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Lady Tigers finish perfect week in victory
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The winning ways continued for the Lady Tigers last week as the girls basketball squad notched three-straight wins, including a victory over Rabun County at Phillips Arena.

To begin the week, Dawson topped two Region 7-AAA opponents to keep their position just behind Buford in the region race.

Ranked No. 8 in Class AAA, the Lady Tigers now sit at 17-2 overall and 6-2 in region play.

Hosting West Hall (6-7), Dawson had to overcome a Lady Spartans team that came to make an impact.

But Carly Gilreath and Sheyenne Seabolt came to make an impact as well as Gilreath led Dawson with 15 points, while Seabolt grabbed six rebounds to go with 13 points.

After a close battle in the first quarter that Dawson led 14-13, the Lady Tigers broke through with a 19-7 run to take a 33-20 lead at the half and went on to a 53-32 win.

Ashley Parker finished with seven points, while freshman Haley Burgess, in her first varsity game, sank a three-pointer to score the first points of her varsity career.

When Fannin County came to town, the Lady Rebels were ready to prove that they were better than their 4-13 record indicates.

They jumped out to a 14-9 lead before Dawson could get a handle on making shots.

But the Lady Tigers managed to inch ahead 22-19 at intermission and then went on a tear, scoring 22 points in the third period alone to grab a 44-25 advantage.

Holding on for the 53-44 win, Dawson won its third game in the past four meetings against Fannin.

It was Gilreath leading the charge again for Dawson with 15 points, while Seabolt added 14.

Allie Costley was hard to handle on the boards with nine rebounds. Kacie Bearden finished with six points, while Hannah Porter and Karlie Bearden chipped in five points apiece.

In Saturdays game against Rabun County at Phillips Arena, the two teams started out in a high-scoring contest, just as Dawson head coach Steve Sweat expected.

After leading 17-15 in the first quarter, the Lady Tigers couldnt shake the Wildcats by halftime, taking a 33-30 lead into the half.

But the third period was a different story, as Dawson used a 21-9 run to build a generous lead before taking the 63-53 win.

Rabun defeated Dawson on two occasions last season and finished 23-6.

It is always a good day when you can get a win over a good team like Rabun County, Sweat commented.

Seabolt and Gilreath continued their strong play with 22 and 20 points respectively, while Allie Costley nearly had a double-double with 13 rebounds and eight points.

Next for the Lady Tigers will be a home game against region foe East Hall this Friday.

On Tuesday, Dawson will be looking to stay ahead of Banks County in the region standings as the the Lady Tigers travel to Homer to take on the Leopards.