Tri-Cities was late arriving for Tuesday’s Region 5-AAAAAA contest at Douglas County but it didn’t take the Tigers long to put the game out of reach.
Douglas County jumped to a quick lead and never looked back in the 69-23 win to officially clinch a berth into the state playoffs.
The Tigers will be the top seed in next week’s region tournament and placed in the semifinals.
Douglas County has been to the state playoffs the last 11 year, the longest playoff streak in the county.
“At the beginning of the year I always tell the girls that there are three seasons - regular season, region tournament and the state playoffs,” Douglas County coach Chet Forsh said. “You want to play in all three. It just takes five wins in a row to win state. We have won five in a row before.”
Once the game got started, Dymon Cook and Amari Robinson hit consecutive 3-pointers to blow the game open. The Tigers would take a 36-12 halftime lead as Tri-Cities never scored more than nine points in a quarter.
“We started out real strong, which is something we wanted to do,” Forsh said.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 17-6 overall and 13-1 in the region as Tri-Cities dropped to 5-18 and 3-12.
Junior Amari Robinson led the way with a game-high 23 points while senior Sayah Brooks finished with 15 points. Sophomore Desirae Jackson had 12 points.
The Bulldogs were led by Shynique McGhee and Destiny Thomas, who had nine points each.
“We were really motivated to send the seniors out with a win,” Jackson said. “I thought we worked real hard as a team.”
Douglas County host Creekside tonight in a makeup game from a few weeks ago when school was closed because of inclement weather.
Forsh said he is looking for the team to play better as it prepares for the state playoffs.
“As young as we are, we can do a lot of things better,” Forsh said. “We are a long way from where we need to be as far as decision making.”