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Tiger girls open season with a win

by Chuck Smock

Stephanie Combes scored 19 points and Lauren Myers added a career-high 13 points to help the Douglas girls open the season with a 52-33 win over Merced on Saturday at Galena High.

The Tigers got their first look at a Northern Nevada opponent on Tuesday night when they traveled to Sparks to play the Reed Raiders. Results from that contest were not available for this issue.

Douglas will try to build on what it learned in its first two games at the Galena Classic this weekend at Galena High.

The Tigers will open the round-robin portion of the tournament Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Palo Verde, a team they defeated 64-47 last year in a tournament in Las Vegas. The Tigers hit a team-record 10 three-pointers to pound the Panthers, who were content to play zone defense the whole game despite Douglas’ ability to shoot from outside.

Head coach Werner Christen said this year’s team is also loaded with gunners who can make an opponent pay for playing a zone.

“We’re not afraid (to shoot the three-pointer),” he said. “We invite teams to play a zone. We have some kids who can shoot the ball.”

Douglas will play Bonanza on Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Galena. Saturday’s schedule will be determined by the results from round-robin play.

Christen and assistant coach Allen Gosselin said the Tigers will focus on themselves rather than their opponents at the Galena tournament.

“We just want to play a little better every time,” Christen said. “We’re not predicting tournament victories. It’s not even a tournament in our book. We’re looking at it as three games. Maybe it will help us out down the road, come zone tournament time, playing three games in three nights.”

“You don’t have time to scout anything, so everything is pretty generic,” Gosselin added. “You can’t run any special defenses for anybody. When we get into league, we’ll pretty much have them scouted and know exactly what we want to do defensively, and offensively how to attack.”

Michelle Roza finished with six points, while Jessica Granat, Kimmy Gitthens and Andrea Honer each added four points Saturday. Honer led the team with seven rebounds.

Christen and Gosselin each said their team’s win against an overmatched Merced squad was filled with the good and the bad.

“They were a young team and they’re rebuilding,” Christen said. “Like Allen said today when we were watching film, ‘We did what we had to do. We didn’t play real well and we won by 20.’ We’ll take a few of those down the road.”

Among the highlights, according to Gosselin, was the way the Tigers executed in key defensive situations and the way they took care of the ball.

“We were in the (passing) lanes to make the plays,” he said. “We had 17 steals, which I think is a good statistic. We had seven turnovers and we were pressed most of the game. That’s very few bad passes. I don’t think we had a single double-dribble call and had maybe one traveling call.”

Douglas 9 19 13 11 52

Merced 5 11 11 6 33

DHS – Jessica Granat 2 0-0 4, Stephanie Combes 8 2-3 19, Andrea Honer 1 1-2 4, Christie Burruel 0 0-2 0, Kim Smith 0 2-2 2, Kimmy Gitthens 2 0-0 4, Lauren Myers 6 1-1 13, Michelle Roza 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 6-10 52. Three-pointers: Combes, Honer.