Girls’ Basketball: Tigers fall at Wooster
Just when the Douglas girls’ basketball team seemed to have turned a corner on its season, the Lady Tigers hit a major bump in the road.
Douglas picked up a crucial league win at home against Damonte Ranch Friday night, but turned around and suffered a momentum-crushing 53-42 defeat at Wooster Saturday.
“I don’t know what happened between Friday and tonight, but this was the worst game we have played this year,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “Wooster just went out there and beat us.
“They had a gameplan for us and they executed it. We didn’t take care of the ball, we didn’t take good shots and we didn’t get out and run.
“We hit a big bump in the road.”
Douglas kept things close through the first half as Wooster carried a 26-21 lead into the locker rooms.
The Tigers outscored the Colts 13-11 in the third quarter to cut the score to 37-34, but Wooster put the game away with a 16-8 fourth quarter.
Tia Lyons led the Tigers with 12 points. Carly McCullough had seven, Alex Laing had six, Bri Burnside and Holly Downer each had five, Diana Regalado had three and Amanda Wartgow and Erica Macias each had two.
Douglas had been on an upswing over its previous three games, beating Hug and Damonte Ranch and leading Sierra League power Galena for over a half before eventually losing.
With the top three playoffs spots in the Sierra League essentially set (Manogue and Galena will battle for the league title and Carson entrenched rather solidly at No. 3), the Lady Tigers are in a battle for the No. 4 spot with Damonte and Wooster.
All three entered this week with two wins apiece in league play.
Wooster’s win on Saturday gave the Colts a season sweep of the Tigers and a clean tiebreaker, should it come to it, for the fourth position.
Douglas still has tough crossover matchups with Spanish Springs and Reno left on it schedule along with road dates at Galena and Damonte Ranch. Manogue and Carson still have to make the trip to Minden.
“We have to try to step up and surprise some people, beat some people that we couldn’t beat the first time around, if we are going to extend our season,” Christen said. “We have to keep our heads up and keep working hard.
“If we can keep learning and keep getting better, we can make that happen.”
Douglas dropped to 2-8 in league play and 7-14 overall with the loss to Wooster.