The Lady Tigers took a big lead by halftime against a heavily injured Lady Cougar squad and went on to win 65-33.
The Alexander boys pulled away in the final two minutes of the second period after an early back and forth battle, and then held on for a 94-78 victory.
The Tiger and Cougar boys both came out firing on all cylinders in the first period. DC jumped out to a 5-3 lead and maintained a lead throughout the opening eight minutes. However, they could never really pull away. The Tigers managed to widen their lead a little, to 16-12, with two minutes to go when Brandon Robinson made a layup, was fouled, and then made the free throw. Douglas County led 20-16 after the first period.
AHS managed to tie the game quickly in the second period and then take the lead on a Karim Mawuenyega three point play, a layup plus one.
The Tigers and the Cougars then exchanged the lead on several occasions. Afterward, Alexander managed to build several four and five point leads only to have DC battle back to within one point.
With two minutes to play before the half, AHS’s Logan Mushro hit a layup and Mikell Lands followed with a shot from behind the arch, and the Cougars went up 38-29, which was the biggest lead margin of the night so far. After a steal and layup, Mawuenyega put up the final shot of the period, a short jumper, and Alexander led 42-29 at the half.
Lands led all scorers in the first half with 12 points. Teammate Kevion Dailey followed with eight. Justin Bridges scored nine first half points for the Tigers.
The Cougars started the third period the same way they ended the first, and went up 56-34 with 5:04 on the clock. With three minutes to play in the period, AHS led 60-42 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Douglas County.
The Tigers tried to rain down three’s over the final minutes of the third but they could not stop AHS from penetrating the lane and the Cougars still led by a considerable margin, 69-51, heading into the final eight minutes of play.
Douglas County went on an early fourth period run, cutting the deficit down to 12 by the six minute mark. The Cougars were able to slow down the damage being done and with four minutes to go, held an 80-65 lead. With a minute to go, they were up 88-75 and held on for the 16 point win.
In the girls game the Lady Tigers were able to put away a very injured Alexander squad by halftime.
The Lady Cougars, down several key starters, managed to hang with visiting DC for much of the first period, trailing 9-6 with four minutes to play. However, the Lady Tigers used a stifling half-court defense to force turnover after turnover over the final three minutes to build a 21-10 lead.
AHS again battled with DC through the first half of the second period, and trailed 28-16 with five minutes to play before the half. The Lady Tigers again put on the pressure and over the final two minutes, increasing their lead two 20 with 1:30 remaining in the second period. By halftime, DC led 41-15.
Amadi Brooks led Douglas County with nine points over the first 16 minutes. Santasia Faust followed with eight.
Brooke Nail led Alexander with seven points.
DC opened the third period with eight straight points for a 49-15 lead. At the midway point, the Lady Tigers led 54-19. A layup by Maya Benham gave Douglas County at 36 point lead with three minutes to go in the third. A few possessions later, Kiana Glover hit a three to put the Lady Tigers up 59-23.
DC’s Doris Ijeoma hit grabbed a round and hit the layup with 30 seconds to go, giving DC a 61-25 lead as the third period drew to an end.
The Lady Cougars opened the fourth period with five unanswered points against the DC second string. Neither team would score for over two minutes after that, with the Lady Tigers holding a 61-30 lead. AHS’s Treasure Matthews broke the scoring drought with a free throw at the three minute mark and then followed 30 seconds later with a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to 27 points.
DC answered by with a trey building the lead once again to 30 with 1:45 on the clock. Kyemesha Easy hit the final shot of the game with a minute to go, giving the Lady Tigers the 22 point victory.
Brooks led all scorers in the game with 13 points. Benham had a strong third period for 12 points. Faust finished the night with 10 points for DC and Glover added eight.
Nail led Alexander with 10 points. Molly Brown followed with eight.
DC is off for the rest of the week. Alexander will be back in action Friday when they host Chapel Hill. Games start at 6 p.m.