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Girls basketball: Douglas holds on against McQueen

by Joey Crandall

In a game that the Douglas High girls’ basketball team spent the majority of being in control, it got close in a hurry.

Douglas led McQueen by about 10 points throughout, but the Lancers pulled back into it in the last minute, forcing the Tigers to hold on for a 49-48 win in Reno Thursday night.

“It was a bizarre game,” Douglas head coach Werner Christen said. “I don’t know if this is possible, but that may have been the most comfortable one-point win I’ve ever had.”

The Tigers were up by eight with a little over a minute left, but converted on only one of eight free throw attempts to close out the game while McQueen finished with a late rally.

Douglas’ two top scorers, Erin Brinkmeyer and Brittany Puzey, each got into foul trouble early, but senior point guard Tammy Gough stepped in and led the team with 16 points in the game.

“Tammy carried us,” Christen said. “She just took over and scored a majority of those points in the first half.”

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Center Monica Knight continued her strong season with another dominating performance on the boards and Felicia Imelli turned in a solid all-around performance for the Tigers.

All 11 of the Tigers’ active players got into the game in the first half, getting some quality pressure minutes. Autumn Burtt and Katie Ezell each had solid great games in reserve roles, Christen said.

“Katie is one of our newer post players, and she has earned some quality playing time with her play in practice,” Christen said. “She’s making the most of that with the time she gets during the games.”

Douglas travels to Spanish Springs for a 5 p.m. game Tuesday and then gets some time off before traveling to Las Vegas for the Bulldog Classic Dec. 27. The Tigers are now 7-2 on the year.

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The Douglas girls put up a 22-18 victory, overcoming a scoreless fourth quarter with good team defense.

Jammi Henry came off the bench to lead the team with eight points and Allie Hughes added four points. Hughes and Michelle Richardson each had good games on the defense for the Tigers.

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