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BASKETBALL: Dawson County Tigers to host winter tournament this week
Jake Craft drains a three-pointer in a game against Franklin County High School on Dec. 3. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Tigers basketball program will host a men’s and women’s four-team basketball tournament at Dawson County High School on Dec. 28 and 29.

Both the men’s and women’s tournament will feature four teams and every team will get to play two games; one game on the 28th and one game on the 29th. The two winners of both tournaments will play against each other in the championship on Tuesday. 

The Lady Tigers (5-2) will be the only 3-A school in the women’s tournament. The tournament will be the first games the Lady Tigers have played since Dec. 8. Head coach Eric Herrick and other players tested positive for COVID-19 and had to cancel a number of games at the end of the semester. 

The Lady Tigers will play North Gwinnett High School from Suwanee in their first-round matchup at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 28. The Lady Bulldogs (5-7) and the Lady Tigers have both played Creekview High School this season, and both schools won by single-digits. Though the Lady Bulldogs play a 7-A region schedule, the Lady Tigers definitely have the talent to win the game and move on to the championship. 

Sequoyah High School from Canton, and Discovery High School from Lawrenceville, will be the other two schools in the women’s bracket. The 6-A Lady Chiefs of Sequoyah are ranked #16 in 6-A by Maxpreps and played North Gwinnett earlier in the season, beating them 71-38. The Lady Chiefs (3-3) average 61.3 points per game this season and will be the Lady Tigers’ toughest opponent. 

The Lady Titans of Discovery are 5-2 this year and are carrying a four-game win streak into the tournament. They have no common opponents with anyone else in the tournament and will be a wild card to look out for. 

Both winners will play in Tuesday’s championship game at 6 p.m. The other two teams will face off in a consolation game at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. 

In the men’s bracket, the Tigers will also be the only 3-A school in their side of the bracket. The Tigers (5-5) will face off against Alpharetta High School on Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Raiders (2-6) are a 7-A school that has allowed only 68.2 points per game on average. Both schools beat Franklin County earlier this season by a single-digit margin. The Tigers should have a good chance to move onto the championship game on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

The other matchup features Jackson County High School against Rockdale County High School. The Panthers of Jackson County are 5-2 this season but have yet to win a region game. The Bulldogs of Rockdale County are 4-3, but play a 6-A schedule while the Panthers play a 5-A schedule. Either team could move onto the championship game. 

No team is an easy opponent for Dawson County and fans should expect two days of competitive basketball. 

Please check for updates on the Dawson County Tigers’ games.