Tigers’ girls run to wins
January 7, 2014
Leonna Mortimer, Katie McCullough and McKenna Kynett combined to ignite a 21-0 run to start the third quarter Saturday and the Douglas High girls basketball team went on to a 60-31 non-league victory against Fallon.
Coupled with a 55-14 Sierra League win at Wooster on Friday, the Douglas girls boosted their overall record to 11-4, 4-0 in league.
Against Fallon, everything went right for the Tigers at Randy Green Court during a four-and-a-half minute stretch in the third quarter when they extended their 24-19 halftime lead to 45-19.
"Our halftime talk was short and sweet," Douglas coach Werner Christen said. "Their big people were active and had scored 8 or 10 points off second shots in the first half, so we figured if we could take care of rebounding and if we could get three stops right off the bat, we would be in good shape."
The Tigers exceeded those expectations by converting eight layups without a miss. Mortimer had 10 points, McCullough had 6 points and 2 assists and Kynett dished out four assists during the outburst.
Kynett got the ball rolling when she split the Greenwave defense with an inside pass to Mortimer for a layup. Moments later, Jessie Jim dished off to McCullough on a fast break and McCullough fed Mortimer for two more scores that gave the Tigers eight points within a span of 67 seconds. Mortimer also scored the next two baskets, both off assists from Kynett. Kelly Sonnemann buried a 3-pointer and Jim scored on another layup as the Tigers ran their lead to 45-19 with 3:35 left in the third period.
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Mortimer finished with a game-high 18 points and McCullough 16. Jim added 9, including one 3-pointer.
Meg McCormick led Fallon (4-7, 2-1) with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
"That's a very well coached team," said Greenwave coach Anne Smith, whose club posted a 48-41 win at Truckee on Friday. "They made adjustments and we didn't. In the first half, we took good shots offensively and did a better job of rebounding and getting second shots. But in the third quarter, we had too many turnovers."
Douglas was coming off a 55-14 Sierra League win at Wooster the night before.
The Tigers surged to a 16-2 first quarter lead and never looked back on a night when Wooster only managed to convert five field goals.
"I don't care who we were playing, that's the best we've played in a long time," Christen said. "All 11 played well. It was just a nice team win."
"We just talked about playing hard and not taking our foot off the pedal, and that's exactly what they did," Christen said. "Nothing spectacular, we just did the little things right."
The Tigers were improved in at least two areas from the Las Vegas Holiday Classic, where they shot only 41.6 percent from the free throw line and scored only 28 first-quarter points in five games. Against Wooster, they scored 16 points in the first quarter and shot 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the line — Maddy Lowe shot 8-for-10.
Jim led all scorers with 15 points for the Tigers. Kynett also scored 12, including a pair of 3-pointers.
"McKenna played an amazing game," Christen said of the sophomore point guard. "She looked for her shots and knocked them down, and she did a great job of pushing the ball up the court and then distributing it to her teammates."
Zoey Swisher's layup with 1:30 left was the difference for Fallon in its 34-32 win in a back-and-forth contest that saw three lead changes and four tie scores in the fourth quarter.
Genevieve Stodieck-Dreyer led Douglas (11-4) offensively with 9 points, 7 of which came in the final period. Kristyn Arvizo led all scorers for Fallon with 11 points and had a clutch rebound in the final minute. Swisher finished with 9 points, Paige Thorne 7 and Kalyn Huckaby had 6, including a putback that gave the Greenwave a 32-30 lead.
The game was a rematch from Dec. 27, when Fallon bested Douglas 36-26 during the State Farm Christmas Classic in Reno.