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Girls basketball finishes second in region
Lady Tigers to host first round of state tourney
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Kaylee Sticker drives past three East Hall defenders during the second round of the Region 7-AAA tournament. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The all-region teams for girls and boys basketball as voted on by the region coaches were released last week for Region 7-AAA.

The Dawson County Lady Tigers had two players named to the team-Kaylee Sticker and Abi Chatham with Calli Watson named as an honorable mention.

On the boys' side, juniors Cullen Reed and Jeremiah Crumley were a part of the first team all-region.

The girls' player of the year was Kylah Mize of East Hall.

The boys' player of the year was Zach Pulley of Lumpkin County.

Girls Basketball Region 7-AAA All-Region Team
Player of the Year - Kylah Mize - East Hall

1. Kaylee Sticker - Dawson County
2. Abi Chatham - Dawson County
3. Carly Winters - East Hall
4. Hope Franklin - Fannin County
5. Robyn Benton - GAC
6. Taylor Sutton - GAC
7. Lexi Mann - GAC
8. Caria Reynolds - GAC
9. Tamia Lewis - GAC
10. Sadie Cleveland - North Hall
11. Taylor Anne Kelley - North Hall
12. Mackenzie Pulley - Lumpkin County
13. Bailey Daniels - Union County

Honorable Mention
Calli Watson - Dawson County, Summer Lindsey - East Hall, Makenzie McClure - Fannin County, Catie Mosley - Fannin County, Kennedi Williams - GAC, Holly Foster - Lumpkin County, Rylie Vaughan - Lumpkin County, Tatum McQuillen - North Hall, Caroline Hearn - North Hall, Ashley Fair - Union County, Kaitlyn Carter - Union County

7-AAA Boys All-Region Team
Player of the Year- Zach Pulley- Lumpkin Co.

1. Crawford Colwell- Union Co.
2. Alden Lewallen - North Hall
3. Charlie O'Briant- GAC
4. Jacob Zarate- Lumpkin Co.
5. Logan Holt-Fannin
6. Evan Evaston- North Hall
7. Chris Hinton- GAC
8. Cullen Reed- Dawson Co.
9. Jermiah Crumley- Dawson Co.
10. Sedrion Morse- East Hall
11. Luke Cooper- East Hall
12. Mahki Brown- East Hall
13. Hunter McIntosh- GAC

Honorable Mention- Lawson Baenninger Union, Deonte Evans-East Hall, Luke Holtzclaw-East Hall, Roy Dixon GAC, Justin Rabb- North Hall, Jake Meeer-North Hall, Alec Volle-North Hall



The Dawson County Lady Tigers not only earned a spot in the state tournament, the team will host the first round after their runner-up finish in the Region 7-AAA tournament over the weekend.

In the first round of the tournament, the Lady Tigers reversed their fortune against the Lady Panthers of Union County.

After losing to Union at home on Jan. 3, Dawson was able to get a win over Union at Greater Atlanta Christian, soundly defeating the Lady Panthers 50-23.

"I believe it was a ‘want to' issue," said Head Coach Steve Sweat about the win. "Last week Union wanted it more than we did. You have to be ready mentally and physically to play games the way they should be played. We were playing for a chance to not go home, make it to the region finals and to qualify for the state tournament. I was very proud of the effort shown by the girls on Tuesday."

The win earned the team a spot in the state tournament for Class AAA for the fifth straight year.

That win also put the Lady Tigers into the semifinal round of the Region 7-AAA tournament where they defeated the East Hall Vikings, 58-42 at Union County.

Sweat called it one of the best overall efforts from his team this year.

Earlier in the season the Lady Tigers lost by 1 point to the Lady Vikings at East Hall and lost again to them on their home court.

The victory over East Hall sent the team to the championship game of the tournament where they faced the Lady Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian. Dawson County lost 63-34.

In the second quarter of the matchup against the Lady Panthers on Feb. 7, Anna Lowe's defense proved effective on both ends as she picked up a steal and then on the ensuing play had two separate blocks.

Abi Chatham hit a 3-pointer from the top left and a Marlie Townley rebound and baseball pass to Kaylee Sticker on the next play provided another basket.

Chatham also picked up a steal that she would convert in the second and the Lady Tigers went to half with a 26-16 lead.

Sticker and Chatham led the scoring with 11 points each in the contest. Watson added 9.

Calli Watson hit a three early in the third quarter and Dawson had the Lady Panthers doubled up with 4:50 in the third at 32-16.

The Lady Tigers then scored four baskets to Union's one before the third ended with the lead 40-18.

Sweat said the girls were ready to play.

Sticker and Chatham scored 11 points each and Watson had 9.

In the second round of the tournament, the Lady Tigers upset the Lady Vikings at Union County.

The game was close most of the way, but the Lady Tigers outscored East hall 21-5 in the final period of play.

Lowe started the scoring for the Lady Tigers with an easy 2 points in the paint and picked up a rebound on the next possession.

Two plays later, Lowe had a huge block and then picked up a rebound and another 2 points on her way to 17 in the game.

After one period, East Hall led 15-12.

Sticker was knocked down on a 3-pointer that she drained, but could not convert the extra point in the second. She scored 23 points on the night.

The Lady Tigers went to half tied with the Lady Vikings at 23.

Emma Brown put in two down low on her way to 12 in the game.

Lowe added another block on the next defensive trip before picking up a rebound and Sticker adding another 2 points.

After a timeout in the third with a thin lead for the Lady Vikings, East hall hit a three and Lowe answered with two more before Sticker added a three.

Lowe had another block and Sticker went to the line.

Watson hustled to come up with a loose ball and fed it to Sticker for a quick lay up to tie the game at 37.

Watson gave the Lady Tigers the lead on a put back.

In the final period, Lowe converted on a 3-point play and Sticker and Lowe traded baskets underneath before the Lady Vikings started fouling down the stretch.

During the championship game on Feb. 11, the Lady Spartans shooting power proved to be too much for Dawson.

Sticker had 16 points in the game and Lowe had 7. Brown, Chatham and Watson all added 3.

After one quarter, the Lady Spartans had a 20-14 lead that would grow to 17 points by half.

Chatham opened up the third with a long 3-pointer from up top and Marlie Townley grabbed a rebound and an assist with Sticker putting in 2 points underneath.

GAC answered with a three.

At the end of three, the lead was 53-27 for the Lady Spartans.

Watson fed Lowe underneath for 2 points and did the same with Brown a couple of plays later.

With 2:30 to play, the Lady Spartans slowed the pace and spread out the floor.

Despite the loss, Sweat was pleased with the Lady Tigers' efforts in the tournament.

"Being able to play in the state tournament is exciting enough, but being able to play a state game in your gym is special," Sweat said.

Dawson County will host Lovett at p.m. on Feb. 17 at DCHS.

"They have players who can score from the outside and inside. We are going to have to play real good to beat them," he said.