Tigers tromp on Elko
A solid team effort from baseline to baseline allowed the Douglas girls to walk off the floor with a decisive 57-48 win over Elko on Saturday at the DHS gym.
Lauren Myers scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Tigers (5-1). Stephanie Combes finished with 18 points and Andrea Honer added 12 to help Douglas dispose of Elko.
“They are an athletic team,” Douglas assistant coach Allen Gosselin said of the Indians. “I think we made real strides in terms of defensive effort and offensive discipline. We made great choices. Our turnovers were way down and we had a great rebounding effort as a team. Our rebounds were way up.”
The Tigers will try to continue their roll on Friday, when they play host to Sparks in a game that is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Myers continued a breakout senior season Saturday. She was hampered by an ankle injury last season, but has shown the ability to dominate opponents in the paint this year.
Myers is averaging 12.5 points and has led the Tigers in scoring in three of their first six games. She also grabbed 14 rebounds against Elko.
“Everyone working together on offense is what’s getting Lauren open and allowing her to get that great seal,” Gosselin said. “For her to finish those shots inside, that’s something we’ve had trouble with in the past. Lauren is getting a great touch, she’s getting stronger with the ball and she’s getting more confident.”
Combes keyed the Tigers in transition, as Elko tried to force the tempo with full-court pressure defense. The senior responded well to the challenge, Gosselin said.
“I was real pleased with the choices Stephanie Combes made,” he said. “She showed real discipline. She made the easy plays that really sparked us in transition. She played a phenomenal game.”
The coach also was pleased with the composure the Tigers showed against the Elko press.
“We handled the pressure with great poise,” Gosselin said. “They ran it at us all night. We ran our press break, drew the traps, passed out of it and then attacked. And we made our shots in transition; when they weren’t there, we ran our offensive sets very well.”
Gosselin, head coach Werner Christen and assistant coach Danny Hamer each said Honer, a sophomore, played one of the best games of her young career against Elko.
Honer drilled two big 3-pointers in the second half that allowed the Tigers to maintain a lead and kept the Indians from establishing any momentum.
“Andrea Honer came out of her shell,” Gosselin said. “We’ve been emphasizing all week for her to shoot more. She has real high standards for her performance. That’s why she has such low turnovers and does a great job on rebounds and has lots of assists and steals. Sometimes, with those high expectations, if she misses a shot she’ll think she’s off.
“She missed two 3s in the first half, but made two 3-pointers in the second half. I thought that was real important. Those were key three pointers in the second half.”
Jessica Granat grabbed eight rebounds and Michelle Roza pulled down seven on Saturday.
“They both do a lot of the ugly, behind-the-scene things that go unnoticed in the boxscore,” Christen said.
Guards Kimmy Gitthens, Kim Smith and Tracy Kizer continue to do a good job defending the perimeter, Gosselin said.