For the three practices leading up to Thursday’s Class AAAAA quarterfinals game against Parkview, Chet Forsh moved the Douglas County practices to its old gym.
One of the reasons is the Douglas County coach wanted to take advantage of the gym’s extra length.
The court is 90-feet in length, which is six feet longer than a regulation high school court.
Forsh is hoping that extra length will provide an advantage to his team as it tries to adjust to the court at University of West Georgia, where the 6:30 p.m. game will be played at The Coliseum.
“It is a different setup than your average high school gym,” Forsh said. “There is more space underneath the baskets. I think we should make an adjustment during warm-ups.”
Because his team prefers a fast-break pace, the Tigers don’t shoot as many jumpshots as their opposition.
What the coach is more concerned about his team maintaining its focus and making free throw shots throughout the game. It is something that almost cost them in Tuesday’s comeback win over Collins Hill.
The Tigers (27-1) led early by as many as 10 points but struggled in the third quarter. Douglas County struggled at the free throw line but made 4 of 6 late to clinch the game.
“The main thing is that we have to stay focused,” Tigers junior forward Ashanti Brown said. “Coach Forsh has put a lot of emphasis on shooting and staying focused. We have to shoot a high percentage from the field and from field goal range. We will just have to continue to play our game.”
The Tigers come into the game on a 16-game winning streak, and with each win the team’s confidence continues to grow.
“The closer we get, the more we start to believe we can win it,” Brown said.
“We have a lot of chemistry on this team,” point guard Amira Atwater said. “Out main thing is to remember of our as a team. We can’t look ahead to any team. We just have to come out on Thursday and play our game.”