Lowe has a night for Tigers in win
Maddy Lowe came off the bench Friday to score a career-high 17 points to help the Douglas High girls basketball team secure a 52-32 homecoming victory against Wooster. And before leaving the court, she was crowned sophomore class princess as part of the school’s homecoming festivities.
Talk about having a night to remember.
“It was very eventful … really exciting,” Lowe said.
The night became even more exciting after the Tigers embarked on an 11-0 run to take the lead for good at the end the first half.
“We had a slow start,” Lowe said. “We were really nervous. It was senior night, it was homecoming and everything. We were just focusing on getting back in the game. Once we calmed down, we were OK.”
The two teams were tied at 14 after one quarter and Wooster led 19-14 with 4:46 left before halftime.
Interestingly enough, the Colts only managed to score 19 points for the entire game when they hosted Douglas on Jan. 3. Douglas won that game, 60-19.
“Give them credit,” coach Werner Christen said. “They watched film and made some adjustments, and they outplayed us early. The key was, we never panicked. We’ve been playing too well to panic.”
The Tigers began their game-turning run when McKenna Kynett converted a takeaway into a breakaway layup. Lowe followed with a pair of free throws and then scored on a breakaway layup, assisted by Kynett, to put the Tigers on top 20-19 with 1:03 left in the period. Moments later, Katie McCullough came up with a steal on the defensive end and fed Kynett for a layup. Jessie Jim capped off the run when she buried a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the left wing, assisted by McCullough.
In addition to her 17 points, Lowe played a solid floor game offensively and defensively.
“Maddy brings us so much coming off the bench,” Christen said of Lowe. “She’s so aggressive, she really attacks the basket. And we can put her in any one of four spots — she can play the 1, 2, 3 and 5 (positions) — and we don’t miss a beat.”
Leonna Mortimer added 12 points, while Kynett and Jim had 8 each for the Tigers.
Sophomore guard Tabbatha Reyes led Wooster (2-16, 0-10) with 14 points, 10 of which came in the first half, while Tara Garcia added 13.
The win boosted Douglas to 15-6 overall, 8-2 in league, coming into its home game Tuesday against North Valleys (the result was unavailable at press time). The Tigers were second in the Sierra League standings, one game behind Bishop Manogue.
“We have the playoffs coming up,” Lowe said. “I’m just excited about this team and to see how far we can take it.”