Alexia Douglas turns basketball games into track meets.
And that's easy to do, considering she is a state champion track star.
"We like to get up and down the court," the point guard said Thursday night after leading Brentwood to a 51-36 win over host Sachem North. "We're fast."
No one is faster than Douglas, a state champ in the 100-meter dash. On Thursday night, though, she started off slowly . . . shooting-wise, at least.
Douglas, who entered the game averaging 21.9 points and is on pace to become the program's all-time leading scorer by season's end, missed her first seven field-goal attempts.
So she turned the game into a relay rather than a dash, getting her teammates involved.
"She showed a lot of maturity in that she wasn't forcing stuff," Brentwood coach Chris Harrison said. "A year ago, she would have tried to go one-on-three. She doesn't have many off nights, so it's good that her teammates stepped up."
Destiny Brown scored nine of her 12 points in the first quarter, capped by a late three-pointer that gave Brentwood a 21-8 lead. Kallie Rae Jones and K'anndra Rhoden each added six points.
"We were hitting open shots, moving the ball, playing together," Brown said. "We were able to step up and convert when Alexia was missing some shots."
Annie Keenan led Sachem North (2-5) with 10 points. Lisa Galante, Eve Calabria and Jordan Ahmed each added eight.
Douglas found her shooting stroke in the second half, scoring 11 of her 14 points as Brentwood (6-1) began to run away with it.
She drained a corner three to open a 41-24 lead with 2:26 left in the third. She showed off her acceleration by grabbing a rebound and going coast-to-coast for a layup that made it 47-28 with 4:41 left. She then eluded defenders and drove the lane for an easy two to increase the lead to 21, the largest of the game.
"I know people can't really stay with me," said Douglas, who added seven rebounds and five assists. "So I try to switch it up, stop and go, change direction."
The Fordham-bound Douglas was even quicker with her hands Thursday night as she tallied nine steals. She repeatedly swiped the ball away from opponents, sparked fast breaks and found an open teammate in transition.
"We have a lot more options and a lot of different ways we can use people," Douglas said. "We're growing as a team."