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Lady Tigers continue to play hard

POSTED: February 3, 2009 3:47 p.m.
Photo/Pam Jacobs/

Sophmore Lady Tiger guard Jessi Phillips leads a fast break against North Forsyth. Phillips finished the game with 6 points in the 58-35 loss Saturday.

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It was another long week for Head Coach Steve Sweat and the Lady Tiger varsity basketball team.

  

Dawson lost both games it played last week to Fannin County, 39-12, and to non-region rival North Forsyth, 58-35.

  

With the two losses, Dawson has currently dropped seven straight games. The Lady Tigers currently have a 4-14 overall record for the season.

  

This week, the Lady Tigers traveled to Jefferson yesterday, no score was available at press time, before hosting Union County on Friday. It will be the first meeting this season with the Jefferson Lady Dragons. The Lady Tigers lost to Union 46-49 in mid-January.

  

Fannin County quickly jumped ahead of the Lady Tigers in Blue Ridge last Tuesday and Dawson could never recover.

  

The Lady Rebels connected on almost every shot, to lead 13-2 after only one quarter of play.

  

Dawson seemed to recover from the long trip north and dug down defensively.

  

The Lady Tigers limited Fannin to only 12 points combined, 6 in each quarter, in the second and third quarters.

  

But it was the Dawson offense that was anemic. Offensively, the Lady Tigers simply just couldn’t hit a shot.

  

“We had all kinds of chances to score,” said Sweat. “We just couldn’t get anything to fall. Defensively, we shut them down for two quarters, but offensively we didn’t get the job done.”

  

The Lady Tigers were able to score only two points in the first quarter, four points in the second quarter, three points in the third quarter, and three points in the fourth quarter for a total of 12 total points for the contest.

  

Caroline Callahan led Fannin with 11 points.

  

In 2005, the Lady Tigers only scored 11 points in a 43-11 loss to AAAAA Duluth. Dawson rebounded later in the year to defeat the Lady Wildcats 40-28.

  

Lady Tiger scorers:  Jessi Phillips-4; Jade Hyde-4; Judith Hall-2; Christian Daniel-1 and Natalie Parker-1.

  

North Forsyth traveled from Coal Mountain Saturday to face the Lady Tigers.

  

North was in the midst of an 11-game losing streak with their last win coming Dec. 27 against Lumpkin County, 63-53.

  

The Lady Raiders play in Region 7-AAAAA, which many coaches say may be the toughest of any region in the state.

  

The Lady Raiders started the game in a full-court press and raced out to an early 22-6 lead.

  

Senior Andrea Garnard was on fire. The senior finished the game with 12 points to lead all scorers.

  

North didn’t let up in the second quarter outscoring Dawson 20-11 to open up an insurmountable 42-17 lead at halftime.

  

The Lady Tiger defense forced several turnovers in the third and fourth quarters. It wasn’t enough, as once again Dawson had troubles offensively.

  

Both teams emptied their benches in the second half, allowing players to get some experience in a varsity game.

  

Morgan Bennett led the Lady Tigers, scoring in double digits with 12 from her point guard position.

  

Lady Tiger scorers:  Bennett-12; Jessi Phillips-6; Amanda Sheriff-4; Erin Gordon-3; Kaitlyn Pain-3; Kimberly Wallace-2; Morgan Huber-2; Christian Daniel-2 and Maddy Walters-1.

  

E-mail Pam Jacobs at sports@dawsonnews.com.

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