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Hug Hawks escape with win over DHS

by Chuck Smock

The shooting woes continued for the Douglas girls in their Sierra League matchup with the Hug Hawks on Tuesday at DHS.

The Tigers made only 31 percent (17 of 54) of their field goal attempts against the Hawks, but still had a chance to win the game with a 3-point shot at the buzzer. The last shot -like 36 others in the contest – didn’t find the net, though, allowing Hug to escape with a 44-42 victory.

“Saying we haven’t been shooting the ball very well is being kind,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “There’s a difference between not shooting the ball well and missing layups. We were missing layups. We missed four or five layups in the fourth quarter alone.

“We work on it (shooting) and we talk about it. I’m almost beginning to wonder if we shouldn’t treat it like a (baseball) team that’s in a batting slump that skips batting practice.”

Despite the Tigers’ problems on offense, which included making just six field goals and shooting 26 percent combined in the second and third quarters, Douglas put itself in position to win the game with a solid defensive effort in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers limited the Hawks to four points over the final eight minutes and scored 13 points of their own. Andrea Honer made two of her five steals in the period and Lisa Doner grabbed four of her team-high seven rebounds in the quarter as Hug made just two of 12 shots from the floor.

“We had a nice fourth quarter defensively,” Christen said Tuesday. “We picked it up, but it seems like we only play hard when we have to. Then, like tonight, it’s too late. If we play that hard early, and make our shots and be strong with the ball”

Shooting the ball wasn’t the only problem for the Tigers against the Hawks. Douglas turned the ball over 19 times and Hug was credited with only two steals. The Hawks also owned a 36-25 advantage in rebounds.

“You’re not going to win any game with 19 turnovers. It’s not going to happen,” the coach said. “And they absolutely killed us on the boards. Probably 10 of their rebounds were offensive rebounds.”

Douglas obviously missed leading scorer and rebounder Emily Haas on Tuesday. Haas broke bones in both wrists Saturday when she ran into a wall after diving for a loose ball in the Tigers non-league game at McQueen. She’ll be out four to six weeks. The Tigers’ last regular-season game is scheduled for Feb. 9 at Wooster.

The Tigers hoped to regroup in time for their Friday night game at Carson. Both the Tigers and the Senators entered that game with 0-2 records in Sierra League play.

“This wasn’t a must-win, but it was an important game,” Christen said of the loss to Hug. “We’re down 0-2 on our home court now. We’re going to have to rise to the occasion and win a couple on the road.

“It’s very frustrating. We’re going to keep working hard and try to fight through this. Something good has to happen to us.”

Lisa Doner led the Tigers with 10 points against Hug. Tarrah Kizer scored seven points, Julie Gingrich added six points and Mallory Moore and Lindsey Rollins each scored five.