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Lady Tigers fall to red-hot Lumpkin, prepare for state playoffs
Morgan Chester looks to distribute the ball outside against Lumpkin County. She led the Lady Tigers with nine points. - photo by Rio White

An ambitious Lumpkin County team got out to a hot start against the Lady Tigers on Saturday, Feb. 12, and never looked back, ending Dawson County’s region tournament run at the semifinal stage with an 80-29 loss.

The Lady Indians looked every bit of their 23-1 regular-season record, as they executed their offensive possessions with unwavering efficiency. 

As soon as the Lady Tigers defense gave their opponent open looks, the floodgates were opened.

“[Lumpkin] were just getting second and third opportunities,” head coach Eric Herrick said. “When you’re scrambling like that off offensive rebounds, it’s impossible to find their shooters.”

While Dawson County struggled to contain the opposition’s constant offensive pressure, Lumpkin County’s defense did equally as well to prevent any response.

Abby Slaton drives inside against a Lumpkin County defender. Dawson County had a tough time against the 23-1 Lady Indians. - photo by Rio White

Morgan Chester led the team with nine points, while Eva Bishop added six.

Despite the loss, the Lady Tigers will play one more region game on Tuesday, Feb. 15 to determine their seeding in the state playoffs as either the third or fourth-place team from Region 7.

That matchup will be up against White County, a team Dawson County split their two regular-season games with. Cherokee Bluff will once again be the host school for that game. 

With the importance of seeding in mind, Herrick is making sure the Lady Tigers are focused and prepared for that task — not dwelling on the tough loss to Lumpkin County.

“We can’t worry about what just happened…we’ve got to put it behind us,” Herrick said. “Everybody knows we didn’t perform tonight. We need to come in on Monday ready to practice and [have] a big bounce-back game on Tuesday.”

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