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Tiger girls headed for Elite 8 basketball tournament

by Chuck Smock, Sports editor

The Douglas girls defeated Reed High, 46-37, Saturday at Galena to finish with a 2-1 record at the Galena Mountain Classic.

Emily Haas scored 19 points and had nine rebounds against the Raiders. She was named to the all-tournament team.

Julie Gingrich added seven points and six rebounds against Reed. Lindsey Rollins pulled down eight rebounds.

“We actually played pretty well against Reed,” Douglas head coach Werner Christen said. “We shot the ball much better from the field and on the line.”

The Tigers made nine of 13 free throws against the Raiders, including several key shots late in the game. Tracy Kizer was four of five from the line in the fourth quarter.

The bad news for the Tigers on Saturday was injuries.

Senior Lisa Doner aggravated a previous knee injury. She is scheduled to see a doctor this week.

Sophomore Tarrah Kizer sprained her ankle and is expected to be out of the lineup for one to four weeks, said Christen, who added that it was initially feared that Kizer had broken her ankle.

“We were real fortunate Reed had a trainer there,” Christen said. “The guy knew what to look for and he took care of it and. That was nice.”

The Tigers will enter this week’s Reno Elite “8” tournament with nine players in uniform.

They’ll play Bear River of Grass Valley, Calif., Thursday at 6 p.m. at Reno High in the first round. If they beat Bear River, they’ll play the Reno-Colfax winner on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Reno. If they lose in the first round, the Tigers will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Galena and McQueen, as well as California teams Oakridge and Petaluma will also play in the tournament. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

“This is going to be a major test for our kids, especially with our injury situation,” Christen said. “Some of the roles changed (against Reed). And they responded.

“Mallory Moore came in off the bench and did a great job. She had three rebounds, a steal and scored two points. And Amber Gwinn gave us some good minutes off the bench.”

The win over Reed followed a 49-42 loss to the Wooster Colts on Friday. Tarrah Kizer led the Tigers with 10 points. Haas added nine points and 10 rebounds. Rollins scored eight points and Andrea Honer finished with seven points. Gingrich had eight rebounds

A slow start hurt Douglas against Wooster, which posted an 11-point lead at halftime. The Tigers cut the lead to two points twice in the second half, but couldn’t catch the Colts.

Point guard Andrea Honer continues to do good job running the Tigers’ offense and providing a spark on defense, Christen said. Honer led the Tigers with seven steals against Reed. She also had eight steals each against Wooster and Mazama, giving her 23 for the tournament.

“That’s a ton of steals,” Christen said. “Some people don’t get that many in a season. I just wish I could get her to shoot a little more. She’s so unselfish.”

Gingrich, a freshman, also has been playing well as she makes the transition to middle school to varsity basketball, Christen said.