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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Hollis Bethea says his Douglas County team is starting to return to the form it had during an early season 10-game winning streak.

A little practice went a long way for the Douglas County team on Saturday.

After being unable to practice the last four days because of school closing, Tigers coach Hollis Bethea held a brief walk-through practice before its game against Northgate.

The Tigers hardly resembled a team playing without a full week of practice as they coasted to a 95-35 win in a Region 5-AAAAAA contest.

Douglas County had five players to score in double figures in cruising to its fourth straight win, third in region play.

“We did a little work before the game in a walk through,” Bethea said. “I think it helped to get the juices following and get our feet back. I thought we did a good job of letting the game come to us.”

Senior Rickey Clark led the Tigers with 21 points and senior Cam Copeland had 14 points while junior Malik Battle had 13 points and five assists. Senior Rodney Lewis had 11 points and four assists and junior Marquise Collins also had 11 points. Junior Jeremiah Smith led the team with 10 rebounds.

The Vikings were led by Jermariki Cunningham, who had eight points.

With the win, Douglas County improved to 15-4 overall and 8-3 in the region to pull a half game ahead of Alexander in the standings.

“We have really shot the ball well the last few games,” Bethea said.

“We are starting to get that confidence back that we had on the winning streak,” Clark said. “We are getting that groove back. It was good to have a little practice before the game to get our legs back.”

The Tigers are idle until they play at Mays on Friday and follow that with a home contest against South Paulding. They won both games earlier this season.

“We got to just keep practicing and getting better,” Battle said. “We need to get on another win streak as we get into the late part of the season.”

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