During her four-year career at Douglas County High, Amira Atwater has been given different roles with the team.
But through it all she has one trait that has impressed Tigers coach Chet Forsh the most - her consistency.
The proof in her consistency throughout the last four seasons on the Tigers varsity was magnified on Tuesday night when the senior joined an elite club at the school.
With nine points in a blowout win over East Coweta, Atwater scored her 1,000 career point. As it stands now, the Georgia Southern signee has 1,001 career points heading into next week’s road game at Campbell.
She is the second Douglas County player to reach the 1,000-point mark this season. Earlier this season, boys basketball standout Brandon Robinson reached that mark in a home game.
But Atwater downplays the significant of reaching the 1,000-point plateau.
“It was a small milestone because a bigger milestone would be to win the region,” she said. “I’m happy to get the 1,000 points but I really want a region and state championship. I’m thinking more about our team goals.”
Forsh said it is just part of Atwater’s persona.
“She is more excited about make a nice pass to a teammate than scoring,” Forsh said.
The Tigers are definitely in a position to accomplish those goals, especially a Region 3-AAAAAA title.
Heading into a seven-day break, Douglas County is 16-1 overall and 8-0 in the region.
While Atwater doesn’t believe in tooting her own horn about her accomplishment, Tigers coach Chet Forsh calls it a special accomplishment for her and program.
“It is a big deal because it is not that easy,” Forsh said. “It just shows a mark of consistency on her part. You have to average about 250 points per season.”
After scoring 217 points in each of her freshman and sophomore season, Atwater scored 330 points as a junior. So far this season, she has 237 points for a career-best average of 13.9 points per game.
She currently sits with a 10.2 career scoring average in a Tigers’ uniform over the last four seasons. She broke into the starting lineup the last few games of her freshman season after starring at Chapel Hill Middle School.
Forsh said he saw the potential in Atwater when she first arrived on campus in 2012.
“If I didn’t see the potential, I wouldn’t have her on varsity as a freshman,” Forsh said. “I like to have at least one freshman on the varsity each year. It helps down the road because they get a lot of experience and will be expected to lead.”
During her four seasons, Atwater role has changed with the season. She has emerged as this season’s leader as one of only two seniors on the team.
“I had to be more vocal with my teammates,” Atwater said. “At the beginning of the season, coach Forsh told me what my role was and that I have to be more involved.”
It is a role she has embraced.