What happened in Thursday’s scrimmage against Villa Rica didn’t totally catch Douglas County off guard.
The Tigers sent a young squad, with only four practices together, onto the floor against a seasoned Villa Rica team.
Despite a game-high 23 points from junior Amari Robinson, the Tigers lost 77-67 in a game that don’t count against their record.
“It wasn’t too upsetting because we knew we are a young team,” Tigers coach Chet Forsh said. “We just had too many turnovers and we didn’t shoot the ball well at times. Our youth definitely showed on the court.”
Desiree Jackson added 13 points as the only other player in double figures for the Tigers, who are the two-time defending Region 5-AAAAAA championship.
Douglas County led after the first quarter but Villa Rica had a dominating second quarter that produced 28 points. The visitors went into intermission with a 41-32 lead.
“We shot well in streaks,” Forsh said. “We just haven’t had enough practice time. We only had four days with this team to get ready and it showed on the court. There are a lot of things that are correctable and we will get back to work.”
The Tigers have a week to get ready for their season-opener on the road against Tri-Cities, which is a region contest on Nov. 17. Other that, the team will play the next day in the Parkview Tip-Off Classic in Lilburn against Lowndes.
“We have a lot of little things to work on,” Forsh said.
“It was a little frustrating because we are not use to losing,” Robinson said. “We know we have a young team, and now they can see it is a different flow from middle school ball. We just have to pick up the intensity. I think with them being on the court, they can now see the difference.”
Villa Rica placed three players in double figures as it was led by junior Deasia Merrill’s 19 points. Tee Windom and Ebony Parham scored 14 points each.
Douglas County only returns two starters - Robinson and Sayah Brooks - from last season’s team that went 26-4 and reached the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
“This was definitely our wake up call,” Brooks said. “I think the younger players definitely see it now.”