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Lady Tigers fend off rival Lumpkin, win 43-22
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Senior Kati Brady travels down the court after recovering the ball from Lumpkin County. - photo by Jessica Taylor

Coming off a win against Union County last week, the Lady Tigers faced regional foe Lumpkin County for homecoming on Friday.

After losing to the Lady Indians 58-38 on Dec. 12, the Lady Tigers were eager for redemption. In a close first half, the Lady Tigers were up 23-17. In the second half, Dawson County's defense allowed only five points, enabling the Lady Tigers to pull away and win the rivalry 43-22.

 “[It] was a great win for us, because they beat us the first time we played,” said Head Coach Steve Sweat about the victory over Lumpkin County. “I was proud of the girls for really getting after them on defense."

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Junior Kaylee Sticker goes for a lay-up and scores for the Lady Tigers during their victorious rematch against region rival Lumpkin County Jan. 24. - photo by Jessica Taylor

The Lady Tigers followed up their victory against the Indians by playing Greater Atlanta Christian School in a home game Saturday afternoon. DCHS trailed by only two points in the first half, but struggled to come back after getting behind 51-37 in the third quarter.

The DCHS Varsity girls ended up losing 69-52 to the Lady Spartans.

"We have to find a way to fight through the down times in a game, especially against the good teams that we have to play," Sweat said.

 Despite losing, junior Kaylee Sticker, and seniors Cadey Ayers and Abi Chatham managed to put up double digits against GAC.

The Lady Tigers will get a second shot against GAC next Saturday, Jan. 27 when they make up an away game at 4 p.m.

The Lady Tigers are also looking ahead and preparing to play at Fannin County on Tuesday and at North Hall on Friday. Coach Sweat mentioned that in preparation for the upcoming week, the Lady Tigers will focus on protecting the ball, reducing turnovers and persevering through adversity.