The Dawson County Lady Tigers bounced back from a tough road loss to rivals Lumpkin County last week when they picked up wins over Fannin County at home and Forsyth Central over the weekend.
“The girls have worked really hard to bounce back from the loss,” said Head Coach Steve Sweat.
Dawson lost to Lumpkin 46-39, defeated Fannin and won again on the road over Forsyth Central.
On Dec. 12 the Lady Tigers traveled to Dahlonega and from early on, the Lady Indian shooters were on. In the first period, they hit four 3-pointers.
Chloe Bennett got two down low for the Lady Tigers in the second before Calli Watson hit from beyond the arc. Sophia d’Oliveira would add a three of her own but Lumpkin had a 27-18 lead heading to the half.
At the start of the third Mackenzie Pulley would drain another 3-pointer and continue to set the tone.
Late in the third Watson would add another three and finish the night with four of them and 12 points total.
In the final period it looked like the Lady Tigers would turn things around after another Watson shot and a Kati Brady drive for two more. Bennett would pick up a steal and score off the turnover to bring the Lady Tigers to within 3 points.
After a Lumpkin timeout, another Pulley three shifted the momentum back.
Emma Brown finished the game with 7 points and Bennett had 6.
It was Dawson’s second loss of the season.
On Dec. 15 the Lady Tigers hosted the Fannin County Lady Rebels to pick up their first region win of the season.
At the start, Cadey Ayers grabbed a rebound and got the ball out to Watson who hit a 3-pointer. From there the Lady Rebels scored on three trips down with Dawson turnovers in between.
Sophia d’Oliveira entered the game for Dawson and gave an offensive spark immediately driving to the basket picking up two but missing on the foul shot to go with it.
Brown would hit from under the basket spinning out on the next offensive trip and then again from the free throw line.
The next three drives by the Lady Tigers saw d’Oliveira drive in a score twice and pick up a foul on the third.
With the 14-9 lead going into the second, Watson started again with a three and Anna Lowe would pick up 2 points underneath before repeating and drawing a foul.
The Lady Tigers had a 33-15 lead at half.
The Lady Rebels fought back in the third period, outscoring Dawson 12-7, but the Lady Tigers final push would give them the 52-37 home win.
Between the girls and boys varsity games, former basketball players and cheerleaders from DCHS were honored during Alumni Night festivities.
“I thought it was great because I got to see some of ‘my girls’ that I don’t get to see very much,” Sweat said. “It also shows how much Dawson County cares about basketball, our school and our community.”
Dawson County went on the road Dec. 16 to face Forsyth Central.
The teams were knotted at 12 after the first period, but Watson’s two 3-pointers in the second along with the efforts of Brown down low, the Lady Tigers were able to take a 28-24 lead before half.
Watson had 22 points in the game, a season high. Brown added 12 and Ayers had 7 points.
Dawson outscored Forsyth Central 31-16 in the second half on the way to the 59-40 victory.
The win takes the team to 6-2 overall and 1-1 in region play.
Dawson traveled to White County on Monday and West Hall on Tuesday, but results were not available of press time.
The Lady Tigers will travel over Christmas break to play in the Holiday on the Hardwood tournament in Cherokee, NC Dec. 27-29.