John Strickland has coached a lot of talent players and coaches against quite a few also during his tenure at Fayette County.
Add Douglas County junior Amari Robinson to that list of players.
Strickland saw first hand on Monday during the MLK Holiday Basketball Classic how dangerous of a player the Tigers’ forward can be.
With Robinson pumping in a career-high and modern-day school record 44 points, the Tigers overcame a 10-point deficit for a 66-54 non-region win.
“She is tough,” Strickland said. “I’ve gone up against some good players and coached some also. She ranks right up there. She can do so much to hurt you. She has some good size and skill set that is hard to guard against.”
Robinson’s previous career-high was 32 points, which has done twice this season. She had 32 in a loss to Woodland-Stockbridge and then equalled that in a win over Stockbridge.
Prior to this season, the three-year starter had never scored 30 points in a high school game.
“I really didn’t think I had that many points,” she said. “I was just playing the game and trying to help my team win. I knew I had to pick it up since we were down.”
The 41 points breaks the previous single-game record of 37 scored by Christina Wells during a postseason game.
“To be honest, I didn’t know it was that many until they announced it after the game,” Douglas County coach Chet Forsh said. “We shot poorly as a team in the first half.”
Forsh liked the fact that Robinson’s points came within the flow of the game. Her teammates were able to get her the ball over Fayette County’s pressure defense.
“She is the focal point of our offense,” Forsh said. “Nothing was really focused by Amari.”
Robinson praised her teammates for helping take the pressure off of her.
“Since I’m one of the more experienced players on the team, I know they look for me,” Robinson said. “I know I can handle the pressure but my teammates have been there for me.”
Coming into the season, Robinson was one of two starters returning from last season’s team that reached the Class AAAAAA quarterfinals. The Tigers are 14-5 overall and 10-0 in the Region 5-AAAAAA standings.
Douglas County has several inexperience players but has manage to keep its 39-game regular-season region winning streak alive.
Douglas County hasn’t lost a region game since Jan. 30, 2015 when it lost 75-62 to Westlake.
“We have come a long way and haven’t better,” Robinson said. “We know we can play much better. We are just trying to get back to playoffs and go farther.”