The DC girls dominated Robbinsville in the earlier game, winning 53-28 over the Lady Knights. In the boys game, the Tigers were also victorious, defeating Mundy’s Hill handedly, 95-71.
The Lady Tigers opened against Robbinsville with a 3-pointer after the tip-off and built a 9-2 lead early in the first period. However, the Lady Knights battled back to three points with two minutes on the clock to cut the deficit to 12-9. A late three gave Douglas County a 14-9 first period lead.
The lead had not chanced as three minutes passed through the second period, with DC up 20-14.
A steal and a layup by freshman Amira Atwater gave the Lady Tigers their first eight point lead of the game. Douglas County’s Santasia Faust followed with a steal and passed to Tamia Tilman for a layup and a double-digit advantage. The Lady Tigers added four more unanswered points on the run to go up 28-14 and led at the half 30-16.
Amadi Brooks led DC over the first two periods with seven points. Atwater followed with six and Faust added five. Daylee Brooms scored a team high four points for Robbinsville.
Douglas County did not let up after the break, going on a 7-0 run as the Lady Knights struggled with DC’s defensive pressure. The Lady Tigers led 37-16. The streak was finally halted from the free throw line by Robbinsville.
Atwater followed the end of the streak with back-to-back layups to put DC up 41-17. The Lady Knights then hit their first shot from the field in the period with only two minutes remaining on a short jumper by Amber Long, cutting their deficit to 22 points.
Robbinsville added a couple more shots from the line and DC’s Tilman finished off a layup to end the third with the Lady Tigers up 43-22.
The fourth period was much of the same and DC came away with a 28-point win.
“I thought we could have started a little better because it took us a while to get going,” said Forsh after the game. “Hopefully that was because of the nine day layoff and four days we had off of practice.”
Atwater led the Lady Tigers with 15 points. Brooks followed with 14 and Faust scored nine. Brooms had seven points to lead the Lady Knights.
The Douglas County boys dominated Mundy’s Hill in their opener. The Tigers started off hot, taking a 24-9 lead after the first period. By halftime, the Tigers led 53-28. Justin Bridges led the first half surge with 13 points for DC.
Mundy’s Hill looked to come back after halftime but the Tigers continued to keep them at arms length. With five minutes remaining in the third, the score stood 60-40.
A couple of fouls by the Tigers allowed Mundy’s Hill to pull a little closer and with 3:20 left in the third. DC lead was down to 18.
Kalen Clifton put the Tigers back up 21 with a three pointer from corner as the clock crept past the three minute mark. A jumper by Jalen Thornton followed for a 68-47 lead with two minutes to go. Clifton then capped an eight point run with a second three from the left side. After a 2-point shot from Mundy’s Hill, DC added four more points for a 75-39 with 1:17 remaining in the third.
Over the final minute of the third, Haniel Cato connected on a layup and then Bridges hit four straight free throws, grabbed a rebound, then hit a layup, for a Tigers 83-49 lead.
Mundy’s Hill began to come back in the fourth period and by the 2:30 mark, they had cut the deficit by seven points at 88-65. The Tigers suddenly found themselves struggling with Mundy’s Hill’s defense and turned the ball over for several easy baskets. As the clock passed the two minute mark, DC’s lead had shrunk to a still manageable 21 points, but they had been outscored in the period by nine.
DC managed to play tough over the final minute of the game, and their work in the first three periods proved to be the difference as they went on to win by 24 points.
“We played well for three quarters,” said DC boys coach Joby Boydstone. “We went to the mercy rule and kind of relaxed and stopped doing what got us to the big lead. That was do to youth and lack of disapline but we did some good things.”
Bridges, Clifton and Thornton led the Tigers offensively. Bridges scored a game high 24 points and Clifton followed with 19. Thornton netted 15.
Sizemore led Mundy’s Hill with 20 points.
The DC boys will be back in action at the Classic today at 1:30 p.m.The DC girls will play in the classic today at 4 p.m.