The New Year has started out well for Coach Steve Sweat's varsity girls basketball team.
The Lady Tigers are riding an 11-game winning streak with a Region 7-AAA, 65-52, win at East Hall last week.
Dawson County is currently 14-1 and 3-1 in region play.
The only loss this season for the Lady Tigers was at Banks County in early December.
Sophomore Sheyenne Seabolt has been on a tear for the Lady Tigers.
Seabolt recorded a double-double against the Lady Vikings with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the 13-point victory.
Not only was the post player a force in the lane, but she also stepped outside the arc for two three-pointers.
Dawson County held a 20-point lead early in the second quarter at 27-7 and never gave up to coast to the important region win.
Senior point guard Carly Gilreath also had a big night offensively for the Lady Tigers. She scored 17 points.
Coach Joey Rider's team tried to make runs at the Lady Tigers, but each time the Lady Tigers' defense stalled out East Hall's big offensive plays.
Tasia Bailey and Aliah Burrows both scored 16 points for East Hall. The Lady Vikings are now 4-7 and 0-4 in region play.
"It is always tough to play at East Hall and it was really sweet to come out of there with a win," Sweat said.
Finishing out the scoring for Dawson County were: Allie Costley - eight points and eight rebounds; Karlie Bearden - six points; Ashley Parker - five points; Hannah Porter - four points; Whitney Glover, Alison Honea and Kenna Seitz contributed two points each.
Ladies come away with tournament victory
Seabolt was named the tournament MVP at the Battle of the States three-day event at Towns County High School during the holiday break.
The sophomore post scored in double digits in each game.
In three games Seabolt scored a total of 67 points for a 22.3 points per game average.
Not only was Seabolt honored but the Dawson County Lady Tigers came away with the tournament championship.
Sweat's team defeated Union County 69-35 to capture the tournament title.
In the semi-finals, Dawson County defeated two-time defending tournament champion, Gordon Lee, by a score of, 66-52.
The Lady Tigers held a narrow, 39-30, lead at halftime against Union County.
Dawson County picked it up defensively in the second half and limited the Lady Panthers to only three points in the third quarter and two points in the final quarter to hold on for the win.
"We were able to put together three good games to win the whole thing," Sweat said.
Seabolt recorded a double-double against Union County with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Gilreath also had a great game offensively from her point guard position and contributed 17 points. Gilreath was selected to the All-Tournament team.
Also scoring in double digits was Parker with 11 points. Parker also pulled down six rebounds.
Rounding out the scoring for Dawson County were: Bearden with seven points; Seitz added five points; Kacie Bearden and Porter each had three points; and Honea scored two points.
To reach the championship game Dawson County had to go through a very tough Gordon Lee team, coached by veteran leader Lester Gaylon.
The Lady Trojans came into the contest with a respectable 9-4 record.
The game was close after three quarters of play with Dawson County holding a slim 46-44 advantage.
The Lady Tigers used a 20-point fourth quarter, while limiting Gordon Lee to only eight points, to come away with the victory.
"This was a hard fought victory," Sweat said.
Seabolt recorded 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lady Tigers.
Costley also had a great game on offense and on the boards. She recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Gilreath also scored 13 points in the 13-point win.
Finishing the scoring were Parker with nine points; Karlie Bearden with six points and Porter with one point.
Up next for the Lady Tigers will be a Jan. 11 game at North Hall High School. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
DCN regional staff contributed to this story.