The boys' and girls' varsity teams traveled to face Greater Atlanta Christian in Norcross on Tuesday and faced losses that mean the end of a winning streak for the boys and a knock down to third place in the region for the girls.
Following back-to-back regional wins over East Hall and Fannin County, the Lady Tigers hit the road with an opportunity to move into first-place in region 7AAA as they battled the GAC Spartans on Jan. 15.
After overcoming a first period deficit to tie the game heading into halftime, Dawson County fell short in the second half to lose the game by a final score of 53-41.
“We actually played some really good defense,” Head Coach Steve Sweat said. “We could not convert the stops into points.”
Senior Kaylee Sticker was the only Lady Tiger to post double digits on the night as she led the team in scoring with 19 points.
GAC featured a more balanced attack with junior Ava Irvin putting up 14 points followed by senior Maya Timberlake and freshman Tamori Plantin with 10 points apiece.
Both teams brought their aggressive nature to the court in the first half as the lead changed hands several times and neither team could gain a clear advantage, taking a 22-22 tie into the locker room at halftime.
The Spartans offense came to life in the third period as they nearly doubled up the Lady Tigers, 19-10, to take a comfortable 9-point lead into the final stanza.
The Lady Tigers pressed the lane hard in the fourth period but were unable to break through the Spartan defense and the game wound down to the final score of 53-41 in favor of GAC.
The loss moved Dawson County (13-7, 5-3) down the ladder into third place, behind GAC and North Hall, in region 7AAA.
Dawson County heads to Alpharetta to take on the Denmark Lady Danes (1-18, 0-7) in a non-regional match-up on Jan. 18.
The boys' team faced Greater Atlanta Christian in a battle for first place in region 7AAA on Jan. 15.
After giving up an early lead in the first period, the Tigers fought tooth and nail but were unable to overcome the deficit, losing by a final score of 72-60.
The Tigers dropped to 6-2 in the region, both losses coming at the hands of the GAC Spartans, and remained in sole possession of second place.
Senior Luke Chism led the way for Dawson County with an interior attack that resulted in 24 points, followed by juniors Campbell Reed and Eli Burrus who posted double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively.
GAC took away the strength of the Tigers by denying shots from the perimeter and forcing Dawson County into a physical, inside game that allowed the Spartans to build a 16-9 lead at the end of the first period.
Dawson County fought back in the second, with Reed and Burrus finding the net from the 3-point line, to outscore GAC 14-12 but still trailed by 5 heading into halftime.
The Spartans dominated the third period, outscoring the Tigers 23-8, as they continued to shut down Dawson County’s outside shots.
A late-game rally led by Chism and Reed brought the Tigers within striking distance as they racked up 29 fourth period points but they were unable to contain GAC, who posted 21 points of their own, and the buzzer sounded on a final score of 72-60.
Spartan senior Hunter McIntosh proved a force to be reckoned with leading both teams in scoring with 27 points.
Dawson County (16-4, 6-2) is back on the road with a non-regional game versus the Denmark Danes (15-5, 5-3) on Jan. 18.