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Both DCHS basketball teams headed to state tournament
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The Lady Tigers were able to qualify for their second straight State Tournament last Saturday when they defeated Fannin County 57-40 in the first round of the Region Tournament.

It is great to be able to say back to back after getting this win today, said Steve Sweat, DCHSs head girls basketball coach, after the game. We made it to the State Tournament two years in a row.

The Lady Tigers secured an early 19-16 lead in a fast paced first quarter. Dawson County maintained a 28-25 lead going into halftime. In the second half, the Lady Tigers benefitted from solid shooting to outscore the Lady Rebels 29-15. Combined with their press defense, the Lady Tigers were able to get the job done on the offensive side of the court.

Dawson County had three players in double digits versus Fannin County. Sheyenne Seabolt led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 18 points. Ashley Parker added 13 points and Karlie Bearden contributed 11 points in the victory. Haley Burgess knocked down eight points and Jordan Moore hit for six points to help the Lady Tigers win.

This group of girls have fought really hard this year to get back to State, Sweat said. I told the girls that I didnt care if we won any quarter, as long as we were ahead at the end of the game.

At press time, the Lady Tigers were set to face off against Buford in the second round of the Region Tournament on Monday, Feb. 17. A win in the semifinal match up would allow the Lady Tigers an opportunity to battle it out for the Region Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

The victory versus Fannin County automatically gives Dawson County a spot in the State Tournament, but the Lady Tigers are hoping to finish out the Region Tournament in high style by taking home the Region Tournament Championship trophy.

Update: The Lady Tigers girls basketball team lost Mondays away game against Buford, 47-40.

The Tigers of Dawson County were able to secure themselves a spot in the State Tournament with a 44-31 victory over North Hall in the first round of the Region Tournament.

Dawson County has made it to the State Tournament in seven of the last eight seasons.

I am very proud of this team, said Thad Burgess, DCHSs head boys basketball coach. We have played great defense and have rebounded strong every night. That shows great effort by our players. Tonights win over North Hall was definitely an example of that. It feels really good to know that we are moving on.

The Tigers jumped on top of North Hall from the start. Solid shooting and stingy defense allowed Dawson County to get out to an early 13-5 lead after the first quarter. The Tigers maintained a nine point lead going into halftime, and never looked back from there.

Cameron Millholland showcased his talent and leadership throughout the game. If there was a loose ball, Millholland was there. Sam Muenchens rebounding on the offensive and defensive sides helped the Tigers get extra opportunities while limiting North Halls offense to one shot each possession.

Millholland led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points. Muenchen contributed 10 points for the Tigers in the victory.

Both Millholland and Muenchen are playing at high levels for Dawson County. The players games have improved significantly over the last few weeks of the regular season. In the first round of the Region Tournament, Millholland and Muenchen were the key to the Tigers success.

At press time, the Tigers were set to battle it out with East Hall in the semifinals at Buford.

We had two really good battles with East Hall this year, Burgess said. It should be another great game. We have great chemistry and play well together. Our support from the community and school has been great. This is a fun time of the season.

The win over North Hall qualified the Tigers for the State Tournament, but Dawson County is taking each game one at a time with the goal of winning each one.