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Ladies stand at 17-2

Ranked No. 8 in Class AAA

POSTED: January 22, 2013 3:29 p.m.
Ryan Coker Dawson Community News/

Karlie Bearden tries to dribble around a defender during a recent game. The Lady Tigers are currently 17-2 on the season and are ranked No. 8 in Class AAA.

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The Class AAA No. 8-ranked Dawson County Lady Tigers won three games last week.

Coach Steve Sweat's team improved its record to 17-2 with wins over West Hall, Fannin County and Rabun County.

The victories over West Hall and Fannin County were in Region 7-AAA play.

Dawson County is currently 6-2 in the region.

On Tuesday night the Lady Tigers played host to West Hall.

Despite a close first quarter, Dawson led 14-13, Sweat's team came alive on offense in the second quarter and outscored the Lady Spartans 19-7 to take a commanding 33-20 lead at halftime.

"The best part about this game is that we came out with a region win, which is hard to get all the time in our region," Sweat said.

Carly Gilreath and Sheyenne Seabolt scored in double digits with 15 and 13 points respectively to lead the Lady Tigers.

Seabolt also pulled down six rebounds.

Also scoring for Dawson County were: Ashley Parker with seven points, Karlie Bearden added five points, Kenna Seitz with four points and Hannah Porter, Allie Costley and Haley Burgess each had three points.

Burgess, a freshman, played in her first varsity game and connected on a three-pointer for her first career points.

Friday saw the Lady Tigers play a tough Fannin County team at the Ford E. Phillips gymnasium.

Dawson County used a huge third quarter, where the team outscored the Lady Rebels, 22-6, to take command of a close game. The Lady Tigers won by a score of 44-25.

Both teams played a controlled first half with Dawson County barely leading 22-19 after two quarters of play.

"We could not get our shot's to fall in the first half, but we came out in the third and put 22 points on the board," Sweat said.

The Lady Rebels would not quit, the team poured on the offense in the fourth quarter to outscore the Lady Tigers 19-9.

Dawson County placed 10 players in the scoring column. The team was led by senior point guard Carly Gilreath with 15 points.

"Carly did a great job finishing out the game at the point guard position," Sweat said.

Sophomore post player Sheyenne Seabolt also played well on offense, contributing 14 points.

Rounding out the scoring for the Lady Tigers were: Kacie Bearden - six points, Hannah Porter and Karlie Bearden - five points each, Whitney Glover, Kenna Seitz and Allie Costley contributed two points each and Ashley Parker and H. Burgess scored one point each.

Costley led the team in rebounding, pulling down nine boards.

Saturday saw the Lady Tigers play in Philips Arena in Atlanta against a talented Rabun County Lady Wildcats team.

Both teams had a great first half offensively, with Dawson County holding a slight 33-30 lead at halftime.

Once again the Lady Tigers used a huge third quarter to pull away 54-39.

Dawson County held on to its lead in the fourth quarter to pick up the team's seventeenth win of the season.

"We were blessed to be able to play our game against Rabun County at Philips Arena. A great time was had by all. The girls got to play on the Hawks floor and we won the game. It is always a good day when you can get a win over a good team like Rabun County," Sweat said.

Seabolt led the Lady Tigers with 22 points. Gilreath added 20 points in the win.

Finishing out the scoring for Dawson County were: Karlie Bearden and Costley with eight points each, Kacie Bearden scored three and Parker contributed two points.

Costley pulled down 13 rebounds in the team's victory.

Both Sweat and boys coach Thad Burgess would like to thank all the fans that bought tickets to the game at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The coaches said that the support makes a huge difference in their team's play.

Dawson County will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at home against East Hall.

 

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