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Tough non-league slate continues for Tiger girls

by Joey Crandall

Just when it seemed that the Douglas High School girls’ basketball team was starting to get the hang of things, it ran into another wall against yet another of the state’s top teams.

The Tigers showed much improvement against top-ranked Galena Thursday night, but got run over by the No. 2-ranked Reed Raiders Friday, 63-33.

Reed jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a 3-pointer by Mary Sprinkle and a breakaway layup by Kayla Williams but Douglas clawed right back in with a pair of baskets and a free throw by Monica Knight to tie the game up at five.

That was as close as the game would get for the rest of the night.

Reed’s pressure defense frustrated the Tigers as the Raiders rattled off the next six points and 12 of the next 16.

A 9-2 run to close out the half and a 17-2 third quarter put the game away for Reed.

Knight led the Tigers with 14 points, all of which came in the first half. Bridget Maestretti added five and Gina Pfaffenberger put up four. The team hit 14 field goals in the game.

Reed was led by Williams who scored 17 points, all in the first half, and Sprinkle finished with 12, including two 3-pointers.

The Lady Tigers dropped a 35-29 decision to the Galena Grizzlies Thursday night.

Douglas managed to make a significant turnaround from last week’s 59-14 drubbing at the hands of the Grizzlies, currently ranked No. 1 in the Northern region by the Sierra Nevada Sports Media panel.

While the Tigers still struggled to find the basket, hitting only eight field goals in the entire game, the defense clamped down on Galena’s potent and sometimes explosive offensive weaponry.

Douglas built an 8-7 lead through the first quarter and expanded that to 10-7 to open the second, but Galena answered with an 8-0 run to open up a 15-10 lead.

The Tigers came back with an11-3 run of their own to take a 21-18 lead, but a 3-pointer by Galena before the close of the half tied the game.

The Grizzlies, who held the Tigers without a field goal in the second half of last week’s contest, once again used a feisty defense to hold Douglas to just one field goal in the second half and none in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s game.

Douglas, however, allowed only 14 points to the Grizzlies in the second-half and used a pressure defense to fluster the Galena guards on the way down the floor, causing a number of turnovers.

Knight scored 13 points to lead the Tigers and Maestretti added nine. Kayla Horse hit a 3-pointer in the first half.

The Tigers allowed Galena’s star forward Caitlin Anderson to 15 points but held the rest of the Grizzlies in check with no one scoring more than seven points.

Despite the losses, the young Tigers (eight players on Douglas’ roster are underclassmen) don’t seem to be falling victim to the same things with each new game – a sign that they are fixing the mistakes as they crop up.

Douglas, which dropped to 2-6 on the year, plays its league opener Thursday at Damonte Ranch at 5:15 p.m. The Tigers then ship out to Las Vegas after Christmas for the Centennial Bulldog Classic.