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Lady Tigers looking at perfect season
Going for 25-0 Friday night at home against West Hall
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Ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, the 24-0 Lady Tigers are one win away from a perfect season, following Tuesdays 65-26 victory over Fannin County on the road. - photo by For the Dawson Community News

Dawson County hosts West Hall to close the regular season Friday night. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

A victory Friday night at home against West Hall will place the Dawson County Lady Tigers atop a pedestal where no other team in school history has stood before.

Ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, the 24-0 Lady Tigers are one win away from a perfect season, following Tuesday's 65-26 victory over Fannin County on the road. The team is 11-0 in Region 7-AAA.

"It's awesome just thinking about it," said point guard Haley Burgess, a junior. "I was talking to a couple of people the other night and they told me ‘it's not how you start, it's how you finish.'

"Our season is definitely not over. After Friday, we're hoping we can finish with 25-0 and have a perfect [regular] season."

Coach Steve Sweat is pretty confident there will be a historical celebration when the final buzzer erupts at the Ford E. Phillips gymnasium Friday night.

"We don't talk much about the record itself. We just want to win the next game is the main thing," he said. "We did talk last night about not getting flat, not getting complacent. And I was real pleased with how that came out. We'll talk about it again for Friday, because we don't need a letdown for Friday."

On Tuesday, Ashley Parker paced the Lady Tigers with 15 points, and Karlie Bearden pitched in 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"The big plus for me as a coach was we had 10 people score, so 12 played and 10 scored, so we were real pleased with that," Sweat said. "That means they're sharing the ball and getting it to the right person, and that's a good thing to be doing this time a year."

Senior Sheyenne Seabolt said she was proud of the team, but admitted there is always room for improvement.

"We're really proud because we came out and won the game. We played well, but there's a lot of things we could have done better," she said. "We just came out with a win, so that's really all that matters."

Dawson County hosts West Hall to close the regular season Friday night. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

"They're in the middle of the pack, good enough to beat you if you don't play good," Sweat said.

The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Spartans by a 73-47 score on Jan. 13.

"We beat them at their place, and we'll be playing here. I hope we'll have a good spirit about it," Sweat said.

Also going for the Lady Tigers is that Friday is Senior Night.

"We'll have our seniors playing their last regular season game, which generally helps everybody get motivated. We'll play into that," Sweat said. "We'll use any angle we can to get them fired up, and of course, obviously we'll be trying to end this on a good note.

"This is another game like the rest of them, and we want to win it, too."

 

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