Dawson County coach Steve Sweat was happy his team could book a spot in the Region 7-AAA title game.
He just didn't want his team to have to work so hard near the end to get there.
Dawson County (26-0) will play East Hall tonight in the region championship game despite giving up 25 fourth-quarter points to Franklin County, which will take on Banks County in the 7-AAA consolation game at 3 p.m. on Saturday in Carnesville.
The Tigers were up by 27 over the Franklin County Lions (15-11) entering the fourth, but gave up 10 field goals in the final eight minutes while scoring just three field goals themselves.
Sweat said he was concerned about the "third game" factor, which he said East Hall used in beating Banks County in its semifinal despite losing to the Leopards twice in the regular season.
With Dawson County beating East Hall twice, as well, he said he would do what he needed to make sure his team doesn't suffer the same fate.
"I'm going to remind those girls in there," he said, gesturing to the locker room. "They're going to be ready, they want to win like we do. They look like they're playing really well. It's been a while since we've played them, but it's the third time too, so we've got to be ready."
Dawson County scored three 3-pointers in the first quarter before building a 39-22 halftime lead.
The Lady Tigers put together a 15-4 run to open the third, but faded quickly in the final eight minutes as Franklin County got more aggressive under the basket.
Sheyenne Seabolt led the Tigers with 17 points, while five different Lady Lions scored in the fourth quarter