The Douglas County girls basketball team started its 67-33 home win over East Coweta perhaps faster than it has done all season, and the Tigers are know for their fast starts.
East Coweta did not have a chance to possess the ball as an Indians mistake in filling out the scorebook led a technical four as Douglas County started the game with two free throws and possession of the ball.
The Tigers then scored the first 14 points of the game and never looked back. This pleased Douglas County head coach Chet Forsh who was unhappy with how his team closed out a 50-44 win over Pebblebrook on Friday.
“How bad we finished on Friday, I think they we were determined not to let that happen again,” Forsh said. “We had a horrible fourth quarter on Friday.”
Amari Robinson led the Tigers with 20 points, Ashanti Brown had 15, and Amira Atwater’s nine points helped her reach the 1,000-point plateau for her career.
Douglas County improved to 16-1 overall and 8-0 in Region 3-AAAAAA play as Robinson and Brown controlled the paint and the boards throughout the game. They combined for eight of Douglas County’s first 14 points.
“We came out with the mindset that we were ready to set the court on fire, take this game so that the starters can get a break and we can incorporate some things with our bench,” Brown said. “Rebounding is a big part of our team because most of our points come off of rebounds, rebounds and then fast breaks.”
Douglas County led 18-5 after the first quarter and Robinson scored the Tigers’ first six points of the second quarter to push their lead to 24-6. Douglas County, still adjusting to the loss of starter Taylor Donelson to a season-ending injury, used some players who normally play JV against East Coweta because the JV team did not have a game.
Atwater recognizes the impact of losing a starter in the middle of the season can have on a team’s depth.
“It made us get into more shape seeing that we don’t have much depth, but we’re working on it,” she said.
Atwater controlled the action with several pin-point passes and was the recipient of outlet passes from the Tigers’ rebounders that started fast breaks. Afterwards she downplayed scoring her 1,000 point.
“It’s just a small milestone,” Atwater said. “We’re just worried about winning region.”
The Tigers did have a scare in the third quarter as starting wing Arsula Clark reinjured an ankle she had problems with earlier in the season. She was taken off the court and did not return to the bench. Clark finished the game with 13 points.
Douglas County maintained its grip on the region lead after already getting wins at Westlake and Langston Hughes earlier in the season.
East Coweta, off to one of its better starts in recent memory, fell to 10-6 overall and 3-4 in the region. Morgan Haase led East Coweta with eight points.
The Tigers are off until next Tuesday when they visit Campbell.