There is an excitement in the air at the Dawson County Lady Tiger basketball practices.
An intact returning line-up from last year should be enough to give Dawson County a spot in the state Class AAA playoffs.
There are six seniors on the varsity roster this season.
Returning for Dawson County will be talented point guard Carly Gilreath.
Gilreath has committed to playing at USC-Aiken next season. The 5'8" senior averaged 14 points and 3.3 assists per game last season.
Kacie Bearden, Allie Costley, Hannah Porter and Whitney Glover are also entering their last seasons at Dawson County.
Costley, a 5'11" post player, will look to improve on her seven points and five rebounds per game average from last season.
"We are looking for great leadership from our seniors," said head coach Steve Sweat.
Rounding out the varsity line up will be juniors Madison Shope and Alison Honea, sophomores Ashley Parker and Sheyenne Seabolt.
Gilreath, Bearden, Porter, Glover and Shope will play guard for the Lady Tigers.
Battling for playing time in the post position will be Seabolt, Parker, Seitz, Costley and Honea.
Seabolt, measuring 5'11," averaged seven points and five rebounds per game as a freshman last season.
The Lady Tigers will enter a new region this season. Sweat's team will compete in Region 7-AAA.
New faces in the region will be Buford, Class AA state runner-up, North Hall, final four in Class AAA last season, East Hall, Elite Eight in Class AA, West Hall and White County.
Familiar opponents Banks County and Fannin County are still in the region with the Lady Tigers.
"Our region is always one of the toughest in the state and it will continue this season. We are going to do everything we can [to] be at the top in the end and earn a spot in the state tournament.
"We will try to increase the number of points we score this season on offense and decrease the number we give up on defense. I look forward to getting started with this year's Lady Tigers team," Sweat said.
Dawson County opens the season tonight with a game at Lumpkin County. Scores were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Tigers will open their home schedule on Saturday with another match up against the Lady Indians. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The team will then play its first Region 7-AAA game of the season on Tuesday at Fannin County. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.