Tiger girls run past Spanish Springs
The lights on the scoreboard in the Douglas High School gymnasium went out just two minutes into the game between the Tiger girls basketball team and Spanish Springs Tuesday night.
While it took only about a minute to get things set straight, it proved to be an omen of what Tiger junior Kellei Kizer was going to do with the ball all night.
Shoot the lights out of the gym.
Kizer knocked down four 3-pointers as Douglas handled Spanish Springs 58-35 in a non-league matchup.
The game represented Kizer’s first significant action of the season.
“She’s been sick and this was really her first game back,” head coach Werner Christen said. “Boy, she knows her strengths. When she spots up and gets her feet set, she can knock them down.
“That is why she is on the team, because she can shoot the ball.”
Of course, that is not to say she isn’t on her way to becoming a solid all-around player.
“She’s getting a lot better in the other aspects of the game,” Christen said. “Her passing was very good tonight too.”
While Kizer was busy draining the 3s, Julie Gingrich put up 15 points to lead the Tigers while Erin Brinkmeyer added 12.
Brittany Puzey put up seven points, Colleen Carlson scored five, Tammy Gough scored four and Andrea Bryant rounded out the Tigers’ scoring with two points of her own.
“We were a little streaky tonight,” Christen said. “But when we were able to push the ball up the court, I think we did pretty well.
“In the second half, we did OK on the half side too. I thought we were a little bit more patient.”
The Tigers were able to parlay that patience into 36 second-half points, 19 coming in the third quarter.
Spanish Springs’ Megan Hildebrand scored on a layup to being the fourth quarter, and that was the last time the Cougars would touch the scoreboard until only 2 minutes, 10 seconds remained on the clock.
In the meantime, Gingrich put up six points to extend the Tigers’ lead and finish off Spanish Springs while the Douglas defense hunkered down.
“Once we extended our pressure to full court, I thought that created a lot of chances,” Christen said. “Colleen Carlson did a great job on the defensive end of the floor tonight. She was rebounding and keeping the ball alive.”
Kyle Molino led Spanish Springs with 15 points while Barrett added six.