Panthers benefit from ‘Passion’ in win over Douglas |

Panthers benefit from ‘Passion’ in win over Douglas

North Valleys played with Passion on Tuesday night.

Passion Burrell, that is, scored a game-high 24 points for the North Valleys girls basketball team in its 51-38 victory at Douglas during a season-opening Northern Division I crossover contest.

Burrell, a 5-foot-10 senior guard, scored 11 of those points in the third quarter to help North Valleys take control of the contest. The Panthers outscored Douglas 18-6 in the third quarter to stretch a 22-19 lead to 40-25. Burrell scored seven points in the final 2:11 of the quarter.

The two teams were tied 8-8 at the end of one quarter.

This was a rematch between teams that met on the same court in the 2015 region tournament quarterfinals. Douglas won that game, 51-49.

This time, Douglas fielded a starting lineup with four freshmen. The frosh quartet included guard Janae Blue Horse, who led the Tigers offensively with 11 points.

Blue Horse scored eight points in the second quarter to help the Tigers stay within three points on the scoreboard. She buried a 3-pointer early in the quarter, assisted by Genevieve Stodieck-Deyer, then added another 3-pointer, this time assisted by Maddy Lowe.

Lowe finished with seven points, including a 5-for-7 effort at the free throw line. Blue Horse also shot 3-for-4, however, the Tigers were only 12-for-25 from the line as a team.

The Tigers return to action tonight at 6 p.m. against Bella Vista (Fair Oaks, Calif.) at Spanish Springs High School as part of the High Sierra Classic. The Tigers also face Lowry at 1 p.m. Saturday at Spanish Springs. The Tigers opened in the tournament on Thursday with a game against Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas), the Division I-A state tournament runner-up last season.