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Lady Tigers on right track
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The Lady Tigers opened the 2014 season with two big road wins last week.

Coach Steve Sweat's team traveled to Jasper Nov. 18 and came away with a lopsided 66-29 victory over Pickens. Then, on Nov. 20, the team traveled to Tiger and defeated a very pesky Rabun County team 48-43.

Dawson County is now 2-0 on the young season.

The team's next game, after Thanksgiving break, will be at home against Rabun County Dec. 2.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

"It was a great way to start the season," Sweat said about his team's defeat of Pickens County. "We did some good things, but we also have a lot of stuff to improve on."

The Lady Tigers jumped out to huge 15-2 first quarter lead on the Dragonettes. Dawson County continued the offensive barrage scoring 16 more points in the second quarter to take a 31-10 lead at halftime.

With the large lead, Sweat was able to play everybody on his bench enabling them some valuable experience in varsity action.

Sweat's team's scoring was balanced with 10 players notching points.

"Balanced scoring happens like that when we share the ball and make good passes to the open player," Sweat said.

Ashley Parker led Dawson in scoring with 10 points.

Following Parker in scoring were Ansley Costley with nine points, Karlie Bearden, Katelynn Simpson and Sheyenne Seabolt with eight points each, Hayley Burgess, Erin Chatham and Jordan Moore added six points apiece, Brittany Griggs with four points and Peytan Porter contributed one point.

The Nov. 20 game was a fight from buzzer to buzzer. The Lady Tigers had to mount fourth quarter comeback to take the 5-point victory.

Dawson County held a slim halftime lead, 21-17. But Rabun County used their press to outscore the Lady Tigers, 16-8, in the third quarter to lead 33-29 going into the last quarter.

Rabun extended its lead to seven points before the Lady Tigers used their own defensive pressure to finally get the lead back at 44-42.

"The girls never gave up, dug deep, and made it work late in the game. It is always good to get a win over a strong program like Rabun," Sweat said.

Seabolt recorded a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Parker also had a great game offensively with 18 points.

Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Porter with three points, Haley Burgess with two points, and Bearden with four points and nine rebounds.