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Lady Tigers struggle through two region games
Ella Siuta dribbles past the White County defender during the Lady Tigers Jan. 15 region loss. - photo by Jacob Smith

After a 35-point region victory against Cherokee Bluff, the Lady Tigers basketball team struggled this week, losing both of their region games. 

Emma Pelfrey inbounds the ball in the closing minutes of the Lady Tigers’ region loss against White County. - photo by Jacob Smith

On Friday, Jan. 15, the Lady Tigers had an ugly 76-50 loss against White County (7-7, 6-0 in region 7-3A). The Lady Warriors’ offense exploded right out of the gate and Dawson County could never catch back up to them. 

“They just played harder than we did,” Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick said after the game. “They’re very deep. I thought first possession defense we were really good, but gave up to many second chances. They relentlessly got into the paint and got to the free-throw line.” 

Maddie Anglin led the Lady Tigers with 26 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the game. Mariah Benson scored eight points and collected eight rebounds. 

In their first game against White County this season, the Lady Tigers lost 67-45 at home. In that game, the Lady Tigers turned the ball over 28 times, as opposed to 15 turnovers in Friday’s loss. 

“We did a better job of handling their pressure tonight,” Herrick said. “We just didn’t play hard enough.”

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the Lady Tigers hosted Gilmer High School (10-2, 6-0 in region 7-3A). The Lady Tigers were in the game the entire time, but lost 49-48. Anglin once again led the offense with 20 points.

The Lady Tigers (7-7, 1-5 in region 7-3A) are currently in fifth place in their region with just one win against sixth place Cherokee Bluff. They have six remaining region games before the region tournament. 

After games on Friday and Saturday, the Lady Tigers will take Sunday off and then play two more games on Monday and Tuesday. Monday’s game will be a non-region matchup against Creekview High School.

The game on Tuesday, Jan. 19, will be a region rematch against Lumpkin County. The Lady Tigers lost 62-50 in their first game at Lumpkin County earlier this season.