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Postseason: Local teams prepare for region tournaments
by Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
February 05, 2014 11:27 AM | 1209 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>Douglas County High School senior Tamia Tillman looks to make a pass during a practice drill.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
Douglas County High School senior Tamia Tillman looks to make a pass during a practice drill.
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The prep basketball programs in Douglas County are nearing the conclusion of their regular seasons and beginning preparations for the region tournaments which will begin next week. Each school has the opportunity to earn a berth in the state playoffs and a chance to win an elusive championship.

The Alexander boys’ basketball team has enjoyed another stellar season by posting 17 wins through Feb. 2 and remains undefeated in Region 5-AAAA contests which have earned the Cougars a top five ranking in the state polls. They made it to the third round of the state playoffs last season and look poised to make another postseason run.

“We want to win the region tournament and gain a top seed in the playoffs,” head coach Jason Slate said. “We’ll have to continue defending with intensity, sharing the ball and rebounding.”

The girls’ basketball team out of Alexander already has surpassed its win total from last season with 10 victories and may potentially have its first winning season in three years.

Last season, the Chapel Hill girls’ team made the semifinals of the state playoffs and won 27 contests. This year’s squad has continued the program’s strong play, winning 18 games and dropping only one Region 4-AAA contest.

“With a young team that has shown maturity at this stage of the season, it bodes well as we head into the region playoffs,” girls’ head coach Christopher Long said.

The Chapel Hill boys’ basketball team has eight region wins and is in the region title hunt with the top four teams separated by only two games.

The Douglas County boys’ basketball squad has won 16 contests and a spot in the top 10 rankings. The girls’ team also has been ranked in the state polls at numerous times this season and gained 17 victories so far.

“We want to finish the season strong and qualify for the state playoffs,” girls’ head coach Chet Forsh said. “We will have to reduce our turnovers and shoot free throws better to advance.”

Harvester Christian, Lithia Springs and New Manchester will enter the region tournaments with the potential to make their respective state playoffs as well.

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