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Lady Tigers build skills, chemistry at camp
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The Lady Indians ended their summer workouts with some serious competition to test their off-season skills.

Two dozen team members represented Dawson County at the Georgia College basketball camp recently as both the varsity and JV squads experienced a rigorous lineup of eight games in three days.

The Lady Tigers JV team finished with an impressive undefeated record, including a victory over the Warren County varsity squad.

Playing in a field of top-notch opponents, the Dawson County varsity team went 6-2 overall at the camp, including several wins over teams from much larger schools, such as Houston County (Region 2-AAAAA), Loganville (8-AAAAA), and Baldwin (2-AAAA).

The Lady Tigers also had a hard-fought loss in overtime by two points to Sprayberry (Region 5-AAAA), a game in which Dawson battled back from a 15-point deficit in the second half to tie the score.

We had a great week, said Dawson County head coach Steve Sweat. The competition was everything I thought it would be.

Although the camp games featured a running clock in the two 20-minute halves, the final couple of minutes of each game were played like a regular game, with the clock stopping for fouls, possession changes, etc.

This allowed the Lady Tigers to test themselves under pressure situations, something they practiced for weeks before the camp.

I feel like we have improved individually and as a team over the summer, said coach Sweat.

The Lady Tigers showed an improvement in team defense, mixing up the defensive schemes during the camp, Sweat added.

Individually, Dawson County saw solid post play from sophomores Sheyenne Seabolt and Ashley Parker, who both saw time in varsity games last season and handled the tall competitors at the summer camp very well. In addition, senior wing player Kacie Bearden knocked down several important three-pointers.

The rest of the seniors also had their moments to shine, including guards Carly Gilreath and Hannah Porter, wing players Kacie Bearden and Whitney Glover, and post players Allie Costley and Kenna Seitz.

Perhaps just as important as the competition was the fact that the team members were able to spend time and bond together, contributing to the ever-important team chemistry.