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Lady Tigers win, Tigers fall short at Northeast Georgia Showcase
Eva Bishop
Freshman Eva Bishop goes hard towards the basket for two points during the win against Hart County. - photo by Jacob Smith
Lady Tigers

Once again, the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers basketball team showed on Saturday, Nov. 27 that they are not a one dimensional team, but can attack you on the court in a number of different ways. 

The Lady Tigers won their game against Hart County 47-34. They played at Cherokee Bluff High School as a part of the Northeast Georgia Showcase tournament. 

Three different Lady Tigers scored in double-digits in the win. Senior Ella Siuta led all scorers with 13 points, and both junior Kirklyn Porter and sophomore Morgan Chester scored 10 points each. 

After taking an early 9-2 lead over Hart County, the Lady Tigers cooled off in the second quarter. The team did not score for the first four minutes of the quarter, allowing Hart County to lower Dawson County’s lead to two headed into halftime. 

However, the Lady Tigers came out of the halftime break red-hot, scoring seven unanswered points to push themselves out in front. The team never took their foot off the gas for the rest of the game, taking a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter and holding that lead until the end of the game. 

Chester and freshman Eva Bishop once again dominated on the boards for the Lady Tigers. Bishop had a game-high 10 rebounds and Chester complimented her efforts with eight rebounds of her own. 

Chester also had the game-high in steals with six and  shared the team-high in assists (3) with sophomore Abby Samples-Slaton. Samples-Slaton scored eight points. 

The Lady Tigers (3-2) continue their season with two non-region games this week. On Friday, Dec. 3, the team travels to Franklin County High School (1-3) and on Saturday, Dec. 4, the Lady Tigers will host 7A program Milton High School (0-1) at 1 p.m. 

Tigers

Though close, the Dawson County Tigers basketball team were unable to capture their first win of the season, losing 51-46 on Saturday, Nov. 27 against Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. 

The Tigers were down by four points at the end of the first quarter, but held Holy Innocents' scoreless through the first 6:11 of the second quarter to take the lead. However, Holy Innocents’ would bank in a three-pointer as time expired in the first half, giving them a three-point lead. 

Holy Innocents’ would hold onto the lead for the rest of the game, though the Tigers would keep it close, down only four points at the end of the third quarter. 

Zach Holtzclaw
Senior Zach Holtzclaw shoots a three during the loss to Holy Innocents'. Holtzclaw had a team-high in points with 15. - photo by Jacob Smith
Despite the loss, a few Tigers had breakout performances for the team. Senior Zach Holtzclaw, who was not on the opening day roster, but  joined the team after the football season ended, came off the bench to lead the Tigers with a team-high 15 points, coming from five makes behind the three point arc. 

After missing his freshman season with a lower-body injury, sophomore Caden Reed attacked the basket in the second half, collecting 10 points, all inside the paint, for the Tigers.

The Tigers struggled rebounding the ball, recording only 23 throughout the game. Senior Luke Mulberry had a team-high with eight rebounds, also scoring eight points and leading the team in steals with two. Sophomore Trey Harvey totaled seven rebounds and had a game-high five assists. 

The Tigers (0-5) will try for the first win of the season on Friday, Dec. 3 in a non-region game at Franklin County High School (2-2). Their game will start immediately after the girls’ game.  


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