Young Douglas girls eye new season
Though young overall, the Douglas High girls basketball team will have some experience on the floor Tuesday when it opens the new season against McQueen in Reno.
Three players who started as freshmen last season — Hailey Hughes, Hannah Carr and Alexa Moss — are back to lead a team that has no seniors and only three juniors on the roster.
Werner Christen returns for his 19th season as head coach of the program with a career 294-222 record. The Tigers were 13-13 overall (9-7 Sierra League) last season and won 10 of their last 14 games en route to a berth in the region tournament semifinals.
The 6-foot Hughes was a second-team all-league post player last year and Moss received honorable mention recognition as a point guard. Madison Rogers and Carr are the only other players who return with varsity experience.
Douglas opens against a familiar opponent, the Tigers started their 2015-16 season with a 54-31 loss at McQueen. Later, the improved Tigers turned the tables with a 59-49 win at McQueen in first-round region tournament play — aided by 16 points from Hughes.
Six seniors graduated from that Douglas team, including forward Maddy Lowe, who is now playing for Sonoma State. Janae Blue Horse, a second-team all-league player as a freshman last season, has transferred to a Reed team that returns all five of its starters from last season.