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Douglas girls basketball team closes book on 22-6 season

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Despite coming out of the short end of a 61-28 score last Friday against Reno in the Northern Division I Region Tournament semifinals, the Douglas High girls basketball team closed the book on one of its winningest seasons in program history.

The Tigers finished with a 22-6 overall record and 13-3 mark for second-place in the Sierra League. That matched the 22-8 record Douglas logged during the 2004-05 season, the last time it appeared in the region tournament semifinals.

This also marked the end of four varsity seasons for senior Corryne Millett, in addition to three varsity seasons for Leonna Mortimer and Mandy Weaver. Shayla Gransbery, the fourth senior on the team's roster, played as a junior and senior.

The Tigers' girls have compiled a 54-31 record over the past three seasons. In his 18 seasons as head coach of the Douglas program, Werner Christen has compiled a 281-209 record.

Two-time defending state champion Reno was simply too much to handle Friday at Carson High School, as the Huskies pulled away thanks to a 27-9 outburst in the third quarter. The Tigers were hindered by 23 turnovers, 15 of which came in the first half, and a cold-shooting night in which they converted 4 of 15 free throws.

Mortimer, Millett and Maddy Lowe scored eight points each to account for 24 of the Tigers' 28 points. Mortimer knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds. Millett also had eight rebounds.

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On Saturday, the Manogue Miners went on an 18-5 tear in the last 4-plus minutes of the third quarter and the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter en route to a 57-46 win over Reno in the regional championship game at Morse Burley Gymnasium.

The win sends the Miners into the state tournament Thursday against Sunset Region champion Centennial (29-2) at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Reno was unable to handle Manogue's full-court pressure, and although Mallory McGwire scored 17 points, she was never a factor in the game.

Reno, trailing 30-24 at the half, cut the gap to 33-29 with 4:59 left in the third quarter. Manogue, thanks to two buckets by Tawni Henderson and a 3-pointer by Malia Holt, went on a 14-5 tear to end the quarter with a 47-34 lead.

Manogue stretched the lead to 51-34 with two free throws by Katie Turner and a basket by Breezi Holt (13 points).

NIAA STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

DIVISION I

Boys

Thursday: Canyon Springs vs. Palo Verde, 4:40 p.m.; Bishop Gorman vs. Galena, 8 p.m., Orleans Arena

Friday: Championship game, 8:10 p.m., Orleans Arena

Girls

Thursday: Liberty vs. Bishop Gorman, 3 p.m.; Centennial vs. Bishop Manogue/Foothill, 6:20 p.m., Orleans Arena

Friday: Championship game, 6:10 p.m., Orleans Arena

DIVISION I-A

Boys

Friday: Elko vs. Desert Pines, 4:40 p.m.; Clark vs. Lowry, 8 p.m., Silverado High School

Saturday: Championship game, 4:30 p.m., Orleans Arena

Girls

Friday: Lowry vs. Faith Lutheran, 3 p.m.; Elko vs. Spring Valley, 6:20 p.m., Silverado High School

Saturday: Championship game, 2:40 p.m., Orleans Arena

DIVISION III

Boys

Friday: Yerington vs. The Meadows, 4:40 p.m.; Incline vs. Agassi Prep, 8 p.m., Sunrise Mountain.

Saturday: Championship game, 8:10 p.m., Orleans Arena

Girls

Friday: Pershing County vs. Needles, 3 p.m.; White Pine vs. Incline, 6:20 p.m., Sunrise Mountain High School

Saturday: Championship game, 6:20 p.m., Orleans Arena

DIVISION IV

Boys

Friday: Virginia City vs. Pahranagat Valley, 12:45 p.m.; Whittell vs. Spring Mountain, 4:15 p.m., Orleans Arena

Saturday: Championship game: 12:50 p.m., Orleans Arena

Girls

Friday: Smith Valley vs. Round Mountain, 11 a.m., Pyramid Lake vs. Pahranagat Valley, 2:30 p.m., Orleans Arena

Saturday: Championship game, 11 a.m., Orleans Arena