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Douglas' Kaycee Battcher puts a shot up against Fallon Saturday at Douglas High.
Brad Coman |

The Douglas High girls basketball team will face a couple of preseason playoff quizzes this weekend when they face off against two opponents that traditionally rank among the North’s best.

For starters, Douglas (1-5 overall, 0-2 league) visits Reed tonight for a 5:15 p.m. Northern Division I crossover contest. The Tigers will be back at home on Saturday to play undefeated Reno at 11:45 a.m. in a a rematch of the 2015 region tournament semifinals, which the Huskies won, 61-28.

The Tigers are coming off a 65-54 loss at home last Saturday against undefeated Fallon.

Reed (1-1), the High Desert League runner-up and region tournament semifinalist last season, has two returning all-league players: Serene Townsell-Williams and sophomore Taylor Johnson.

Reno pushed its season record to 8-0 last weekend by winning the Rocklin Thunder Tournament (Rocklin, Calif.). The Huskies have four returning starters, including 6-foot-4 senior and University of Oregon commit Mallory McGwire, from a team that went 25-4 last season. McGwire, the two-time Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year, is joined in the lineup by returning first-team all-region guards Daranda Hinkey and Mikayla Shults.

Reno coach Shane Foster’s record since 2006-07 is 240-39 with five region tournament titles and back-to-back state titles in 2013-14.

Maddy Lowe leads the Tigers with a 13.7 point average, including a 25-point effort against Fallon.

Douglas is entered in the 64-team Southern California Holiday Prep Classic Dec. 26-30 in San Diego. The Tigers are entered in the “NAIA” bracket, with a 6:30 p.m. game on Dec. 26 against El Camino (Oceanside, Calif.), followed by a 6:30 p.m. game on Dec. 28 against Del Norte (San Diego) and a 2 p.m. game on Dec. 29 against Mira Mesa (San Diego).