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Lady Tigers capture tournament title
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Lady Tiger Ashley Parker surpassed the 1,000-point mark last week. - photo by File photo

Coach Steve Sweat's Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers basketball team continued its winning ways during the Christmas holidays.

Dawson County captured the Mistletoe Madness Tournament at North Murray High School in Chatsworth last week.

This week the team finished playing in the Pickens Holiday Classic in Jasper.

Monday and Tuesday's games at Pickens County were not available at press time.

The Lady Tigers did win the opening round on Saturday with a 43-32 come from behind win against Collins Hill.

The Lady Tigers remain undefeated with a 13-0 record.

Sweat's team will be back in action on Jan. 2 with a home game against St. Anne-Pacelli High School from Columbus.

Dawson County played Chestatee in the championship game at North Murray on Dec. 23. Sweat's squad came away with a 61-38 win.

The Lady Tigers defense stifled the Lady War Eagles from Gainesville and allowed them just 10 first half points. Dawson County took a comfortable 25-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Tigers exploded in the third quarter to score 24 points and take a 49-24 advantage into the final quarter as they cruised to the championship victory.

"We came out ready to play in the third quarter," Sweat said.

Seniors Sheyenne Seabolt and Ashley Parker both scored 19 points in the win.

Guard Haley Burgess added nine points, Karlie Bearden, Peytan Porter and Katelynn Simpson each had four points and Ansley Costley scored two points.

"The girls are doing a great job of playing their role for our team to win," Sweat said.

Seabolt was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

Teammate Karlie Bearden was picked to the All-Tournament Team.

In the semi-final game against Dalton, the Lady Tigers won convincingly 79-51.
The game was never in doubt with Dawson County holding a 26-10 lead after one quarter of play. The team extended its advantage to a 43-17 lead at intermission and cruised in the second half to the victory.

Sheyenne Seabolt had a huge night on offense with 25 points.

The big story of the game was Parker reaching the 1,000-point mark during her career. Parker needed 15 points to surpass the mark, and ended with 16 in the contest.

"Ashley scored the last two points of the game to put her over the mark," Sweat said. "Ashley has worked really hard to achieve this goal. I am proud of her."

Parker also recorded her 500th career rebound during the game.

Also putting up points in the win over Dalton was Costley with 12, Bearden with four, Jordan Moore and Mikaela Egan each with two points.

Saturday afternoon's game at Pickens High School with opening round opponent Collins Hill (6-6) was a battle.

Collins Hill is known for graduate Maya Moore.

The Lady Eagles scored the first 13 points of the game. Dawson County fought back to trail by just four points after 16 minutes of play.

Dawson County seemed to wake up from the first half to come away with a 43-32 victory.

Seabolt led Dawson County in scoring with 14 points. She was followed by Parker with 11 points, Bearden added 10 and Simpson contributed with four points.

"I am very proud of the girls for hanging in there and battling back for the win," Sweat said.