The biggest impact on Friday’s game between Omaha Westside and Omaha Northwest happened three days earlier.

That’s when Ale’jah Douglas, who leads Class A in scoring, broke a bone in her shooting hand.

Without their top player, the Huskies were no match for the Warriors, who rolled to a 64-37 victory. Senior guard Ryley Nolin poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the way.

“Ale’jah brings us a lot of energy,” Northwest coach Genese Hodges said. “I think our team was shell-shocked, seeing her with a cast on her hand.”

Westside coach Steve Clark said his team didn’t know about Douglas’ injury until shortly before the game.

“It didn’t affect our game plan,” he said. “We talked about how we couldn’t relax because they have a lot of other good players.”

But none the caliber of Douglas, who scored a school-record 43 points earlier this season. Her absence was felt immediately as the Huskies were outscored 21-6 in the first quarter.

Nolin scored eight in the period, including a pair of 3-pointers. Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor also had eight as Westside sank 7 of 13 shots from the field.

Northwest tried to battle back in the second quarter, scoring the first seven points. But Westside responded with an 8-0 run and held a 31-15 halftime edge.

The Warriors outscored the Huskies 20-7 in the third quarter — Nolin had 12 of those points — to extend their lead to 29. The reserves for both teams played most of the fourth quarter.

“I thought we did a good job defensively,” Clark said. “We got out on their shooters.”

If Northwest was going to stay close without Douglas, it needed to light it up from long range. But the Huskies were 4 for 27 (14 percent) from behind the arc.

“I think after that first quarter that we were mentally defeated,” Hodges said. “It’s a tough thing but we need to move on.”

The Huskies entered averaging a state-leading 67.8 points per game. But without Douglas and her 21.7 average, they were held to a season-low 37.

McGinnis-Taylor had nine points and 10 rebounds for the Class A No. 8 Warriors, who moved to 15-5. The No. 9 Huskies fell to 11-4.

Hodges said she is hopeful that Douglas will return in time for districts, which begin Feb. 19.

“We’ll just have to wait and see,” the coach said. “I think we have the kind of team that can persevere but it’s going to be a rough road.”

Omaha Westside (15-5)......21 10 20 13—64

Omaha Northwest (11-4).....6     9      7 15—37

OW: Sylvia Fehr 6, Ryley Nolin 26, Katie Andersen 2, Madilyn Siebler 3, Ella Wedergren 5, Kaitlyn Hanna 4, Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor 9, DiAuvion Conner 2, Abby Hellman 7.

ONW: Nevaeh McKinney 5, Delaney Schultz 3, Alyssa Thorson 1, Caliana Fenceroy 17, Kaylynn Tucker 7, Taniya Golden 4.

Sign up for daily headlines from NEPrepZone

Get a daily roundup of game recaps, player features and more in your inbox.

Mike covers high school sports, primarily volleyball in the fall, girls basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring and summer. He also reports on horse racing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MPattersonOWH. Phone: 402-444-1350.

Commenting is limited to Omaha World-Herald subscribers. To sign up, click here.

If you're already a subscriber and need to activate your access or log in, click here.

Load comments

You must be a full digital subscriber to read this article You must be a digital subscriber to view this article.