The Dawson County boys and girls varsity basketball teams wrapped up the Roger Slaton Memorial in style on Monday, Nov. 21, with the girls displaying a complete performance in a 72-4 win over Towers before the boys showed their determination in a 71-65 win over Model.
With both Tigers teams looking to build momentum going into the Thanksgiving break, the coaches sought consistency from their players.
While the Lady Tigers used the game against Towers as an opportunity to fine-tune their offense with the first region game looming, the boys team were facing a tougher test in Model before playing against an even tougher East Forsyth team the next night.(Story continues below)
Jaci Wilson led the girls team with a 14-point performance, using her accuracy in the paint to finish off the quick-passing motions of the Lady Tigers offense. She also used her height to have a strong defensive performance.
Abby Samples-Slaton continued her hot scoring start to the season with 13 points while Kirklyn Porter contributed 10.
Every active player on the roster scored for the Lady Tigers against Towers.
“We have a lot of kids who can score,” head coach Will Anglin said. “We try to play fast and we can score inside and score outside. I thought the kids handled business, moved it around and took what the defense gave them.”
Head coach Todd Cottrell and the boys team faced a Model side with a significant height advantage that proved to be a challenge early on.
While the Tigers scored most of their first-half points from distance, the collective defensive effort gradually wore the visitors down.
This allowed the Dawson offense take chances on the inside, with several players finding success right under the rim.
Juniors Trey Harvey and Caden Reed led the charge with 21 points each while Ethan Parker scored 12 points after a big second half.
“The biggest thing I wanted to see from our guys is to continue to play with confidence, poise and composure,” Cottrell said. “If we compete, we have a chance to be decent.”
The Tigers would need that composure early on, facing a towering center on Model who stood at 6-foot-9.
While that center had early success, Dawson’s consistent defensive pressure on him and the rest of Model’s team eventually forced the visitors to mix up their gameplan.
Between the defensive effort and timely jump shots from Harvey, Reed and Joshua Priest, the Tigers took a 35-33 lead into halftime.
The third quarter proved to be decisive in the outcome of the game, with Dawson’s defense forcing mistakes out of Model, allowing the Tigers offense more time on the ball.
This resulted in Dawson outsourcing Model 20-8 in the third quarter to lead 55-45 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tigers would continue to find offensive success, hanging on to win 71-65.
“We knew once we had the lead that we had to protect it,” Reed said. “After we had that spark in the third quarter it was time to hold onto that lead.”
The boys team would lose the following night to East Forsyth 87-64 in a game played at the University of North Georgia.
The DCHS varsity teams will pick back up on Friday, Dec. 2, with a non-region visit to East Jackson before hosting their region opening games against West Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 6.