Coming into Tuesday’s first-round Class AAAAAA playoff game, Douglas County coach Chet Forsh only had one film on Rockdale County.
The tape was from earlier in the season.
Once the Tigers figured out who seas Rockdale’s top players, they turned an early struggle into a fairly easy win.
With Douglas County freshman Amari Robinson pouring in 27 points to lead three other players into double figures, the Tigers cruised to a 72-51 win at home.
“Once we got in our mind that we had to play some serious defense, we were able to take control of the game,” Douglas County junior forward Ashanti Brown said. “We have been working all season on our man-to-man defense so it looked kind of polished.”
Forsh said he was pleased with the way the team was able to adjust within the game.
“The film I had on them was from the 2015 part of the season,” Forsh said. “It showed a different person as their scoring leader. We had to make some adjustments to our defense. We have had trouble with boxing out in our zone so we have been playing more man-to-man. In man-to-man you know who you have to box out.”
In addition to Robinson, Sayah Brooks had 13 points and Arsula Clark and Brown finished with 12 points each.
The Bulldogs, who were the fourth seed from Region 2-AAAAAA, was led by Diamond Swift’s 18 points and Bianca Riley had 11 points.
Rockdale county was kept it close early in the first half, but the Tigers went on an 12-0 run to close the half and take a 33-21 lead into intermission.
It was much of the same in the third quarter as the Tigers pressure defense and fast break offense was too much for the visitors to handle.
Douglas County opened the second half on an 8-0 run before a 3-pointer ended the Bulldogs’ scoring drought.
“It’s good to get that first win under you,” Douglas County senior point guard Amira Atwater said. “We just have to keep pushing.”
The Tigers will play the winner of the Collins Hill-Chattahoochee game in the second round at home. School officials have tentatively schedule the game for Friday.
Douglas County is 26-1 and on a 14-game winning streak going into the second round. The team’s last loss came on Dec. 19 against Tucker in the Peach State Holiday Classic Tournament at Alexander High.
Keeping the momentum from last week’s region tournament championship was the focus for the team.
“Right now, you just want to get on that five-game winning streak,” Brown said. “This was a good start for us. We have to put this game behind us and get ready for our next opponent.”