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Habersham outlasts Lady Tigers again
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Cadey Ayers defends against Lainey Gosnell of Habersham Central during last weeks home game. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

Last month when the Dawson County High School girls' basketball team traveled to Habersham Central High School, the Lady Raiders were able to pull ahead late in the game and get the win.

When Habersham visited Dawson on Dec. 19, they did it a second time.

During their matchup in November, the Lady Raiders outscored Dawson Count 21-6 in the final period.

This time they outscored the Lady Tigers 24-6 in the last quarter of play to get the 51-43 win.

"We needed to keep doing what we had been doing because it had kept us in the lead," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "We got hesitant and tight with the ball against their press."

Dawson jumped out quickly in the first quarter to a 7-3 lead off a Callie Watson 3-pointer and two Kaylee Sticker shots and Habersham called a timeout to talk about it.

The next two possessions saw the Lady Raiders hit a three and a two underneath to take the lead.

Dawson was able to answer and had a 12-10 lead after the first quarter of play.

The second quarter was another period of back and forth after a Habersham three and a steal and score, the Lady Tigers broke the pressure and Marlie Townley picked up an easy two underneath.

Townley also pulled down multiple rebounds on the defensive end and Cadey Ayers scored underneath twice.

An Anna Lowe block gave the ball back to Dawson and Abi Chatham's three put Dawson County back on top going to half by a score of 25-22.

The Lady Tigers dominated in quarter three, outscoring Habersham 11-5 on a Watson three, a Sticker drive that sent her to the line for two and a Townley steal to set up a Chatham drive for two.

At the end of three, Dawson had a 37-27 lead.

The Lady Raiders hit a 3-pointer and Dawson turned the ball over before Habersham added another two.

Lowe had another block and created a turn over, but Habersham returned the favor with pressure.

The Lady Raiders went to the line nine times in the final period.

The Lady Tigers are 3-9 overall and 2-1 in Region 7-AAA.

The team faced Stephens County in the opening round of the Commerce Christmas Classic basketball tournament, but results were not available as of press time.

Junior Varsity

The JV girls' team had a solid outing against the Lady Raiders of Habersham, defeating the team 41-18 at home on Dec. 19.

Seven Lady Tigers got points on the board with Kenedy Moledor leading the scoring with 10 points.

Avery Young added 8 points and Townley had 7.

Mattie Grant and Maggie Schandera both put up 6.

Kendall Martin had a block in the third quarter and Chloe Bennett came up with a steal as well as a forced turnover on a trap with Martin.

At the end of the third quarter, Townley picked up a steal and had a baseball pass to Bennett at the opposite end to put one in before the buzzer.

Avery had a 4-point play in the final period when she was fouled on her three.

The team will play at 4 p.m. on Jan. 6 at East Hall.