The venue was the same but the opponent was different this team.
For the second time in three seasons, the Douglas County girls basketball team ended its season in the state semifinals at the UWG Coliseum on Saturday.
Douglas County exist in the Class AAAAAA playoffs came at the hands of Harrison, defeated the Tigers 68-54 to advance to the finals for the second straight season.
Two years ago, Douglas County loss to Tucker in the semifinals in Carrollton.
Some cold outside shooting contributed to the loss. The Tigers were only 4 of 24 from 3-point range and 20 of 61 from the field.
Amari Robinson was the only Tiger player to reach double figure scoring. She finished with 21 points, which was less than the 32 points she averaged during the first three rounds of the playoffs.
Here is a look back on the season for Tigers:
What went right: The team saw a lot of growth throughout the season. With only two starters back from last season’s team that reached the quarterfinals, Douglas County had a very young group. Junior Amari Robinson was the go-to player. The three-year starter averaged 24.3 points and 10.9 rebounds to win region player of the year honors.
What needs to improve: It might sound funny, but the Tigers much get the ball to Robinson more when they recognize a mismatch. Sophomore Desirae Jackson must continue to become an offensive threat. She averaged nine points in her first year as a starter. Sophomore Raven Mitchell development will be key in helping teams stop double-teaming Robinson in the post.
What to look forward to in 2018-19: Robinson is less than 40 points from becoming the county’s all-time leading scorer. She should get that record two games into the season. The Tigers will be going for their fourth straight region title and contend for the program’s first state title. Dymon Cook was an offensive threat when healthy and perhaps the team’s top defensive player. The Tigers will be a year older and should be among the top teams in the state.
Key losses for next season: Sayah Brooks and Alex Warner are the only two players graduating. Both started at different points during the season. Brooks only played in 19 of the team’s 31 games due to injury.