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Lady Tigers drop league opener

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas High girls’ basketball team started out looking fine, but fell victim to another second-half slump Thursday night in its Sierra League opener at Damonte Ranch.

The Tigers entered the third quarter trailing by just three points, but went nearly seven minutes without a field goal, which gave Damonte just enough room to pull out a 44-40 victory.

Damonte Ranch built a 44-35 lead while Douglas ran cold, but Kayla Horse hit a jumper just inside the 3-point line with 1:20 left in the game to spark the Tigers.

Douglas then got a basket from Jessica Waggoner to close the lead to five and Monica Knight hit a late free throw to bring the Tigers within four.

Douglas held Damonte without any points through the last two minutes, but couldn’t get any closer.

Knight led the Tigers with 10 points, Kayla Horse added eight, Allie Hughes had six and Waggoner added five points.

Former Tiger starter Colleen Carlson scored 10 points for Damonte Ranch in the win.

Douglas came out playing extremely well, building a quick 7-0 lead on baskets by Lisa Christen, Knight and Autumn Burtt. Bridget Maestretti added a free throw to round out the early run.

Douglas began finding itself from the outside Thursday night as well, with Hughes and Horse each hitting two 3-pointers, and Maestretti hitting one.

Waggoner hit a nice elbow shot with 32 seconds left in the third quarter to tie the game up at 33 but that was as close as the Tigers would get for the rest of the game as Damonte came back down the floor and hit a 3-pointer.

n Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.