to lead the team. Jammi Henry added eight points for the Tigers. Twelve out of 13 players on the Douglas roster scored in the game.

The Tigers beat Manogue 37-22 Tuesday night getting eight points each from Michelle Richardson and Gina Pfaffenberger and seven points from Nicole Didero.

Jamie Greer also had two big shots for the Tigers.

Douglas is now 6-1 on the season.

— Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.