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Tiger girls on a roll

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas girls cruised through pool play at the 24-team Cheyenne Lady Classic in Las Vegas with only one minor setback.

A 56-44 loss to Silverado Tuesday morning couldn’t stop the Tigers from advancing to the championship bracket of the tournament, however.

Douglas used wins over Palo Verde and Inglewood of California to win the Comet Division and secure the right to play for the tourney title. The Tigers played California’s Westminster High in the semifinals of the championship bracket late Tuesday. Results from that contest were not available for this issue.

The championship game will be played today at 3:30 p.m. The third place game is scheduled to tip off at 1:30 p.m.

Stephanie Combes scored 12 points for Douglas in the loss to Silverado. Jenny Smokey and Jessica Granat each added nine points.

Smokey hit two 3-pointers to help Douglas jump out to an 8-0 lead. Silverado responded with a 12-0 run that gave the Skyhawks the confidence they needed to pull out the victory.

Kim Githens played well off the bench for the Tigers, according to assistant coach Danny Hamer.

The Tigers opened pool play with a 64-47 victory over Las Vegas’ Palo Verde High on Saturday. Combes and Tomasa Kizer each scored 14 points to lead Douglas.

Palo Verde played zone defense the entire game, and the Douglas girls were content to play bombs away. Kizer hit four of Douglas’ school-record 10 3-pointers in the contest.

“We shot the ball well from the outside,” Douglas head coach Werner Christen said.

Jenny Smokey added 12 points and Andrea Honer finished with eight.

“Everyone got to play and everyone contributed,” Christen said. “We played really well as a team.”

Following an off-day Sunday, the Tigers defeated Inglewood High of Los Angeles, 47-37, on Monday.

Against Inglewood, Jessica Granat scored 13 points in first half and finished with a season-high 15 points.

“Jessica played really well,” Christen said. “They couldn’t stop her and they ended up playing zone in the second half. She did the same thing in Elko.

If we can get 11, 12, 13 points each night from her, we’re going to win a lot of games.”

“It was a coming out party for Jessica,” DHS assistant coach Allen Gosselin added.

Inglewood’s athleticism gave Douglas problems in the first half, but the Tigers sealed the victory with a 16-3 run in the fourth quarter. Controlling the tempo of the game fueled the run, Christen said.

“We stepped it up offensively,” the coach said of the fourth-quarter run. “We were a lot more patient offensively, and defensively we played really well.”

Another key in the fourth quarter was the play of Tomasa Kizer, who scored all 12 of her points in the final period.

“Tomasa struggled a little in the first half, but she played really well in the fourth,” Christen said. “She found the gaps and made the cuts to the basket when we spread out the offense.”

Christen was also happy with the play of his guards, including Smokey, who scored eight points, and freshman Andrea Honer.

“Andrea did a good job running the offense,” he said. “She made some real nice decisions in the second half.

“The kids like her because if you’re open she’ll get you the ball.”

Brooke Kizer played a good game down low in the paint and Combes rebounded well in the second half, Christen said.

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