In the end, Douglas County coach Chet Forsh didn’t have that big of a reason to be nervous about his team’s first-round Region 3-AAAAAA Tournament game.
The Tigers, the top seed in the region tournament, coasted to a 68-27 win over eighth-seeded South Cobb at Langston Hughes High on Monday evening. With the win, the Tigers clinch a spot in next week’s Class AAAAAA playoffs.
It is the ninth straight state playoff appearance for the Tigers, who win their 10th straight game
“It was definitely a relief to get this first one over with,” Forsh said. “I always get butterflies when we play a game that can qualify us for the state playoffs.”
The team shared their coaches sentiments about get that playoff-clinching win.
“It is good to get it over with but we still have some more basketball to play,” Douglas County junior Ashanti Brown said. “We want that No. 1 spot in the region for the state playoffs. We know we still have some work to do.”
Douglas County will play the winner of today’s East Coweta vs. Campbell game. The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but Fulton County postponed all after school activities because of weather.
The Tigers entered the region tournament as the top seed after cruising through its region schedule with a 14-0 record.
And many of those game, like the South Cobb contest, were blowout wins.
“There is a lot of pressure because you come in as the No. 1 seed,” Brown said. “You are fighting each game to keep that No. 1 seed, and it is definitely important now because you want a chance to play a couple games at home in the state playoffs. Right now, you are playing for home court in the playoffs.”
In its win over South Cobb, junior Arsula Clark nearly outscored the entire Eagles team. She had a game-high 23 points with Amira Atwater finishing with 12 points and freshman sensation Amari Robinson chipping in 10 points.
Robinson is averaging 16.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in her first season on the varsity level. Last season, she led Turner Middle to the county middle school championship.
“Clinching the state playoff is a big rely,” she said. “We know we have to go big or we will be going home. Our team has really gelled together as the season has progressed. We have really became a close team.”
In addition to Robinson, senior Amira Atwater is averaging 12.8 points and Clark is chipping in 13.9 points per contest.
Forsh called Mondays win over South Cobb a “good win” but the veteran coach is looking for his team to play more consistent throughout the game.
“It thought we did some things well, but we weren’t quite in synch early in the game,” he said. “We haven’t really had much time to practice lately. We are playing teams that we have beat twice already and they are going out playing with nothing to lose. We won the South Cobb game and now that qualifies us for the playoffs. We guaranteed that we will get to play three more games.”