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Lady Tigers compete in NC tournament
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Senior Abi Chatham looks for an open team mate during a home game in mid-December. Chatham was one of the high scorers for the Lady Tigers during the "Holidays on the Hardwoods" tournament held at Cherokee High School Dec. 27-29. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Dawson County Lady Tigers traveled to North Carolina last week to participate in the three day “Holidays on the Hardwoods” tournament held at Cherokee High School.

On the first day of the tournament, the Lady Tigers had a rough start and fell to North View High School from Tennessee. The first quarter was close, ending with a score 17-16 but North View took command in the second quarter.

“We could not get anything going in the second quarter and they outscored us 13-5 to take a 30-21 lead into the half,” said Coach Steve Sweat.

The Lady Tigers had too many defensive breakdowns and turnovers in the second half, causing North View to continue their lead and win 68-42.

During the game, senior Calli Watson was the high scorer with four 3-pointers for a total of 12 points. Abi Chatham scored nine, Cadey Ayers scored eight, Sophia D'Oliveira scored seven, Anna Lowe scored four and Chloe Bennett scored two.

The Lady Tigers found success against Nuese Charter from North Carolina in the second day of the tournament, taking home a 63-38 win.

Abi Chatham was the high scorer in the Dec. 28 match, scoring 18 points. She had five 3-pointers in the game.

It was a good game for the team, as many players scored numerous points. Sophia D’Oliveira scored 10, Calli Watson and Anna Lowe both scored nine and Cadey Ayers scored seven.

On Dec. 29 the Lady Tigers faced Dawson-Bryant from Ohio.

Sweat said the final night of the tournament was a tough one for the team. Though the Lady Tigers held the lead in the first three quarters, Dawson-Bryant came back to win 55-53.

D'Oliveira was the high scorer with 13 points during the Dec. 29 competition. Trailing behind by one point was Calli Watson with 12 points. Watson also made the All-Tournament Team. Anna Lowe and Cadey Ayers each scored nine, Chloe Bennett scored seven and Abi Chatham scored three.

Now back in Georgia, the Lady Tigers look ahead to their upcoming games. They will face off against North Hall tonight in a home game starting at 6 p.m.