Although the score might not indicate it, but at times Douglas County looked like a team missing two starters and playing after a four-day layoff from basketball.
The Tigers didn’t appear as sharp after missing the last four days of practice because of inclement weather that forced the closing of school.
However, Douglas County was able to do enough in its 64-33 win over Northgate on Saturday.
“Missing those starters hurts a lot and of course having no practices didn’t help,” Douglas County coach Chet Forsh said. “We’ve been off four days and we looked like it on the court. We missed so many layups. I think some of it had to do with a lack of focus.”
The Tigers were missing starting junior point guard Michaela Cope and sophomore shooting guard Dymon Cook. Cope was nursing a knee injury from Monday’s game while Cook was out-of-town due to a family illness.
Freshman Alana Gibbs filled in for Cope at the lead guard position and contributed 12 points and an assist.
Douglas County was led by junior Amari Robinson, who finished with 24 points and 26 rebounds. Sophomore Raven Mitchell added 9 points as the Tigers continue their 42-game regular season region winning streak.
The Tigers are 15-5 overall and 11-0 in Region 5-AAAAAA.
Northgate dropped to 5-14 and 1-9 as it was led by Alaxa Wilder’s 13 points.
“As a team, we didn’t get into a good rhythm,” Gibbs said. “We wasn’t making shots that we normally make.”
Douglas County played on Monday in the MLK Holiday Basketball Classic it helped host. Robinson scored a career-high 44 points in the come-from-behind win over Fayette County.
The team didn’t get a chance to play or practice since because school was out due to snow.
Douglas County is off on Tuesday but returns to action on Friday at Mays and Saturday when it host South Paulding. The Tigers defeated both teams earlier this season.
“I think we were just kind of going through it with this long layoff,” Robinson said. “I think we need the break to get some practice time in. We didn’t play that well but we still found a way to win.”