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Girls’ Basketball: Spanish Springs escapes with win over Douglas

by Joey Crandall

After leading for the majority of the game Tuesday night, the Douglas girls’ basketball team fell in the closing minute to Spanish Springs in a 49-48 thriller.

The Tigers missed four free throws in the final minute while the Cougars did just enough to sneak away with the win.

“We just didn’t do enough of the little things right and it came back to get us,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “The girls are just devastated. It’s getting to that point of the year where you either win or you start dismissing the playoffs.

“We have to fight through it and give Carson a good game Friday.”

Douglas led 38-31 heading into the final quarter but surrendered three 3-pointers that allowed the Cougars to close the gap.

Tia Lyons made a layup with 2:36 to give the Tigers a 48-44 lead, but that would prove to be Douglas’ final points of the evening. Spanish Springs got a field goal off an offensive rebound with 30 seconds left to cut the score to 48-47.

They went ahead with another layup with 16 seconds left to go ahead. From there, the Cougars held on for the win.

The loss dropped Douglas to 2-9 in Sierra League play with a crucial league matchup at home against Carson looming on Friday. They’ll face Reno and Manogue next week and wrap up the regular season at Galena and at Damonte Ranch the following week.