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Lady Tigers remain undefeated
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Undefeated Lady Tigers starters Sheyenne Seabolt, from left, Jordan Moore, Ashley Parker, Karlie Bearden and Hayley Burgess show some solidarity and team spirit during practice. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

The 2014-2015 Varsity Lady Tigers have done something that no team before them has managed - the longest winning streak in Dawson County High School history.

"I can't remember any other team doing as well as they have," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "The longest one before this that I can remember is 11 or 12, and I've been here for most of those."

Currently, the Lady Tigers' winning streak is at 20, with just five games left in the regular season. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, the only undefeated team in that division.

"The biggest difference between now and when we went to state two years ago is being undefeated," Sweat said. "Every game we win, it puts a bigger target on our back, because people want to say they are the ones that took down the undefeated team."

The team includes players with many milestones, such as junior Karlie Bearden's 500 career rebounds and senior Ashley Parker's 1,000 career points.

Several of the team's juniors and seniors were part of the team that went to the AAA state finals in Macon in 2013.

Players like junior Peytan Porter, who was a freshman the last time the team went to Macon, said she is excited about the possibility of going again this year.

"We're really excited and want to take it one step further, because now that we've been there, the initial shock of getting there isn't going to be satisfying enough," she said. "We want the whole thing now."

Sweat said that the goal of the team is to just take one game at a time.

"We don't concentrate on being undefeated," he said. "We just talk about staying hungry. We've won a few games, but we have to keep that drive and stay hungry."

Junior Karlie Bearden said that the team is doing its best to just concentrate on the games, not the record.

"We're just trying not to get a big head and stay humble," she said. "We're just going to keep working hard. We're just taking it one game at a time."

Senior Sheyenne Seabolt said she plans to finish what she started two years ago.

"I was a sophomore last time we went and just to be on a winning team again, it just feels awesome," she said. "We're just hoping to get even further this year."

Senior Jordan Moore has developed her game in the last years.

"I'm excited to see where we go," she said.

And with drive like that, it's no wonder the team has won games in nearly every conceivable way, according to their coach.

"We've been able to win games in different ways and when you can do that, it gives you a whole lot more chances of winning," Sweat said. "We've won games in overtime. We've won games coming from behind. We've won with 1.2 seconds to go, and we've won where we've been ahead enough to run the clock out in the fourth quarter. That's a testament to the kids on this team."

It's also why he feels his team "owns" any gym they walk into.

"I like for my team to feel like they are in charge. They are confident and they believe in themselves," he said.

But with that confidence, the girls know anything can happen in the final games before the championship.

"It's going to be harder. No matter what, we have one of the toughest regions," Bearden said. "Anybody in this region can beat anybody, depending on the game they're having. We just have to keep watching the other teams and improving our game all the time."

The Lady Tigers next game will be at 7 p.m. Friday against Banks County in Homer.