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Lady Tigers extend winning streak
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The Dawson County High School Lady Tigers' varsity basketball team ran its winning streak to 17 games following four wins over the last nine days.

Coach Steve Sweat's team went undefeated at the Pickens Holiday Classic.

The team recorded wins over Riverwood, 81-54, and Kennesaw Mountain, 62-22.

The team also defeated St. Anne-Pacelli, 66-5, in Dawsonville on Jan. 2.

The biggest win of all, however, was a Region 7-AAA defeat of East Hall by a score of 55-48.

Saturday's game at East Hall (7-6; 1-3) was in front of a huge crowd and a hostile environment.

With the victory, Dawson County moves its record in region play to 4-0.

Sheyenne Seabolt, Karlie Bearden and Ashley Parker each scored in double digits with 20, 13 and 11 points respectively.

Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Haley Burgess with five points, Jordan Moore and Ansley Costley contributed four points each.

On Friday night, Dawson County played host to Pacelli High School (2-8) from Columbus.

The Lady Tigers manhandled Pacelli to take an enormous 39-2 halftime lead.

Dawson County continued to pour on the offense in the final two quarters and outscored Pacelli 28-3 over the final two periods for the huge win.

With such a large lead Sweat was able to get some valuable playing time for his bench.

Before the game, Sweat honored senior Parker with a ceremonial basketball.

Parker scored her 1,000th point during the Pickens Christmas tournament. She also has more than 500 career rebounds.

Lady Tiger Katelynn Simpson recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Seabolt also scored in double digits with 10 points.

Finishing up the scoring for Dawson County were Costley with nine points on three, three-pointers, Parker had eight points, Haley Burgess and Bearden scored six points each, Moore scored five points and Brittany Griggs and Lauren Burgess each had four points.

Before the New Year, the Lady Tigers won all three games in the Pickens Christmas Tournament in Jasper.

Sweat's team finished the tournament with a win on Dec. 30 against Kennesaw Mountain (6-6).

Dawson County took control from the start. The team jumped out to a 23-4 first quarter lead and extended that advantage to 45-12 by halftime.

The Dawson County defense was stifling against the Lady Mustangs.

Offensively, the team was led by Seabolt with 12 points. Also scoring were Parker, Haley Burgess and

Bearden all with nine points each, Moore added eight points, Costley had six points, Simpson contributed four points, Erin Chatham had three points and Lauren Burgess scored two points.

"I am very proud of the way the girls have kept together, whether we have been ahead or behind," Sweat said.

On Dec. 29 the Lady Tigers won their second game of the Pickens tournament with a huge 81-54 win over Riverwood (4-9).

The Lady Tigers used a run at the end of the first quarter to take a 21-17 lead after one period of play before running away with the game in the second quarter.

Dawson County outscored Riverwood 27-8 to take a huge 48-25 lead into intermission.

"The girls continued the team scoring in the third quarter by sharing the ball and the results were six different players scoring in that quarter," Sweat said.

Haley Burgess nailed five three-pointers to co-lead the Lady Tigers, with Seabolt, in scoring with 16 points.

Also putting up double figures were Parker with 13 points and Bearden with 12 points.

Completing the scoring for Dawson County were Costley with nine points, Simpson added six points and had 10 rebounds, Chatham had three points and Moore, Griggs and Porter each had two points in the win.

Dawson County will play two Region 7-AAA games this week.

The team played host to Lumpkin County on Tuesday. Scores were not available as of press time.

The team will take on Fannin County at home on Friday.