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County Finest: Douglas County girls have championship hopes
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
January 08, 2014 10:33 AM | 1313 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County junior Meredith Thompson takes the ball down the court in practice last week.
Staff/Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County junior Meredith Thompson takes the ball down the court in practice last week.
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For most programs, an 18-win season and an appearance in the state playoffs would constitute a successful campaign.

However, the Douglas County girls’ basketball team, which has averaged 23 wins over the previous five seasons, wasn’t satisfied with last season’s results and have begun this year’s campaign with wins in 10 of its first 11 contests, including winning the Campbell Holiday Classic Tournament in Smyrna Dec. 26 to 28.

“This year we’re trying to prove that we can be a consistent postseason team,” junior Maya Benham said, leading the team in scoring by averaging 18.8 points per game. “It’s been a team effort of working together because we’re looking at the big picture of winning our region and competing against anybody in the state.”

Head coach Chet Forsh said about one of his top players earlier this season, “Maya is maturing as a player and better understanding her role on the team in production and leadership.

“She is our best outside shooter and fairly versatile.”

The Tigers have received solid contributions from other players such as junior Santasia Faust who averages more than 11 points per contest and senior Doris Ijeoma, leading the team in rebounds with 8.6 per contest.

“The season has been going great and we’ve been getting better by coming together,” Ijeoma said.

Douglas County also has incorporated several younger players into the rotation, increasing the leadership responsibilities of the upperclassmen.

“We’re teaching them discipline and how to focus during a game by showing support on the court,” Ijeoma said.

The squad’s unity is also bolstered by many of the same players joining together to play for the Douglasville Lady Tigers, an AAU team that also practices on the Douglas County campus.

“We’re a family and communicate with each other well,” Benham said.

The Tigers began region play last Tuesday at Westlake and host Tri-Cities on Friday in a critical contest for both squads.

“We have more work to do and continue getting better,” Faust stated. “We’ll have to focus against some really good region teams.”



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