Waggoner shows way for Douglas girls in win

RENO - Having a big game from center Jessica Waggoner has become almost commonplace for the Douglas girls' basketball team over the past month.

When she scores as much as the other team, however, that's a different story.

Waggoner scored 28 points to lead the Lady Tigers to a 39-28 win over North Valleys in Reno Friday.

"You know, when your second leading scorer only has four points, and you can still get out with a win, you know your defense had a big night," Douglas coach Werner Christen said.

It was the defense for both teams that ruled the day.

The Tigers fell back 10-6 in the first quarter and the Panthers extended the lead to 12-9 heading into the second. An 8-1 run from the Tigers in the final three minutes of the first half put Douglas back out in front.

The run was sparked mainly by some heady defensive play on North Valleys' inbound passes.

"We had a pretty good scout on them coming into tonight and the girls executed," Christen said. "It was a good win."

For the quarter, Douglas held the Panthers to just three points as a team, marking the fifth-straight game the Tigers have held an opponent to six points or less in a quarter.

In the third quarter, the Panthers quickly tied the score back up at 19 after causing a series of turnovers that they were able to convert into points just a minute into the half.

Waggoner took control from there, though, scoring all eight of Douglas' third-quarter points in the last six minutes.

The Tigers rode a 12-3 run, of which eight points came from Waggoner, over the final six minutes of the game to put it away.

Gina Pfaffenberger had four points for Douglas (10-1 in league), Helen Fillmore, Taryn Williams and Bridget Maestretti each had two and Lisa Christen had one in the win.

Shakia Walker led the Panthers with 10 and Helena Inskeep had eight.

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