Douglas County opened Region 3-AAAAAA play on Tuesday with games at South Cobb. The Lady Tigers opened the evening with a 61-53 victory over the Lady Eagles. in the second game, the DC boys defeated South Cobb, 61-53.

In the boys game, Douglas County jumped out to a 15-12 first period lead and they led 33-28 at the half. South Cobb came back to tie the game at the end of the third period by forcing a few turnovers. The game went back and forth in the fourth until DC was able to close out the game from the free throw line.

“We were able to get inside, draw the foul, and get to the line,” said Tiger coach Hollis Bethea. It was a close game throughout, but we made four field goals and the rest came from the line in the fourth. We were in the bonus and they had to foul us a lot.”

Corey Tillery led Douglas County in the final period, scoring 10 points and hitting six free throws. He finished second on the team with 14 points. K’Ja Johnson led the Tigers with 17 points. Elisha Johnson followed with 10, while once again playing for the injured Brandon Robinson.

“K’Ja did a great job breaking down the pressure and had seven assists. He did an outstanding job of driving to the basket,” Bethea said. “Elisha scored points inside and picked up several offensive rebounds.”

In the girls game, DC took a 15-11 lead after the first period and pulled away in the second period, going up 33-18. They led 43-24 after the third period.

“We were able to hold them to single digits in every quarter but the first,” said DC girls coach Chet Forsh. “We forced some turnovers and did a good job finishing in the second half. In the first quarter we did not finish our good opportunities but instead of being negative, we stayed positive and got better.”

DC had 10 of 11 players score, with three finishing in double digits and five scoring at least eight. Olivia Whatley led the team with 17 points. She hit two 3-pointers.

“She can run the floor well and we got her the ball in transition,” Forsh said. “She is one of my basketball and track kids, and she was on the relay team, so she should be able to run.”

Amira Atwater followed Whatley with 15 points. She added eight assists.

“She made some really nice passes and shot a little better this game, hitting three three’s,” Forsh said.

Arsula Clark netted 11 points and added eight rebounds, five on the offensive end. Nicolette Andry and Santasia Faust scored eight points each. Meredith Townsend recorded five steals.

“I thought we played more together than the last three games,” Forsh said. “We are still not anywhere near wear I want to be, but we are not going winless in the region and no one can take that away from us.”

DC will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Campbell. They will travel for a pair of games on Saturday at Alexander.

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