Girls basketball loses to Wooster | RecordCourier.com

Girls basketball loses to Wooster

Donnie Nelson

The shots are supposed to fall on your home court.

But, they didn’t for the Douglas High School girls basketball team Tuesday in a tough 50-47 loss to Wooster.

The Tigers opened the regular season by missing nearly two-thirds of their attempts from the field and more than half of their attempts from the foul line. Despite the cold hands, the Tigers took a 32-30 lead into the fourth quarter.

Meghan Hackstaff wouldn’t let the Tigers hand on to the lead, however, as the Wooster point guard scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the final seven minutes. Hackstaff spearheaded an 11-2 run over a three-minute span as the Colts busted open a 48-39 lead and never looked back.

Hackstaff put back an offensive rebound for a basket to tie the game at 34-all with 6:40 remaining in the game. She then drilled a three-pointer from the right wing to give Wooster the lead with 6:06 left. After Jenny Smokey hit 1-of-2 free throws and made a jumper from the foul line to tie the game with 5:28 left, Hackstaff jump started Wooster’s big run with a nice assist inside on a Brie Ellis basket.

The play of the game came with about three minutes left when Hackstaff, with her team leading 41-39, drove the lane, created a double team and dumped off a nifty pass to Ellis, who converted from the left side of the lane. Hackstaff capped the run with a three-pointer from the right wing and two free throws with 2:00 left.

Douglas rallied, however, and pulled within one point when Brooke Kizer scored inside off a pass from Tomasa Kizer with 10 seconds left. Eventually, Hackstaff made one free throw, after the first of a bonus opportunity was taken away from her on a teammates’ lane violation, to give Wooster a 50-47 lead with six seconds left.

Douglas had time for one last shot, but Tomasa Kizer’s attempt from the right wing hit the front of the rim. The shot, however, would not have mattered since she came to a jump stop and went up just inside the three-point arc.

Douglas took great care of the ball in the second half, committing just four turnovers (only nine for the game). It forced Wooster into 13 turnovers in the second half, 20 for the game, but the Colts made 7-of-9 attempts from the field in the fourth quarter while Douglas made only 12-of-32 attempts from the field in the second half.

Douglas led 7-6 after the first quarter despite shooting 2-for-11 from the field.

Erica Vrtiska made three baskets, all on drives in the key, in the opening three minutes of the second quarter as Wooster surged to a 12-7 lead.

Douglas went on a 12-3 run over a 3:37 span in the middle of the quarter to take a 19-15 lead. Tomasa Kizer scored twice on layups, one on a nice give-and-go with Contri in transition and one off a steal at midcourt, and Contri scored twice on pull-up jumpers. Brooke Kizer started the run with a basket inside off a pass from Stephanie Combes and Smokey put back an offensive rebound for a basket in the middle of the run.

Douglas committed just one turnover in the second quarter.

The third quarter was full of runs.

Brea Kraus scored inside off passes from Amanda Belding and Hackstaff on Wooster’s first two possessions for a 23-19 lead, but Douglas answered with a 10-0 run. Contri started and ended the run with a layup, the last off a nice interior pass from Combes, and Jessica Granat scored two baskets inside. Smokey had the other basket, a jumper from the top off a pass from Contri.

Contri paced the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-15 shooting, 2-for-6 shooting from behind the arc. The Tigers shot just 33.9 percent from the field (20-for-59) and 7-for-16 from the foul line while the Colts shot 47.8 percent (20-for-42) from the field and 8-for-14 from the foul line.

Douglas is scheduled to play host to Carson on Tuesday.

Statistics: Douglas came up with 11 steals (Tomasa Kizer had four) while Wooster came up with only two…Douglas had a 9-7 advantage in assists (Combes had three)…Wooster had a 32-30 advantage on the boards (14-9 on the offensive boards).