Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel New Manchester junior center Kyndall Golden practices free throws during Tuesday's practice as the Jaguars prepare to host Sequoyah in the first round of the playoffs.

The third season within the current basketball season is set to begin for six teams in the county.

Douglas County coach Chet Forsh always says there are three seasons to a season - the regular season, the region tournament and the state tournament.

There were six teams in the county that state playoff berths - two as region champions.

Douglas County and Lithia Springs advanced to the state playoffs by winning their respective regions. Douglas County clinched the Region 5-AAAAAA title - its third straight region championship - with a three-point win over New Manchester last weekend.

Lithia Springs upset defending Region 6-AAAAA champion Maynard Jackson for its first region title since the 2002-03 season.

“It’s time for season No. 3 now,” Forsh said Monday afternoon. “Right now, everybody is zero-zero and trying to win a state title. If you win, you keep playing each week.”

All six games will be Friday in various locations.

Douglas County will host River Ridge, a No. 4 seed from Region 6-AAAAAA at 6 p.m. on Friday. The school’s boys team finished runner-up to Langston Hughes and will host Region 6-AAAAAA No. 3 seed Creekview at 7:30 p.m.

Lithia Springs will host Union Grove, the No. 4 seed from Region 5-AAAAA at 6 p.m.

The New Manchester girls will host Sequoyah at 6 p.m. It is the second straight season that the Jaguars finished runner-up to Douglas County in the region.

Last season was New Manchester first in the state playoff since the school opened in 2011.

“We have a year’s experience now, I think the girls know what to expect,” New Manchester coach Vincent Parks said.

Both Alexander teams will be on the road for the first round of the playoffs.

The Cougars boys program will play a 7 p.m. contest against Sprayberry, which is located in Cobb County. Alexander was the No. 3 seed from the region.

It is the Cougars first state tournament since the 2015 season.

Alexander girls will play at Creekview on Friday at 6 p.m. The girls were also the No. 3 seed from the region.

Teams had the option of playing either Friday or Saturday and most selected the earlier date. With the second round taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, coaches wanted an extra day for preparation and gathering information on their next opponent.

“It just make more since to play your game on Friday,” Forsh said. “You get a day to rest and they it’s back to work if you advance.”

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