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Lady Tigers defeated
Team loses first two games of the season
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The Dawson County Lady Tigers 44-game regular season continuous winning streak has ended.

The last time a Lady Tigers team lost a regular season game was Feb. 4, 2014 at North Hall High School by a score of 66-49.

The last time Dawson County lost a home game during the regular season was on Jan. 31, 2014 to Buford, 59-23.

The streak ended on Friday. The team was defeated by visiting East Hall by a score of 60-42.

East Hall was ranked No. 9 in Class AAA.

The Lady Tigers were ranked No. 1 in Class AAA.

"I have said all along, you better be ready to play every night in our region and tonight proves why I will keep saying it," said Head Coach Steve Sweat.

East Hall led after each quarter in the important Region 7-AAA game.

The Lady Vikings (15-4; 6-1) are coached by Justin Wheeler.

The team held a comfortable, 29-20, advantage at halftime behind the play of Ashlyn Ellison.

Ellison scored six first quarter points and seven second quarter points to lead East Hall to the 9-point first half lead.

Ellison finished with a game-high 24 points. She was 9 for 11 from the free throw line.

Lady Viking Carly Watters also had a huge second quarter offensively.

Watters connected on three long range 3-pointers in the quarter and scored 11 points total.

Wheeler's team did a great job of holding starting Lady Tigers point guard Haley Burgess to zero points in the contest.

Burgess is the Tigers second leading scorer.

East Hall continued to pour on the offense in the third quarter and outscored Dawson County, 18-12, to seal the game and take a 47-32 lead.

Freshman Kaylee Sticker led Dawson County in scoring with 16 points. Sticker had 6 points in the second and fourth quarters to try and help Dawson County get back into the game.

Karlie Bearden and Eliza Sillesky also had double digits for the Lady Tigers with 13 and 11 points respectively.

Katelynn Simpson added two points in the loss.

"East Hall picked a real good night to play real good," Sweat said. "We have had some great battles with them over the years and tonight was their night."

Dawson County looked like they couldn't shake off Friday's loss as they traveled to Chestatee on Saturday.

The Lady War Eagles avenged a 52-34 loss to the Lady Tigers earlier in the season by taking a 48-46 win.

Lady War Eagle Lindsey Caudell hit a shot at the buzzer to give the 9-11 Chestatee team the win.

The game was tight throughout, with neither team taking the upper hand.

Chestatee took a 13-11 first quarter lead and expanded that advantage to, 24-21, at halftime.

Bearden tried to keep the Lady Tigers in the game with six first quarter points.

Bearden finished with 13 points in the contest.

Chestatee continued to hold a close lead at the end of three quarters, leading 36-32.

Lady Tigers Kaylee Sticker had a big third quarter that helped keep the game close.

Sticker had eight points in the quarter. Four of her eight points came from the free throw line where she was 4 for 6.

"The game was close all the way with Chestatee hitting a shot at the buzzer to win it," Sweat said.

Closing out the scoring for Dawson County were: Burgess with 9 points, Sillesky had 6 points, and Simpson added 4 points, and Ansley Costley with 3 points.

Burgess connected on three 3-pointers.

All was not glum for Dawson County last week. The team pulled out a close 47-44 victory over West Hall on Jan. 12 at home.

West Hall (10-8; 3-4) took a 14-6 first quarter lead, that made Dawson County have to battle back the entire evening.

The Lady Tigers closed the gap by outscoring West Hall, 15-10, in the second quarter to pull to within three, 24-21, at the half.

Burgess got the Lady Tigers back into the game in the second quarter.

Burgess scored 11 of the Lady Tigers 15 points in the quarter. She finished with a game-high 19 points in the contest.

The senior point guard also hit four 3-pointers in the game.

Over the next two quarters the Lady Tigers came alive offensively and outscored West Hall, 26-20, to take the region win.

The speech at halftime by Sweat inspired the Lady Tigers to outscore the Lady Spartans, 16-5, in the third quarter to take a, 37-29, lead into the final eight minutes of play.

"The girls came out in the second half with a lot more fire and poise to outscore West Hall," Sweat said. "I was very proud of the way the girls handled the pressure and made their free throws in the fourth quarter."

The Lady Tigers were 8 for 10 from the free throw line in the final quarter. The team was 11 for 16 in the game for 69 percent.

We were able to come out on top, 47-44.

Burgess hit four 3-pointers to help her lead in scoring with 19 points, Simpson had 9 points, Bearden scored 8, Sticker had 7 points and Sillesky scored 4 points.

Up next for the Lady Tigers will be a home game against Banks County on Friday. Tip off will be at 7 p.m.

Earlier this season Dawson County defeated the Lady Leopards, 75-54. The Region 7-AAA foe comes into the game with an 11-8 record and they are 3-4 in region play.

On Jan. 26 the team will travel to Carnesville with a difficult matchup with Franklin County (15-5; 5-2).

The Lady Lions under veteran Coach Harry March are currently in third place in the region standings.

Dawson County defeated the Lady Lions, 45-39, earlier this month. Game time will be at 6 p.m.