It looks as though the varsity Lady Tigers basketball team could be getting hot at just the right time.
The team pulled off two huge wins last week. The Lady Tigers defeated a talented Union County team, 59-48, behind the 17 points and 3 assists from junior point guard Carly Gilreath.
Gilreath scored 22 points in another big win over Banks County, 56-44, on Senior Night. Gilreath made 6 of 9 shots from the field and was 10 for 14 from the free throw line in the win.
Union came into last week's game with an impressive 19-4 record. The Lady Tigers exploded on offense in the final quarter and outscored Union 27-16 to pull off the upset.
"All wins are big, but tonight we were able to upset a very good basketball team," said coach Steve Sweat. "We played one of our best games of the year. I am so happy for our seniors, Morgan Huber and Kim Wallace, as they picked up their first win in basketball against Union. I hope this will give us some extra spirit and the girls will believe in themselves more."
Lady Tigers Kacie Bearden was locked in from the 3-point line. Bearden connected on five long bombs to score 15 points in the win.
Lady Tigers scorers: Gilreath-17 points, Bearden-15 points, Ashley Parker-6 points, Hannah Porter-6 points, Allie Costley-6 points, Sheyenne Seabolt-4 points, Huber-3 points, Wallace-1 point and Kenna Seitz-1 point.
There was a huge crowd on hand to witness the Lady Tigers second upset of the week.
Dawson County's defense was the story and allowed the Lady Leopards only single digit scoring in the first three quarters to build a commanding 35-24 lead Feb. 10.
In the final quarter, both teams got hot offensively.
Sweat's team prevailed and outscored Banks 21-20 in the final 8 minutes to pick up the victory.
The game also served as Senior Night and Sweat said goodbye to the team's two seniors; Wallace and Huber.
"Both of them have been a joy to coach. Both are three sport athletes. They have great attitudes and really care about the team. They will be missed by our team and school," Sweat said. "It was a great way to send off our seniors. They will always be able to say they won their last game at home."
Freshman post player Ashley Parker played a great game. She pulled down 10 rebounds and scored 9 points.
Post player Allie Costley also played well. She contributed 8 points and 4 rebounds. Costley also tallied 5 steals.
Banks County fell to 14-11 overall and 3-7 in Region 8A-AA.
The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a 12-13 record and 3-7 in region play.
If the girls win Tuesday against Elbert County, they will play at 4 p.m. Thursday against East Hall at East Hall.