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On the verge of history
Record improves to 23-0
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Lady Tigers Karlie Bearden, right, and Peytan Porter trap a Lumpkin County player during Fridays game. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

The Dawson County High School varsity Lady Tigers basketball team is on the verge of making history again.

Coach Steve Sweat's ladies are two games away from finishing a perfect season. Every win the Lady Tigers capture puts them deeper into the record books.

With the two wins last week the team has clinched the regular season championship.

Opposing teams are using all kind of offensive and defensive schemes to stop the Lady Tigers, but to no avail. Such was the case last week with Dawson County picking up wins over Franklin County, 72-45, on Jan. 28 and Lumpkin County, 53-31, Jan. 30 in Dahlonega.

In the game against Franklin County, the Dawson County defense allowed single digit scoring in three of the four quarters to pick up the Region 7-AAA victory.

Behind three 3-pointers, two by Sheyenne Seabolt and one by Haley Burgess, Dawson County jumped out to a big 24-9 advantage and were never really threatened the rest of the evening.

Seabolt scored 10 points in the first quarter and 12 in the third quarter for a game-high 29 points.

Dawson County continued to pour on the full court pressure in the second quarter staking them to a 37-17 halftime lead.

Coach Holly Wilk-Mason's team did pick up the pace in the third quarter and cut the Dawson County lead down to 12 points.

Sweat called a much needed timeout to stop the momentum by the Lady Lions.

"We made some adjustments and went on our own run pushing the lead out to 30 points," Sweat said. "I am so proud of the way the girls have fought back in games to take the lead or build the lead."

Getting in the scoring column for Dawson County, in addition to Seabolt, were: Peytan Porter and Burgess with eight points each, Karlie Bearden ripped down 10 rebounds and scored seven points, Ashley Parker added seven points, Katelynn Simpson scored six points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Jordan Moore had five points and Erin Chatham added two points.

Franklin County is now 14-9 overall and 6-5 in Region 7-AAA.

On Friday night the Lady Tigers traveled to Dahlonega to face a struggling Lumpkin County (2-22; 0-11) team coached by Matthew Youngblood.

The Lady Indians are winless in region play.

Youngblood's team spread the floor on offense and tried to slow down the tempo.

The tactic seemed to confuse the Lady Tigers, but after some adjustments defensively, Dawson County took a 16-9 first quarter lead.

The game remained close with the Lady Tigers holding a 38-24 advantage going into the last eight minutes of the game.

Sweat's team finally pulled away in the fourth quarter and outscored Lumpkin County 15-7 for a comfortable 22-point win.

Dawson County had three players in double figures, led by Bearden with a double-double . She scored 13 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Burgess added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Also putting points on the board were Seabolt with nine points, Simpson added five points, Chatham had three points and Porter scored two points.

The Lady Tigers, ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, are 23-0 and 10-0 in region play.

Dawson County will finish the regular season with a trip to Fannin County, yesterday, (scores were not available as of press time) and a home game against West Hall on Friday.

Friday's game will tipoff at 7 p.m. and it will be senior night.