Tigers trip Indians; head to Las Vegas
The Douglas girls are leaving for Las Vegas on Friday, and they’re taking with them the confidence gained in an overtime win over a tough Elko team in Elko on Saturday.
Rosie Contri and Jenny Smokey each scored 16 points to help the Tigers defeat the Indians, 55-49. Jessica Granat finished with 11 points and Stephanie Combes added seven points for Douglas.
Coach Werner Christen said Brooke Kizer played a good game defensively, holding Elko’s Catherine Simms to 14 points. Kizer shut down the Elko star in the second half, when Simms managed only four points.
One of the keys to the victory, Christen said, was a defensive scheme designed by Douglas assistant coach Allen Gosselin. The Tigers started the game playing zone defense after they missed a shot and playing full-court man pressure after they made a shot.
“That slowed down the game and got us in the game,” Christen said. “It proved to us we could play with them.”
The Tigers owned the ball with 19 seconds to play with the game tied, but couldn’t finish off the Indians in regulation. They didn’t need much time to take control of the game in overtime, however.
“Rosie scored on a layup right off the opening tip and we never looked back,” Christen said. “We went up there expecting to win. We’re stating to get a little bit of attitude.”
The Tigers will play in a five-day tournament in Las Vegas starting Saturday. The 24-team event will feature some of the best high school basketball squads from the West. Douglas will open pool play with a game against Palo Verde of Las Vegas on Saturday. They will then meet Inglewood of Los Angeles on Monday and will face Las Vegas’ Silverado High on Tuesday.
The results from pool play will determine where teams are seeded in three different brackets for games on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
Douglas will play the tournament without starting Contri. The senior starting guard has been selected to play in an AAU softball tournament in Australia next week.
Christen said not having Contri at the tournament will give several Tigers more playing time, which is one of several goals for the Douglas girls in Las Vegas.
“We’re going down there to play basketball and have fun,” he said. “We’re going to try to polish things up a little bit. And we’re going to try to get everybody some minutes against good competition. We’ve got 16 kids and it’s hard to get everyone playing time.”
The Tigers have been working hard in practice to improve their rebounding through positioning and communication. Christen hopes his players can take those lessons into their upcoming games.
“We need to get better on rebounding,” Christen said. “If we rebound, we win. It’s that simple. We’re getting pounded on the glass, but we’re getting better at that.”
Douglas 55, Elko 49, OT
Douglas 9 12 12 12 10 55
Elko 9 16 6 14 4 49
Stephanie Combes 2 3-5 7, Rosie Contri 7 2-3 16, Jessica Granat 5 1-2 11, Brooke Kizer 1 0-0 2, Rebecca Rippee 1 0-0 2, Michelle Roza 0 1-2 1, Jenny Smokey 6 2-2 16. Totals: 22 9-15 55. Three-pointers: Smokey 2.
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