“The key to our success to start the season has been the work the guys put into offseason training and conditioning,” said head coach Hollis Bethea, entering his first season as head coach after previous stops as an assistant coach and later athletic director at Westlake and Banneker where he was named Metro Coach of the Year. “The preparations began before I even came here.”
Leading the charge for Douglas County has been senior Justin Bridges who averaged more than 21 points and eight rebounds last year, both team-highs for the Tigers. He’s also a multi-sport athlete, grabbing a team-high 24 receptions and three touchdowns for the football team this past season.
“Justin brings leadership and scoring ability to our team,” Bethea said. “His football spirit to the team has also been good.”
Junior Corey Tillery averaged 9.5 points last year while fellow class member KJ Johnson posted a team-high 4.4 assists per contest last season along with 14.1 points per game.
“Corey and KJ can shoot the ball real well from the outside,” Bethea said. “KJ is one of the top guards in our area. He can go to the basket and is a floor leader.”
The Tigers’ players are part of the greater Douglasville basketball community, which produces some of the most talented athletes in the state.
“I’ve noticed that this city is unique because it’s a tight-knit community that loves sports,” Bethea said. “That has generated high interest and brings families to this area.”
Douglas County returns to action on Tuesday at Villa Rica and hopes to have a long season ahead.
“We set high expectations and goals for our team,” Bethea said. “We want to win a state championship. I think we have a great shot of winning the region and seeing where it takes us from there.”