Douglas girls go 1-1 over the weekend
The Douglas High girls basketball team was able to hang on to its perfect season record on Friday night with a 52-46 win at home against Reed. The Tigers saw their run end Saturday, however, when they dropped a 62-40 verdict at Reno.
Corryne Millett scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the first quarter as Douglas (3-1 league, 8-1 overall) took an early lead and then held on to defeat Reed in the Northern Division I cross-over game at Randy Green Court.
Maddy Lowe also scored 14 points while Leonna Mortimer contributed a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Douglas.
“When we played good, we really played good,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “This was a tough week for the kids. This was finals week, so that was tough, and some of them have been down with the flu. But we also did some uncharacteristic things out there tonight. We just need to play better, and we will.”
The Tigers led 16-9 after one quarter. Gina Peacock sank a 3-pointer, assisted by Millett, to extend the lead to 38-24 midway through the third quarter. Then, after Reed pulled back to within 38-28, Mandy Weaver came up with a steal and dished off to Lowe for what turned into a three-point play to make it 41-28 at the end of the quarter.
Reed (1-2 league, 2-3 overall) rallied to cut the gap to 50-46 after Taylor Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 1:32 to go and Nakiyah LeSure scored on an inside shot with 41 seconds left. The Raiders had two opportunities to pull even closer inside the final 25 seconds, however, McKenna Kynett intercepted one pass and Millett came up with a takeaway to close out the win for Douglas.
“You have to give Reed credit,” Christen said. “They could have quit when they got down by 15 points, but they came back.”
Aneesa Mwakapumba led the Raiders with 13 points. LeSure, a 6-foot senior, added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“LeSure is a real good player,” Christen said, “We needed to contain her and Corryne did a good job.”
Douglas plays this weekend in the San Diego area at the Southern California Holiday Prep Classic. The Tigers are entered in the “NCAA Division” and scheduled to play three California teams starting Friday with an 8 p.m. game against Folsom (7-2) at Francis Parker High School. They face Ramona (5-5) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Valhalla High School and then take on Olympian (4-3) on Monday at 5 p.m. at Mount Miguel High School.
A total of 71 teams from Nevada, California, Texas, Kentucky, Arizona, Washington and Canada are playing in the tournament.
RENO 62, DOUGLAS 40
Two-time defending Division I state champion Reno (4-0, 8-0) used a 19-7 run through the third quarter to pull away in a showdown between undefeated teams.
Reno led 15-8 at the end of one quarter and extended its advantage to 32-24 at halftime.
Six-foot-4 junior post player Mallory McGwire scored 16 points to lead the Huskies.
Mortimer scored 13 points for Douglas.