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Tiger girls basketball team wins two of three

There is nothing complicated about the Douglas High School girls basketball team’s game plan, if you ask head coach Randy Green.

“Our pre-games are very short,” Green said. “We need to full-court press, execute our offense, play good half-court defense and push the ball up the floor to the open person.”

The Tigers took care of business in each of those areas Saturday afternoon and threw in some depth for good measure to run past Reed, 53-34, in the third-place game of Galena’s fifth annual Mountain Classic tournament.

Douglas, 2-2, is scheduled to play host to Galena, which it lost to 44-38 in a semifinal game Dec. 5, on Thursday in a preseason game.

The Class 4A Northern Zone regular season begins Jan. 6 when the Tigers play host to Wooster.

The Tigers used a 19-4 run in the second quarter to take charge in a game that saw the Tigers reverse their season-opening 48-44 loss at Reed, 2-2, last Tuesday.

Molly Greenberg led the Tigers with 14 points. Jenny Smokey and Rosie Contri added 10 points each in a balanced attack in which seven players contributed.

“Our depth is very big. Huge, the whole ball game,” Green said. “We don’t mind being down four or five points early. We just try to keep everybody fresh and keep coming at people. We want to put pressure on them and hope they crack at some time.”

Smokey scored eight points and Greenberg had seven as Douglas rallied from a 13-10 first-quarter deficit to take a big lead in the second quarter.

The Tigers pushed their lead to double digits when Brooke Kizer fed Greenberg for a jumper from the left wing with 1:01 to go. Then, Smokey came up with a steal and got the ball back on a Kizer dish for a fast-break layup as time expired to give Douglas a 29-17 lead at the intermission.

The Tigers never looked back.

Smokey and Kizer were named to the all-tournament team. Laura Edmonds, who scored 10 points to lead Reed offensively, was also named to the all-tournament team.

Galena 44, Douglas 38

Tiffany Reynolds got rolling in the second half and so did the Grizzlies’ defense.

Together, those two factors helped propel the home team to a come-from-behind victory in a winner’s bracket semifinal Friday.

Reynolds scored all of her game-high 17 points in the second half as Galena (4-1 after losing to Reno in the finals Saturday night) overcame a 10-point first half deficit.

The Tigers surged to the early lead on the strength of a 14-2 run over a four-minute span late in the second quarter.

Brooke Kizer banked in a layup to get the ball rolling with 5:03 left, then Stephanie Combes laid in a basket and scored on a layup to make it 17-9. Tomasa Kizer and Jessica Granat converted layups, both off assists from Molly Greenberg, as the Tigers extended their lead to 21-11 with 1:01 left.

Douglas led at intermission, 21-13.

The Grizzlies didn’t make any major adjustments in the locker room, according to coach Karen Friel. They just started to play tough defense.

“We started making some shots, but that’s all related to defense,” Friel said. “That’s what starts our offense, and we needed it tonight because we were not running our offense.”

Galena began its comeback by scoring six unanswered points to end the third quarter, capped by Linda Manning’s buzzer-beating three-pointer from the right wing.

Reynolds scored to open the fourth quarter and give Galena its first lead of the game. Then after Douglas tied it on Tomasa Kizer’s putback, Manning scored and Reynolds converted a three-point play off an assist from Heather Curtis to give the Grizzlies a 36-31 lead.

The Tigers never got any closer than four points after that.

Rosie Contri scored nine points to lead a balanced Douglas attack in which nine players scored. Jenny Smokey and Combes added six points each.

Reynolds, a fourth-year varsity veteran, scored 11 points in the final period.