In two very different games on Jan. 25 both Dawson County basketball teams came away with wins in their visit with regional rival Lumpkin County High School. The Lady Tigers needed a fourth quarter push to grab the 56-53 victory, while the Tigers ran away with the second game by a final margin of 78-39.
Lady Tigers come from behind to beat Indians
Led by senior Kaylee Sticker, the Lady Tigers opened the first half with a fast-paced offense that pushed Lumpkin County to the edge but never quite pushed them over. The Lady Tigers took a slim 5-point lead into the locker room.
The lead changed hands in the third quarter as the Lady Indians managed to shut down Dawson County offense and took a 5-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Maddie Anglin opened up the game from the outside and Sticker re-established her presence in the lane to drive the come-from-behind effort and the Lady Tigers doubled up the Lady Indians 17-9 over the final eight minutes to finish off the season sweep with a final score of 56-53.
“We played some really good defense down the stretch,” Head Coach Steve Sweat said. “Especially after being behind by 5 at the end of the third quarter. I was really proud of the girls in the fourth quarter.”
The win moves the Lady Tigers to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in region 7-AAA. Combined with Greater Atlanta Christian’s surprising loss to Lumpkin County earlier this week, the win also keeps Dawson County alive in the race for first heading into the final week of the season.
Tigers win big over rival Indians
The Dawson County Tigers went on the road Jan. 25 to face regional foe and local rival the Lumpkin County Indians in a game with 7-AAA playoff implications.
With an aggressive interior game led by senior Luke Chism, punctuated by the occasional outside dagger from juniors Tate Adkins and Campbell Reed, the Tigers opened a commanding 49-22 lead at halftime and cruised to victory with a final score of 78-39.
Seniors Matt Seabolt and Jake Granger led the Indians in scoring with 10 and 11 points respectively.
Four Tigers put up double digits on the night with Chism in the lead at 20 points. Adkins finished the game with 13 and junior Bryson Broadway struck from downtown for 12 points. Reed closed out his night with 10 points.
The win completed Dawson County’s season sweep of the Indians and firmed up the Tiger’s grip on the second seed of the upcoming regional tournament as the 2018-2019 season enters its final week.
Dawson County returns home Jan. 28 for another critical regional game with the Cherokee Bluff Bears.