Millett sparks Douglas girls past Panthers
Corryne Millett scored a career-high 26 points Tuesday night to help spark the Douglas High girls basketball team to a season-opening 59-52 victory at North Valleys.
Millett, a 5-foot-11 senior post player, pulled down 13 rebounds and led an early run that put Douglas (1-0) on top early during the Northern Division I cross-over contest.
“We played extremely well the first four or five minutes, especially offensively,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “We wanted to create the tempo from the start and the kids did a good job of that.”
Douglas led 17-14 at the end of the first quarter, aided by Millett’s eight points. The Tigers extended their lead to 35-26 at halftime.
North Valleys (0-1) pulled to within five points in the fourth quarter, however, Millett converted a pair of free throws and the Tigers held on the rest of the way.
“Corryne got us going,” Christen said. “She rebounded well, she finished her shots and she was probably our best defensive player.”
Junior point guard McKenna Kynett was another key factor on offense for the Tigers.
“McKenna did a good job of pushing the ball up the floor and getting the ball to the right people,” Christen said.
Gina Peacock helped out the offensive effort, as the 5-8 junior came off the bench to score seven of her nine points in the first half.
Guards Karolina Perez and Sami Dinan scored nine points each to lead North Valleys offensively.
It was a nice start to the season for the Tigers, who return three starters (Millett, Kynett and Leonna Mortimer) plus their sixth player (Maddy Lowe) from last season.
“We have a lot of new players and there’s a lot of work still to be done,” Christen said. “But we’re going to be fun to watch this season.”
The Douglas girls play today at the Sierra Winter Challenge with a 6 p.m. game against Lassen (Susanville, Calif.) at Reno High School.