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Lady Tigers go entire season without loss
Play Franklin County in semi-finals Friday
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The Dawson County Lady Tigers celebrate Friday nights victory over West Hall with a crowd of supporters that filled the Ford E. Phillips gymnasium. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

The Dawson County Lady Tigers are perfect after Friday night's victory over West Hall.

Ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, the 56-49 win marked the school's first perfect season, not just in basketball, but for all sports.

"This is a great group of dedicated and hard-working girls," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "They are very competitive. They love playing basketball, and I am blessed to be their coach."

The ladies will be going into the post season on a 25-0 streak.

"This is really exciting to be able to have a perfect season," said senior Ashley Parker. "I'm so proud of our team, that we went the whole season undefeated and stayed a team."

Senior Sheyenne Seabolt thanked the legion of supporters that have followed the team throughout the history-making season.

"It just feels great to come out and be undefeated. It's just awesome to have so many people here tonight cheering us on," she said. "We're just really happy that we went undefeated this whole season."

As the final seconds ticked away, cheerleaders passed out pink signs with "25" printed in bold black lettering to the crowd of supporters and fans, who loudly cheered the team to victory with the signs held high.

"It feels amazing to have all these supporters behind our backs. It just feels awesome," Parker said.

The school celebrated those who played their last regular season game in high school with Senior Night recognitions. Seniors on the team are Jordan Moore, MiKaela Egan, Parker and Seabolt.

Parker called the night "the perfect way to end" her senior year.

"To be able to make history, that just feels amazing," she said.

The Tigers' first place standing in the region won them a bye in the first round of region play that started on Tuesday in Banks County.

 The team is 12-0 in Region 7-AAA.

The semi-and finals will be held Friday and Saturday in Franklin County with the Lady Tigers will playing Franklin County at 7 p.m. Friday.

As for the plan as the team moves forward, Sweat said he thinks he'll stick with the same strategy.

"It has got us this far so might as well stick with it," he said.

On the flip side, he may also "add a new offense or defense" since "everybody is going to give us their best shot at this time of the year," he said.

If they advance, the Lady Tigers will play again at 6 p.m. on Saturday.