CARROLLTON - The outside shots were not falling for the Douglas County Tigers as Harrison mostly double-teamed Amari Robinson.
Despite being slowed by a back injury, Robinson played the entire contest by Harrison proved to be too much.
Harrison had three players in double figure scoring in its 68-54 in Saturday’s Class AAAAAA semifinals at the UWG Coliseum.
“I felt that Amari took too much of physicality during the game, and she wasn’t 100 percent,” Douglas County coach Chet Forsh said. “We didn’t do a good job of getting her the ball enough. For us to be successful we have to have our No. 2 and 3 scorers to step up. Se didn’t get that tonight.”
Robinson had 21 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the loss. No other Tiger player was in double figures, which Michaela Cope finishing with nine points.
The Tigers trailed 36-29 at the intermission, but went cold shooting the ball in the third quarter. Harrison was able to outscore them 22-12 during that period, which proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome.
“Too many player trying to do it individually,” Forsh said. “We couldn’t really get back in the game. We didn’t shoot the ball well when we needed to.”
The Hoyas (26-4) will meet Lovejoy on Friday in the championship game. It is the second year in a row that Harrison will play for the state title. Last season the Hoyas lost to Mays in the title game.
Douglas County ends it season at 24-7 and only graduate two players from this years team.
“We made a dramatic change from the beginning of the season,” said Robinson, who is 39 points away from being the county’s all-time leading scorer. “We couldn’t get over the hump today. I’m pleased at how we came back after losing in the quarterfinals last year to redeem ourselves.”
Harrison was led by Harper Vick, who had 20 points while Sara Woghiren contributed 17 points and Aubrey Jordan added 10 points.
In their previous three wins during the playoffs, Robinson averaged 32 points with two other players scoring in double figures.
“We didn’t get the ball inside enough,” Douglas County sophomore Desirae Jackson said. “I felt we got frustrated and went away from what we normally do. We just didn’t pass the ball that well.”
This was the Tigers fifth semifinals appearance, their third under Forsh. The team has never advanced to the championship game.
Neither Lovejoy or Harrison has ever won a state title.
“After last year, we really were upset,” Vick said.”We decided as a team to get back to where we where in the state championship. Now we have accomplished that goal. We’re excited and looking forward to next week.”