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BASKETBALL: Lady Tigers keep West Hall to just six points in season finale victory
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Abby Samples-Slaton dribbles down the court during the 64-6 victory against West Hall on Friday, Feb. 5 to end the 2020-2021 regular season. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Lady Tigers put on a defensive show on Friday, Feb. 6, holding West Hall to just six total points throughout the game, earning a 64-6 victory to end the regular season.

Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick cycled players in-and-out in groups of five all night, which led to 11 different players scoring, 12 different players rebounding the ball, 11 players recording an assist and eight different players stealing the ball on defense. 

Though the scoring was distributed amongst the team, Jaci Wilson reached double-digits for a game-high 10 points. She was a force in the paint on both offense and defense, blocking two West shots. 

The Lady Tigers stole the ball 17 times, with Abby Samples-Slaton, Emma Walls, Emma Grace McCarron and Cydney Cunningham making three steals. The team also recorded 21 assists. Kirklyn Porter led with four and both Bella Henson and McCarron had three. 

This was the Lady Tigers second largest margin of victory this season, second to the first game played against West Hall on Jan. 27 when the Lady Tigers won 82-15, scoring a season-high in points. 

The Lady Tigers won on Tuesday night at Cherokee Bluff High School 44-38, ending the season after winning their last four region games. 

Maddie Anglin scored 18 points, tallying her 1,000th career point with Dawson County. Mariah Benson held her ground in the paint on both sides of the court, scoring 13 points and blocking four shots. 

The final four region victories helped the Lady Tigers (13-11, 5-7 in region 7-3A) tie North Hall High School for the number four seed headed into the region tournament. A coin flip on Saturday determined North Hall will host the first round matchup on Thursday, Feb. 11. 

The winner clinches a berth in the GHSA 3-A state tournament and moves on to play number one seed Lumpkin County in the region 7-3A semi-finals on Saturday, Feb. 13. 

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