Tigers finish second at frosh tourney
DHS boys fall to Reed in final
The Douglas Tigers and the Reed Raiders waged a back-and-fourth battle for three quarters Thursday in the championship game of the freshman boys’ State Farm Holiday Tournament at McQueen.
The Raiders took control of the game, and secured the title, with a 20-6 run in the fourth period that finalized a 60-37 victory.
The loss was only the second of the season for the Tigers (11-2).
“I am very proud of the team for finishing second in this tournament,” Douglas coach Brian Mehrer said. “We lost to a well-rounded team tonight.”
Andy McIntosh and Zach Tretton each scored 11 points for the Tigers in the championship game.
Chris Honer and Bryan Miller scored six points apiece against Reed. Honer led the Tigers with six rebounds.
The Tigers led by two points, 17-15, after one quarter. Reed owned a slight advantage in the second period and tied the game, 26-26, at halftime. Douglas managed to score only 11 points in a second half that saw the Raiders put 34 points on the board.
Douglas charged into the championship with a pair of impressive wins over McQueen and Reno.
The Tigers opened the tournament with a 50-32 victory over the host Lancers on Tuesday. Andy McIntosh scored 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Douglas in both categories.
“We jumped on them early in the game,” Mehrer said. “The last time we played, we let the Lancers back in the game in the third quarter. This game, our players came out strong on defense in the third quarter and held the Lancers to four points (in the period.)”
Bryan Miller and Zach Tretton each scored seven points. Miller added six assists and five rebounds.
Dusty Cooper led the Tigers with six steals. He also had four points and four rebounds.
On Wednesday, Douglas outscored the Huskies 37-20 in the second and third quarters on the way to a 72-56 win.
Tretton led the Tigers with 18 points. McIntosh added 17 points and 15 rebounds. Miller finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Chris Honer chipped in with nine points and four rebounds. Cooper scored eight points.
Douglas girls take 4th place
The Douglas freshman girls’ basketball team finished fourth this week at the eight-team State Farm Holiday Tournament at McQueen High School.
The Tigers won their first game, 54-49, over Galena on Tuesday. The victory avenged a loss to the Grizzlies earlier this season.
Melissa Gadsby was named the Most Valuable Player for the game. She scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and made eight steals.
Amanda Essary scored seven points. Ashley Hartley and Andrea Bryant each scored six points. Hartley had seven rebounds, while Bryant finished with five steals.
“This was undoubtedly our best game to date,” DHS coach Nathan Tolbert said. “We showed up ready to play and caught Galena off guard.”
Douglas sealed the victory with a 20-14 run in the fourth quarter that included a 15-for-23 (65 percent) performance from the free-throw line.
The Tigers ran into Reno in the second round on Wednesday and dropped a 54-27 decision. Ashlyn Doak led Douglas with seven points.
Tolbert said Jessica Parra, Meghan Burke and Hartley all played well defensively late in the game against the Huskies.
Douglas closed out the tournament with a 48-32 loss to Reed High in the third-place game.
Gadsby finished with 12 points and eight rebounds against the Raiders. Bryant and Doak each scored four points.
“The drain of the previous games was obvious in this contest,” Tolbert said. “Reed jumped to an eight-point lead early in the game and never looked back. Although we played a strong defensive game that did not give up many easy baskets, Reed had some great perimeter shooters that hurt us.
“Overall, this tournament was a growing experience for us. We learned that if we play well together we can beat strong teams. And we learned that if we let down we can let a game slip away that shouldn’t.”