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Lady Tigers fall in championship game
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Kaylee Sticker keeps the ball away from a Dunwoody defender during last week’s tournament. - photo by Amy French

The Dawson County Lady Tigers finished runners-up in last week’s Tiger Tipoff Classic tournament at DCHS after picking up a win in the opening round over Dunwoody High School.

The team cruised past the Lady Wildcats with a 73-30 win on Nov. 20 and moved into the winner’s bracket where it faced the Lanier High School Lady Longhorns on Nov. 21 and lost in the championship game, 68-52.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game because Lanier has a good team,” said Head Coach Steve Sweat. “We could not get going. We did not ever get in a good rhythm. We had shots but did not make them.”

Lanier was able to get out to an early lead and turnovers were an issue for the Lady Tigers. After the first period, the Lady Longhorns held a 22-10 lead. 

In the second quarter, Kaylee Sticker and Calli Watson found some success from the 3-point line and several Lady Tigers contributed at the free throw line. It was the only period when Dawson would outscore Lanier, putting up 21 to Lanier’s 15.

Sticker scored 33 points on the night.

Sweat credited Lanier for forcing the turnovers and for sound defense. 

The Lanier lead was 9 points heading into the final period and the Lady Longhorns continued the pressure on their way to the win and the championship.

During the Nov. 20 game against Dunwoody High School, the Lady Tigers started slow but were still able to get out to an 18-8 lead in the first period. 

Sticker and Abi Chatham were able to feed Anna Lowe underneath early and Watson found the basket from 3-point range. 

Sweat was pleased to have nine players contribute in scoring with Sticker contributing 24 points and Lowe adding 10. 

The Lady Tigers outscored Dunwoody in every period with Watson adding another three in the second and Lowe a quick jumper from the right. 

Dawson had a 44-15 lead at half.

In the third, Sticker and Kati Brady scored from 3-point range and Cadey Ayers added 4 points. 

Brady would add another 3-pointer in the final period.

The Lady Tigers are now 2-1.

Out of the holiday break, the team is back to work this week in practice as they prepare to host West Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday.

“West Hall will be a good test for us to start back after being off,” Sweat said. “We play a very competitive non-region schedule. We will definitely be shooting for a win to get the season going again.”