The tale of two halves
The Charles Dickens reference was as inevitable as it was appropriate.
The Douglas girls scored only six points in the first half against Wooster on Tuesday, but roared back with 31 points in the second half to win the Division II opener, 37-32.
Following the game, DHS assistant coach Allen Gosselin wrote five words on the chalkboard that summed up the game: “A Tale of Two Halves.”
“Allen hit it right on the head,” Douglas coach Werner Christen said. “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times.”
And, in the superlative degree of comparison, the Tigers more than doubled their point production from the first half in the third quarter, but still trailed by a point, 21-20, heading into the fourth period.
(I could go on with the season of Light, season of Darkness, spring of hope, winter of despair stuff, but I think you get the point.)
The Douglas defense forced four consecutive turnovers to start the fourth quarter and scored eight unanswered points to take a 28-21 lead one minute into the period.
Andrea Honer made back-to-back steals to start the run, which developed into a 12-3 advantage with 5:31 to play. Three-pointers by Honer and Michelle Roza, who scored five points in the run, were the big bombs.
“Andrea sparked us and Michelle Roza played wonderfully,” Christen said. “Michelle is practicing real hard and it’s carrying over into the games. Everyone’s working real hard.”
The big difference in the two halves was shooting percentage. Douglas made only 10 percent (two of 20) of its field goal attempts in the first two quarters, including a one-for-11 performance from three-point range.
The Tigers shot 50 percent from the floor (12 for 24) in the second half and made nearly half of their three-pointers (four of nine).
“Obviously, we shot the ball better in the second half,” Christen said. “I think the assistant coaches, Allen, Danny (Hamer) and Jason (Carter) were calming influences at halftime. I think the girls came out in the second half and played real well. We played maybe one of the best halves we’ve played.”
Honer led the Tigers with nine points on three three-pointers. Roza added eight points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Douglas played at South Tahoe Friday night. The Tigers will play host to rival Carson on Tuesday in a game that is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m.
“Carson will be a real good test-slash-milestone,” Christen said. “They’re playing extremely well. They’re very, very good and they’re very well coached. They’re always good.
“They have a legitimate chance to be the state champs this year. We’re going to have to play our best.”
The Senators are led by senior four-year starters Pam Williams and Alyson Thurman. Williams (a 5-11 post) and Thurman (a 6-0 wing) both were named the the All-Division II first team last season.
“It seems like Williams and Thurman have been there for 20 years,” Christen said. “I’m going to drive them to their graduation to make sure they walk across the stage this year.”
Douglas 37, Wooster 32
Wooster 4 5 12 11 – 32
Douglas 5 1 14 17 – 37
Wooster (0-1, 3-8)
Litenwalter 3 1-6 7, Moran 2 0-0 5, Lazzari 1 0-0 2, Elkins 1 0-0 3, Kintop 3 0-2 6, McGowan 4 1-2 9. Totals: 14 3-10 32. Three-pointers: Elkins.
Douglas (1-0, 11-3)
Natalie Stratton 1 0-2 2, Kristen Garzapena 1 0-0 3, Jessica Granat 1 1-2 3, Stephanie Combes 1 0-0 2, Andrea Honer 3 0-0 9, Kim Smith 0 2-2 2, Lauren Myers 2 0-0 4, Krista Edling 2 0-0 4, Michelle Roza 3 1-2 8. Totals: 14 4-8 37. Three-pointers: Honer 3, Roza, Garzapena.