With the win, Douglas County improved to 18-1 on the season while Lithia Springs fell to 6-12.
If adversity builds character, than the Lady Tigers have earned their stripes as a team that can persevere through difficult scenarios unblemished.
The Lady Tigers overcame the obstacle of fatigue after playing back-to-back games, going against probably the hottest shooting player in the 5-AAAA region, the snarls of the opposition’s hometown crowd as well as losing a key player to injury, and still won.
As for the injury, Douglas County’s third leading scorer, Latara Spriggs, left the game in the third quarter and was taken to the hospital after falling hard on the floor and suffering a concussion.
Nevertheless, the squad remained poised and raised their performance in the wake of their missing teammate.
“We hope and pray that (Latara) Spriggs is okay,” said Douglas County head coach Chet Forsh. “The girls showed a lot of heart tonight. They could’ve folded their tents, but they stepped up and got the job done.”
This duel went down to the wire with the Lady Tigers hitting crucial free throws to confirm its win. Freshman Maya Benham, who scored 15 points with 13 rebounds, had ice in her veins in sinking two straight from the line with under a minute to play to help lead her team to victory.
The contest featured two of the brightest stars in the neighborhood with Lithia Springs’ Jones and Douglas County’s Christin Mercer.
Hones netted a game high 28 points. She has totaled 101 points over the past three games. She scored a career high 42 against Kell on Tuesday and added another 31 facing Sprayberry on Wednesday. All three games were against top tier teams in the region.
Mercer had the overall performance with 19 points, 15 rebounds, six steals and four assists.
The Lady Lions will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Paulding County. Lithia Springs will travel to Villa Rica High School.