Round one of the GHSA tournament got underway Friday as the Lady Tigers faced off against the Colts in Coahulla Creek.
After falling behind early, Dawson County rallied to take the lead at halftime and went on to win the game by a final score of 71-61.
The game opened with a quick 5-point run by the Colts to put Dawson County on the defensive in the opening minutes of the first period, but Dawson County sophomore Maddie Anglin and senior Kaylee Sticker nailed back-to-back 3-pointers and rallied the Lady Tigers to a 17-12 lead by the end of the quarter.
An injury to Coahulla Creek starter Allie Young allowed Dawson County to open up the pace of the game in the second quarter and the Colts responded with an aggressive inside attack that whittled the Lady Tigers lead down to a mere 2 points at the half as the teams hit the locker room with the score at 32-30 in favor of Dawson County.
The Lady Tigers opened the third with an 11-0 run as Sticker nailed a pair of 3-pointers to grab her 1,607 career point and surpassed Sheyenne Seabolt to become the all-time career scoring leader in Lady Tigers basketball history.
Coahulla Creek continued to challenge the Lady Tigers in the lane, but junior Marlie Townley shut down the key with nine rebounds to stop the Colts dead in their tracks and Dawson County extended their lead to 48-41 headed into the final quarter.
On the strength of Anglin’s outside shooting the Lady Tigers extended the lead to 13 points halfway through the set, and Coahulla Creek started fouling in an effort to slow down the game. Dawson County responded with a 63 percent free-throw accuracy rating in the period as Townley and Anglin calmly hit their shots to put the game in the books with the final score of 71-60.
Sticker’s 32 points led all scorers while Townley posted a double-double with 14 points and an absurd 16 rebounds. Anglin chipped in 11 points to round out the scoring for the Lady Tigers.
The win will advance the Tigers into the Sweet Sixteen of the GHSA tournament on Feb. 20 against the Lovett Lions.