Taking two losses, the Lady Tigers fell 67-63 and the boys 81-72.
In a fast paced first half of the girls match-up, the Lady Tigers pulled out to an early 18-16 lead after Amadi Brooks came out firing.
Neither side gave up going into the second and the Lady Panthers definitely proved they were not going down without a fight. The Lady Tigers maintained strong defensive play and used their quick hands ont eh floor to stay up , 43-38 at halftime.
After the half, the Lady Panthers came out with unmatched momentum, putting up 15 unanswered points before DC got two points off of free throws from Maya Benham. The Lady Panthers held on to a 55-50 lead into the final quarter.
Looking to mount a late comeback, the Lady Tigers tried to hold the Lady Panthers in check, even pulling within four with just minutes left. But, after a few fouls put the ball in the hands of a steady Langston Hughes side, the opportunity for a comeback dwindled. The Lady Tigers would eventually fall 67-63.
"I told the girls the first two minutes of the third was crucial in setting the tone", said head coach Chet Forsh. "We just didn't get good shots after the half and did not show patience."
Amadi Brooks and Maya Benham both led DC with 18 points. Kennya Simms had 17 for Langston Hughes.
In the boys match-up, the first quarter did not go as planned for the Tigers. Taking no time, the Panthers quickly found the board and took an early 22-13 lead.
Hoping to find their rhythm and close the gap, Douglas County continued to struggle to make key shots while Langston Hughes lost no momentum. Finally getting in a few looks before the half, the Tigers still trailed, going into the half down 31-46.
Looking to overcome the deficit, DC came out in the third and had a three from Cory Tillery. But, unfortunately for the Tigers, the Panthers came back from the break just as hot. Continuing their run, Langston Hughes led at the end of three 45-62.
Although late, the Tigers finally started recouping and banking some much needed shots. Pulling within five with 5:18 on the clock, the Tigers were poised for a major comeback. Even though it looked as if DC could rally, the Panthers took control of the final minutes and the Tigers would have to leave with a 81-72 loss.
K’Ja Johnson led DC in scoring with 27 points. The Tigers will be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to East Coweta for a region game. Girls start at 6 p.m. and boys will follow.