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BASKETBALL: The Tigers swept Day 1 of the Roger Slaton Memorial
Caden Reed looks to pass the ball during the opening game of the season. Reed would lead the Tigers to a bounce-back victory over Fidelis Christian with 29-point performance. - photo by Rio White

(Note: The second day of the Roger Slaton Memorial was on Monday, Nov. 21, after the DCN print deadline. For updates on those scores, visit our website at

After opening the season with home losses, the Dawson County boys and girls varsity basketball teams found the win column by sweeping the opening day of action in the Roger Slaton Memorial on Saturday, Nov. 19, against Fidelis Christian.

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Coming into Saturday, the girls team had followed up their opening loss to Creekview with a 56-41 road win at Flowery Branch on Tuesday, Nov. 15. 

The boys team narrowly lost at Flowery Branch in a 62-61 defeat and were looking to bounce back Saturday.

With both teams back at the Ford Phillips Center for the two-day Roger Slaton Memorial, the Tigers won in dominating fashion — the girls winning 66-14 and the boys winning 81-56.

In their romp of Fidelis, the Lady Tigers had significant contributions from nearly everyone on the roster — with all but two players scoring by the end of the game.

Junior Kindra Coker had the hot hand early, scoring eight points in the first quarter to help put the home team up 28-2. 

In the second quarter, junior Abby Samples-Slaton helped continue the aggressive start for Dawson, showing her shooting touch to wrap up the first half with 11 points. 

By the end of the game, Samples-Slaton would lead all scorers with 16 points. Coker finished with 10 points while Emma Grace McCarron scored 9 and Calleigh Lamb scored 8. 

The boys team took their near-miss experience against Flowery Branch and used it as fuel for a 25-point win over Fidelis — the same margin as their most recent win late last season against West Hall.

Junior Caden Reed found his stride with a 29-point performance in front of the home crowd. Sophomore Joshua Priest followed suit with 18 points while Trey Harvey scored 11 and Ethan Parker scored 7.

Both teams returned to the Ford Phillips Center this Monday, Nov. 21, to wrap up the Roger Slaton Memorial. The girls team played Whitefield Academy while the boys team played Model.