The Dawson County Lady Tigers varsity basketball team opened season play last week with a home win over 4A opponent Jefferson Lady Dragons.
Dawson won 68-56 on Nov. 16.
“I am always happy with a win,” said Coach Steve Sweat. “This one was special because it was against a bigger school, a good team and a rival school.”
Though the game got off to a rough start with fouling on both sides of the ball and the Lady Dragons got an early led, Dawson County fought back and were up 11-10 by the end of the first period.
From that point on, the Lady Tigers would keep control.
Sweat said he was proud of the way the team stayed on top and made critical free throws down the stretch.
In the second quarter, the Lady Dragons briefly took the lead at the free throw line before Emma Brown would score and Calli Watson added one from the line.
Kaylee Sticker found Anna Lowe underneath for another 2 points before Watson started her streak of 3-pointers. She ended the night with five of them to lead the team in scoring with 16 total points.
After back-to-back threes by Watson and Sticker, a fast break saw Chloe Bennett score an easy 2 points and prompt a timeout by Jefferson. Dawson’s lead was 24-21.
Just before the half, Sticker added another basket on her way to 15 points for the game and found Kati Brady for another two.
Dawson County went to half up 31-27.
In the third quarter, Watson began again from the three point line and fouls by the Lady Tigers gave the Lady Dragons a couple of scoring opportunities.
After another Watson deep ball, Jefferson called a time down 41-32.
At the beginning of the fourth, Sticker picked up a steal and on the fast break, Lowe would add two before Watson again hit from the arc on the next possession. Lowe finished with 10 points.
By that point, Dawson had extended the lead to 54-42.
Late in the game, the Lady Tigers were able to break the Jefferson press and connect from the free throw line, going 8 for 11 in the final period.
The Lady Tigers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.
“It did have the feel of a late season game,” Sweat said. “The fouling made it seem like a first game of the season.”
Dawson County hosted a tournament this week and opened play on Monday Dunwoody. The Lady Tigers easily handled Dunwoody, winning 73-30. Results from the championship game against Lanier were not available as of press time.
Next up for Dawson County is a 6 p.m. tip on Dec. 1 against West Hall at home.