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Coach hopes team picks up where it left off
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Dawson County defenders Lucas Pain, Jonathan Sanderson and Bruce Clark surround a player from North Forsyth during a recent game. The Tigers will play two games this week after a long Thanksgiving layoff. - photo by File photo

The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team has been impressive so far this season. Behind the play of Tyler Dominy, the Tigers have dominated their first two opponents.

Dawson County is currently 2-0 and riding high after defeating Tallulah Falls, 67-16, and Towns County, 64-22.

The Tigers haven't played since Nov. 19 and this was an area of concern for head coach Thad Burgess.

"I am a little worried about a long layoff during Thanksgiving," Burgess said. "Conditioning is always a concern when players are away from the court for any extended period of time."

Yesterday, Dawson County traveled to White County for the team's first road game of the season. The Warriors came into the game with a 2-1 record. White has wins over Hiwassee Dam, N.C., 72-38, and Union County, 49-47. The team's only loss of the season was against Holy Innocents, 44-27.

Results of the game against White County were unavailable at press time.

Friday, the team will host Gilmer County.

The Bobcats are undefeated at 3-0 after capturing first place in a Thanksgiving tournament before the holidays.

Gilmer has convincing wins over Pickens, Copper Basin, Tenn. and Fannin County.

"This week will be a challenging week with a game on the road at White County for our first road game of the season and then playing a much improved and good Gilmer County on Friday. We will know a lot more about our team after this week," Burgess said.

Burgess said he is proud of what his team has accomplished so far, but points out there is still a lot of basketball left to be played.

"I'm really pleased with the development so far from the new players, who are getting their varsity playing time," he said. "Hopefully our depth will continue to improve before region begins after Christmas."

Tip-off for the Gilmer game Friday will be at 8:30 p.m.