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Coach: Having a difficult time in all phases
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Tiger Cullen Reed takes a shot in an earlier game played this season. The Tigers just completed a tournament in Tennessee. - photo by File photo

The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team played in two Christmas tournaments during the last two weeks.

Head Coach Thad Burgess' team lost their last two games at the Mistletoe Madness Tournament at North Murray High School in Chatsworth Dec. 22-23.

Dawson County fell to a very good Dalton team by a score of 86-52 on Dec. 22. Then on Dec. 23 the Tigers dropped a close matchup with Northwest Whitfield by a 61-53 score.

The game with Northwest was tied at 26-26 at intermission.

The Bruins used a 22-11 third quarter to forge ahead 48-37. The Tigers kept fighting and outscored Northwest 16-14 in the final quarter, but it just wasn't enough.

Levi Whitmire led the way for Dawson County offensively against Northwest with 15 points.

Jackson Morgan also scored in double digits with 12 points in the game.

Burgess' team then traveled to Tennessee to play in the Holiday Mountain Top Classic in Lafayette, Tenn. after Christmas.

Dawson County lost the first game to Westmoreland, Tenn. by a 53-37 score.

The Tigers fell behind early, trailing 17-13 after one quarter of play.

Dawson County cut the lead down to 26-23 at halftime, but a strong third quarter allowed Westmoreland to take a 43-31 lead into the final eight minutes of play.

"We are having a very difficult time in all phases," Burgess said. "Our defense has been really poor, which is affecting our overall play. The coaching staff is just scrambling to find somewhere that we will be able to compete when we get back to region play. We need something good to happen to gain some type of confidence, but we are facing a couple more tough teams in Tennessee over the next couple of days."

The Tigers played Monday and Tuesday but scores weren't available at press time.

The team is currently 2-11 on the season. The Tigers will play their next game against St. Anne-Pacelli on Jan. 2 in Dawsonville.