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Tigers trip up Vikings

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas girls got back on track with a 60-25 thumping of South Tahoe on Friday.

Rebecca Rippee scored a season-high 10 points, Rosie Contri finished with nine and Kim Gitthens added a season-high eight to help the Tigers even their league record at 1-1. Jenny Smokey and Brooke Kizer chipped in with seven points apiece as 10 Tigers scored for Douglas.

“It was a nice win,” Douglas head coach Werner Christen said. “Everyone played well and everyone got to contribute.”

The coach admitted that the Vikings aren’t as strong a team as the Wooster squad that defeated Douglas last Tuesday in the league-opener.

“But you still have to play well, no matter who you play,” he said.

Christen was happy to see Rippee break out offensively. He also said Gitthens continues to play well as the first guard off the bench and added that Contri turned in a really good effort against South Tahoe.

The Tigers played at Carson on Tuesday. Results from that game were not available for this issue. Douglas will play host to Fallon on Friday and then will travel to play Hug High on Saturday.

Christen isn’t worried about the physical aspect of playing back-to-back games. After all, the Tigers played two games in one day in the Las Vegas tournament earlier this season.

He is a little concerned with one particular phase of the Greenwave’s game, however.

“We didn’t block out well or rebound well against South Tahoe,” he said. “If you don’t block out well against Fallon, you’re going to get your butt kicked.”

Douglas assistant coach Allen Gosselin added that Fallon likes to play tenacious defense.

Another area the two coaches are working on is getting the Tigers back to the level of defensive intensity they showed in the first half of the season.

“We have to play defense harder,” Christen said. “We’re not where we were at earlier in the season. That’s something we better remedy quick or it’s going to cost us.”

The Hawks will present different problems for Douglas. Hug is a patient team that is willing to hold the ball and work for the easy shot.

“Hug is very well-coached,” Christen said. “Shane (Foster) does a real good job. He’s got them playing the way they should, making four, five, six, seven passes before the shoot.”

Jan. 8

South Tahoe 7 2 3 13 25

Douglas 18 14 17 11 60

Douglas (8-5, 1-1)

Christie Burruel 0 0-2 0, Stephanie Combes 2 0-0 4, Rosie Contri 4 1-1 9, Kim Gitthens 4 0-0 8, Andrea Honer 1 0-0 2, Jessica Granat 2 0-0 4, Brooke Kizer 2 3-8 7, J.K. Koenig 1 0-1 2, Christina Morgan 1 0-0 2, Rebecca Rippee 4 2-2 10, Michelle Roza 0 0-1 0, Jenny Smokey 3 0-0 7, Natalie Stratton 2 0-0 5. Totals: 26 6-15 60. Three-pointers: Smokey, Stratton.

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