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Girls set sights on another playoff run

by Dave Price, Staff Writer

Ah, the memories still linger for the Douglas High School girls basketball team and its run that nearly netted a championship last February at the NIAA/U.S. Bank 4A State Tournament.

The Tigers posted a 26-6 record, won their first Northern 4A Regional Tournament championship and qualified for their state tournament since 1983. Finally, they advanced to the state championship game before losing 76-74 in double overtime to undefeated Centennial of Las Vegas.

There are many new faces now, but don’t count the Tigers out in their bid to return to the postseason or even to contend for a title.

“We’re young and I don’t think there’s a lot of people out there who expect us to have the success that we had last year,” said Werner Christen, who returns for his fifth season as head coach of the Douglas girls program. “We lost five people who were very good, both on and off the court.”

The seniors who graduated include Sierra League Player of the Year Andrea Honer, who has made the squad at TCU as a freshman this season; defensive catalyst Amber Gwinn, who played soccer this fall for Lassen College in Susanville, Calif. (see related story on page 2); Lindsey Rollins, who has gone to Fresno State to play softball; Lindsay Knox and Mallory Moore.

Even with seven sophomores on the roster, the cupboard is far from bare for the Tigers, who begin a new season at home Tuesday with a non-league game against Reed.

Emily Haas, a 5-foot-11 post player, earned second-team All-Region honors and first-team all-league honors last year. She has also been nominated to play in the 2003 McDonald’s All-Star Classic Basketball Game.

“Emily is going to be our go-to,” Christen said. “We will have others, too, but Emily is the one people are going to key on. She’s pretty good and she’s real excited about playing this year.”

Junior Julie Gingrich and sophomore Erin Brinkmeyer were also honorable mention all-league selections last season. Gingrich scored 15 points for the Tigers in the state championship game against Centennial.