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Reno drops Douglas boys, girls

by Joey Crandall

An early 12-3 swing launched the Reno Huskies past the Douglas boys’ basketball team 86-67 Friday night in Minden

Reno had built an early 20-13 lead, but a 3-pointer from Austin Morgan, followed by a Douglas turnover, followed by a 3-pointer from Casey Brown sparked the run the boosted the Huskies.

After Brown’s shot, Douglas turned it over again, and Reno’s Kyle Elliot brought it back in for a lay-up and a foul.

James Vacek then hit a 3-point shot for Douglas, but Morgan came back down to seal off the run with yet another 3-pointer for Reno.

Morgan finished with a game-high 19 points, coming off the bench for the Huskies.

Douglas fought its way back into the game several times, first with an 8-0 run midway through the second quarter.

Keith Olson started it off with a basket for the Tigers, Nate Whalin followed, Olson added another and David Laird closed it up with another layup.

Reno’s J.J. Mulligan broke it up with a basket, but Kevin Emm came back down with a basket for the Tigers and Laird again scored on a nice pass play that bounced off Whalin and Emm on the way.

Douglas closed Reno’s lead to eight points early in the second half on a basket by Jeff Nady, and later narrowed it to seven early in the fourth quarter on a basket and two foul shots by Olson but that was as close as the Tigers would get.

Reno came back with a 14-4 run to effectively seal the game.

Olson led the Tigers with 17 points, Emm scored 10, Nady and Laird each had eight and Whalin and Joe Nady each had six.

Douglas dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-1 in league. Reno, currently ranked No. 1 in the northern region improved to 14-3, 3-1. The Tigers travel to Carson Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

GIRLS

Douglas again put together a solid first half, building a 20-18 lead on the No. 7 Reno Huskies despite not getting any field goals from standout post player Monica Knight.

Knight, who did hit eight free throws in the first half, found her game in the second half with eight points in the third quarter alone.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Reno found its game as well.

Reno scored 37 points in the second half, including a 29-8 third quarter to blow past the Tigers 65-36.

The Huskies broke the game open on a 17-0 run in the third quarter, highlighted by 3-pointers from Angela Ceccarelli and Britton Murdock.

Ceccarelli led Reno with 13 points, Hannah Carlson had 12 and Raimy Novacek had 11.

Knight finished with 18 points to lead all scorers and Jessica Waggoner had six.

n Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.