Tigers’ girls team hangs close withCalifornia teams
A shorthanded Douglas High girls basketball team opened at the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic with a 43-29 loss against the Yosemite Badgers (Oakhurst, Calif.) on Wednesday night in San Diego.
Douglas (2-4 league, 5-9 overall) scored eight points in the first half at El Capitan High School on a night when starting forward Hannah Carr was out and guard Taylynn Kizer continued rehab work in her comeback from a preseason knee injury.
Senior guard Ashlynn Campbell led all scorers for Douglas with 13 points, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Madison Smalley also had 10 points for the Tigers.
The Badgers led 9-4 after one quarter and 23-8 at halftime.
Grace Fries and Allison Bernardi led Yosemite with 10 points each. Fries, a 5-6 junior guard, came into the game with a 21.7 point per game scoring average, including a career-high 40 points against Hanford (14-for-30 from the field) on Dec. 13. Fries ranks among the top 25 girls in the nation this season in 3-point shooting with 54 conversions, according to the MaxPreps.com website.
Yosemite (11-3 overall) extended its win streak to 11 straight games, all by 12 points or more, including championships at the Roosevelt Holiday Tournament in Fresno and the Madera Tournament.
On Thursday, the Tigers fell to a 49-37 defeat against the La Costa Mavericks (Carlsbad, Calif.) in another NCAA Silver Division game at El Capitan High. The Mavericks were up 22-20 at halftime and then gained some breathing room with an 18-6 run through the third quarter.
Campbell led all scorers with 23, including a pair of 3-pointers and she shot 7-for-8 from the free throw line.
Haley Dumiak, a 5-11 sophomore, scored 16 to lead the Mavericks offensively. Alexis Machain added 10, including a pair of 3-pointers.
La Costa (9-3) has won nine straight league championships in the San Diego area and last season qualified for the CIF state tournament.
On Friday morning, the Tigers dropped a 55-49 decision against Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach). Hailey Hughes scored 17 points, while Campbell added 14 (eight in the fourth quarter) and Madison Rodgers nine (all in the third quarter) to lead the Tigers.
Haley Herdman and Juliana Chen scored 19 and 17, plus they combined for nine 3-pointers, to lead the Mavericks.