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Basketball teams see senior night success
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Sophomore Trey Harvey attempts a three-point shot against West Hall. Harvey led all players with 34 points. - photo by Rio White

A pair of dominant senior night performances against West Hall wrapped up the regular season for the Dawson County High School boys and girls basketball teams, as they established momentum heading into their Region 7-AAA tournaments.

Seniors Ella Siuta, Jackson Binkley, Teagan Rhodes, Luke Mulberry, Lane Perry, Bruce McDowell, River Goodman and Tristan Talley were all honored during the night’s festivities.

For the girls team, the possibility to become the fourth seed in the region — and earn a first-round bye in the tournament — was on the line.

Right out of the gate, the Lady Tigers found open space both inside the paint and on the perimeter, with junior guard Kirklyn Porter scoring 11 of the team’s opening 20 points. 

That early offensive success led to a 25-0 lead after the first quarter, and the unanswered scoring would continue until the Lady Tigers reached 34 points. After Porter’s early run of scoring, a few other players joined in from three-point range, including Kindra Coker and Abby Slaton.

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Freshman Eva Bishop (35) looks for a teammate inside the paint during the game against West Hall. - photo by Rio White

With a 42-2 lead at halftime, Dawson County continued to distribute the ball efficiently and had all players on the roster on the scoresheet by the end of the game.

After one final three-point shot by Coker at the buzzer, the Lady Tigers won their crucial senior night game 61-7. Porter led all players with 14 total points.

Shortly after the game ended, news came in that North Hall won their game, confirming that Dawson County remained the fifth seed in the region and would host a rematch against eighth-seeded West Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 8.

The boys team secured consecutive victories for the first time this season by defeating West Hall 86-61. While the first half saw a tight game with neither team compromising, the Tigers found a couple of bursts of momentum in the second half to pull away.

“I think we came out pretty strong in the second half,” senior Luke Mulberry said. “We were able to use our in-shapeness to keep us pushing forward and staying motivated.”

The several seniors on the Dawson County squad played well — and with visible passion — throughout the game, but it was sophomore Trey Harvey who stole the show with 34 points.

Anywhere he was on the court, Harvey found the space to shoot and took his opportunities well.  He was just as effective off the ball, helping set up shots during possessions and showing his abilities as a vocal leader.

The first quarter ended with the Spartans leading 19-17, but the constant offensive pressure by the Tigers paid off, turning a two-point deficit into a 38-29 lead at the half. 

More of the same success allowed Dawson County to lead by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but a late push by West Hall closed the gap to 60-53.

The Tigers would not allow another push by the Spartans for the remainder of the game, scoring 13 points within the first four minutes of the final quarter. Harvey and company would close the door on the defensive end, only allowing West  Hall to score eight points in the fourth quarter.

The boys team secured the fifth seed in the region after this win and will play on Tuesday, Feb. 8, against East Forsyth, who the Tigers won against previously.