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File Photo Douglas County junior Malik Battle looks to lead the Tigers, who missed the state playoffs last season.

Douglas County Tigers

Coach: Hollis Bethea

Last season record: 10-15

Returning starters (4): G Rodney Lewis, G Ricky Clark, G Malik Battle, F Mataio Soli

Others to watch: F Braelen Oliver,

Primary strengths: The return of Rodney Lewis to the point guard position to lead team. Clark and Battle can be potential scoring leaders from the team. Soli and Oliver give the Tigers some inside muscle.

Potential problems: Might have to weight on Soli and Oliver as they are competing in football playoffs.

The Outlook: The Tigers seem to have enough candidates to replace Jahori Copeland as the scoring leader from last season. Battle averaged 11.8 points and Lewis averaged 10 points a contest last season. Clark has already committed to Lincoln Memorial University and should have a solid year. Both Soli and Oliver brings that toughness from the football team and give the Tigers some inside muscle. Each came on strong near the end of the season. Several young players, including freshman Jonathan Jefferson, should see some playing time. Jefferson, a defensive end on the playoff-bound football team, has received an offer from Georgia in football. Lewis expected to be the leader as the point guard on the team.

Coach Bethea says: “Defensively we got to get better. I think it is the area that we have improved on the most. Our guard play will definitely be our strength. They have the knowledge and ability to create their own shots.”

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