Lady Tigers split series with win over North Hall
Dawson County senior Kaylee Sticker’s late game heroics gave the Lady Tigers the edge they needed to come from behind and secure a 68-59 win over the North Hall Lady Trojans on Jan. 22 at Dawson County High School.
“We made a good run in the third quarter, 24-6,” Head Coach Steve Sweat said. “Some good defense and fast break points to take the lead back after three quarters.”
The Lady Tigers opened the game behind the hard-charging inside play of junior Marley Townley (who led the team in scoring through the first half) along with outside accuracy from sophomore Maddie Anglin and freshman Ella Siuta and quickly built a 20-11 lead after the first period.
North Hall took over the momentum in the second period as junior Maci Gillespie and senior Ansleigh Ferguson established their presence in the lane and dominated the rebound game to give the Lady Trojans the lead, 31-26, heading into halftime.
Sticker exploded in the second half as she scored from every corner of the floor, posting points from the lane, the perimeter and the free-throw line to lead Dawson County to a 24-6 run in the third period.
Despite a late game charge from North Hall's Ferguson and junior Grace Hollifield, who combined for 22 points in the fourth period, the Lady Tigers went on to victory by the final score of 68-59 to split the season series and hold tightly to their second-place spot in region 7-AAA.
The win moves the Lady Tigers to 15-7 overall and 6-3 in regional play as the end of the season approaches.
Dawson County continues their season with a game against regional rivals, the Lumpkin County Indians, on Jan. 25.
Tigers need final shot to win over North Hall
In a game that came down to the final shot, the Dawson County Tigers held off the North Hall Trojans by a final score of 58-56 on Jan. 22.
The win marks a clean sweep of the season series and keeps alive the Tigers slim hopes of a number one seed in the upcoming 7-AAA regional tournament in February.
Senior Ahmad Kamara, who has been a quiet presence all season, pulled up in traffic and calmly sank the winning shot as time expired to extend the Tigers' record to 18-4 overall and 7-2 in regional play. Kamara finished the night with 9 points and 4 rebounds.
Junior Jasper Gibson continued to demonstrate his accuracy from all corners of the hardwood as he led the team with 25 points.
Senior Luke Chism posted his 13th double-double of the season as he racked up 18 points and 11 rebounds along with four assists over his four periods of play.
The win secured Dawson County’s second-place standing in region 7-AAA.
The Tigers continue the season against conference foe and regional rival Lumpkin County on Jan. 25 at Lumpkin.