Dawson County basketball was well represented at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Junior and Senior All-Star Classic at Brunswick High School March 23 as the Tigers sent three players and three coaches to participate in an event that Athletic Director Jason Gibson referred to as “a really big deal.”
After an incredible season that saw him cross 2,000 points in his career, capture a regional title from arch-rival GACS and lead the Tigers to an historic Elite Eight appearance in the 2018-19 GHSA State Tournament, senior Luke Chism was almost a shoo-in to represent Dawson County as a member of the GACA Senior North All-Star team.
Although mixed in with a group of unfamiliar athletes, Chism had the advantage of being familiar with the coaching staff as Head Coach Chad Pittman, and assistant coaches Michael Parker and Will Anglin were all three named to coach this year’s All-Star team.
“Coaching an All-Star game is definitely different,” Parker said. “Obviously, there is a ton of talent, and with it being an All-Star game, there are not a lot of X’s and O’s. We just tried to keep everyone playing hard. All 10 of the guys on our team will be playing basketball at the next level, and it was great getting to know them a little bit. They were all respectful young men. I am looking forward to following each of them as they continue on with their basketball career.”
The talent on display in the game showed as the teams combined for an astounding 249 points in a high school basketball game as the North All-Stars went on to defeat the South All-Stars by a final score of 130-119.
Although not as high scoring an affair, the GACA Senior Girls game featured an equal level of talent featuring DCHS senior Kaylee Sticker.
Named to the team after a season that saw her post over 600 points from the floor, grab her 500th rebound and score her 1,500th point, Sticker felt right at home on the court of All-Stars as her team went on to an 81-78 victory over the South All-Stars.
Sticker led all scorers with 18 points along with nabbing seven rebounds and three assists and put the ultimate feather in the cap of her DCHS career when she was named the MVP of the GACA Senior Girls All-Star Classic.
Earlier in the day, junior Jasper Gibson was the first Tiger to set foot on the court to represent Dawson County and put on display three-point abilities as a member of the GACA Junior Boys North All-Stars. Unfortunately for Gibson, his shooting skills were not enough on the day and the South All-Stars emerged victorious by a final score of 111-92.