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Perfection Exists
Lady Tigers make history with 25-0 season
Varsity Girls Bball pic
Lady Tigers Head Coach Steve Sweat talks strategy to his team during a timeout Friday night. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Members of this year's perfect regular season team are:
Seniors
Jordan Moore, MiKaela Egan, Ashley Parker and Sheyenne Seabolt.

Juniors
Karlie Bearden, Katelynn Simpson, Haley Burgess, Erin Chatham, Brittany Griggs, Ansley Costley, Peytan Porter and Lauren Burgess.

The Lady Tigers have three players averaging double digits for the season.
Dawson County is led by Sheyenne Seabolt (14.9 points per game), Ashley Parker (13.7 points per game) and Karlie Bearden (11.3 points per game).
Leaders in rebounding are Parker (8.8 per game), Bearden (8.2 per game) and Seabolt (7.2 per game).

 

Excellent. Perfection. Without blemish. Unmatched.

All these words define the undefeated Dawson County Lady Tiger basketball team after Friday night's 56-49 victory over visiting West Hall.

The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a 25-0 perfect record, making the team the first in school history to record a streak of such magnitude.

"Wow, what an incredible season," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "This is great and I am so proud of this group of girls for the way they have handled everything this year."

Thanks to a great third quarter, Dawson County was able to come away with the seven-point victory.

In that quarter, the Lady Tigers held West Hall to just four points to take a 38-29 lead into the final quarter.

Despite the win, Sweat admitted the game "was not pretty."

"But it was a win," he said.

With the score close for much of the game, Sweat pushed the Lady Tigers to relax and do what they were "supposed to do."

"We are winning the game, so don't play like we are behind," he told the team during a late time out. "Make a run and outscore them so they know they are behind."

Sheyenne Seabolt recorded a double-double with 23 points and 19 rebounds.

The senior was also perfect from the free-throw line going 9-for-9.

Senior Ashley Parker also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Finishing out the scoring were Haley Burgess with eight points, Karlie Bearden added seven points and Jordan Moore contributed three points.

To make the moment better, the win occurred on Senior Night.

Sweat and his staff celebrated by honoring the team's four seniors: Jordan Moore, MiKaela Egan, Parker and Seabolt in front of a huge crowd at home.

"I want to give our senior players a big thank you for all they have done," Sweat said.

Ranked No. 1 in Class AAA, the Lady Tigers picked up their 24th win, a 65-26 victory in Blue Ridge earlier last week.

With one game away from a perfect season, point guard Haley Burgess said the Feb. 3 win over Fannin showed the team's dedication and will to succeed.

"It's awesome just thinking about it," she said. "I was talking to a couple of people the other night, and they told me ‘it's not how you start, it's how you finish.'"

Dawson County's defense was stellar and allowed Fannin County only single digit scores in each quarter.

The Dawson County defensive press allowed easy buckets for the team.

Sweat's team held a 33-15 lead at halftime.

The Lady Tigers erased all chances for Fannin to come back in the third quarter and outscored them 25-7 to hold a 58-22 lead.

"I was really proud of our third quarter with the girls coming out and putting 25 points on the board," Sweat said.

Parker led all scorers with 15 points.

Bearden had a big night with a double-double. She scored 14 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Rounding out the scoring for Dawson County were Seabolt and Katelynn Simpson with nine points each, Hayley Burgess and Erin Chatham added five points each, and Moore, Ansley Costley, Peytan Porter and Lauren Burgess each had two points.

"The big plus for me, as a coach, was we had 10 people score, so 12 played and 10 scored, so we were real pleased with that," Sweat said. "That means they're sharing the ball and getting it to the right person, and that's a good thing to be doing this time a year."

Dawson County receives a bye for winning the Region 7-AAA regular season championship.

The Lady Tigers play Franklin County, in the region tournament, at 7 p.m. Friday night at Franklin County.

Staff writer Michele Hester contributed to this story.