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Tigers sweep past Wooster

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James Herrick and Austin Evans combined to score 27 points Friday night for the Douglas High boys basketball team in its 54-38 homecoming win against Wooster.

Herrick scored 15 points, including a fast break dunk at the outset of the fourth quarter that gave Douglas (10-7 overall, 6-4 league) a 41-31 lead at Randy Green Court. Evans scored 12, including a trio of 3-pointers. Herrick also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Alex Tessmann added 8 points while Pat Johnson contributed 7 points to go with 6 assists.

Douglas led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter before Wooster rallied to pull within 39-31 at the end of the period.

Then it was showtime for the Tigers. And it all started on the defensive end when Patrick Johnson picked off a pass, took the ball down the right side and whipped a behind-the-back pass to the 6-foot-10 Herrick for the dunk. Evans knocked down a 3-pointer from the right wing, assisted by Sam Broersma, to make it 46-36. Another fast break resulted in Evans slapping the ball downcourt to Johnson, who took the ball in stride and fed Alex Tessmann for the breakaway layup. Moments later, Johnson split the defense with a pass to Tessmann underneath the basket for another layup. Then, Johnson and Tessmann collaborated on another takeaway that led to a Trey Maurer layup to extend the Tigers' lead to 52-36 with 3:50 remaining.

Earlier in the night, Maddy Lowe scored a career-high 17 points and helped spark an 11-0 run to end the first half that put the Douglas girls on track to a 52-32 victory against Wooster. Leonna Mortimer added 12 for the Tigers (15-6, 8-2).

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The two teams were tied at 14 after one quarter and Wooster led 19-14 with 4:46 left before halftime.

McKenna Kynett converted a takeaway into a breakaway layup to ignite the Tigers' run. 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.