Reno girls too much for Douglas
Reno High stands as the defending Division I state girls basketball champion, and based on results so far this season, the Huskies appear to be a solid contender to earn a repeat.
Just ask the Douglas Tigers, who had a first-hand view Tuesday night when Reno girls led start to finish en route to a 55-30 win at Randy Green Court.
“They’re the No. 1 team for a reason,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “They’re big, athletic, smart and well-coached.”
Reno (13-1, 2-1) — winner of the Las Vegas Holiday Classic championship, highlighted by a 56-39 win over Southern California power West Torrance — is listed No. 1 in Nevada by MaxPreps.com and No. 64 nationally. Reno’s only loss came on Dec. 19 by a 50-47 score at home against Reed.
In this game, the Huskies were very businesslike as they led 16-7 after one quarter and 38-13 at halftime. Christen didn’t feel the Tigers played to their potential in the first half.
“We did so many things that were uncharacteristic of the way we play,” he said. “We stopped moving and just never got into a good operational zone offensively.”
The Tigers returned from the locker room and played the Huskies even in the second half — 8-8 in the third quarter and 9-9 in the fourth. Reno was scoreless for more than half the third quarter before hitting a free throw with 3:46 showing on the clock. The Huskies went without a field goal until Shalen Shaw scored on a fast break with 1:09 left in the third quarter.
Shaw, a 6-foot senior guard, and 6-4 sophomore post Mallory McGwire scored 13 points each while 6-1 senior Morgan McGwire added 10 points to lead the Huskies. Mallory McGwire also blocked 6 shots.
Corryne Millett scored 8 points to lead the Tigers offensively. Katie McCullough also scored 6 while McKenna Kynett had 6, including a 3-pointer.
Douglas (11-5, 4-1) travels to Reno tonight for a contest against Sierra League rival Bishop Manogue. The game shapes up as an important one, according to Christen.
“Manogue is going to be a real good challenge,” the coach said. “They’re a quick team that shoots well and they always play well at home.
“But we’re 4-1 in league now,” he added. “If you had told us before the season we’d be 4-1 at this point, we would gladly have taken it.”