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Slow start stalls ladies team
Split games with Gilmer/Lumpkin
Varsity Girls Bball pic
Sheyenne Seabolt led the team with 14 points in a win over Lumpkin County. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

It was an up and down week for head coach Steve Sweat's varsity Lady Tigers basketball team.

The team began the week with a visit to Ellijay for a rematch with Gilmer County.

In the first game between the two teams this season Dawson County came away with a low scoring, 42-31 win.

This time the story was different. The Lady Bobcats took a 29-21 halftime lead and defeated the Lady Tigers 62-56.

The Lady Tigers hosted the Lumpkin County Lady Indians onDec. 16.

The last time the two teams had faced off against each other was 2006.

In front of a huge crowd at the Ford E. Phillips Center in Dawsonville, the Lady Tigers used a stingy defense in the second and third quarters to come away with a huge 54-37 victory.

Dawson stands at 5-4 on the season.

In the Gilmer game, the Lady Tigers fought back from a 42-35 deficit after three quarters of play.

Dawson pulled within three points in the fourth quarter, but just couldn't get the lead.

The Lady Tigers had to foul to stop the clock late in the fourth quarter, but Gilmer (7-2) nailed it's free throws in the dying moments of the game.

"We did not get off to a very good start and Gilmer did," Sweat said. "We got behind by 15 points in the second half but fought back to cut the lead to three in the fourth quarter."

Junior Carly Gilreath led Dawson County in scoring with 16 points. Gilreath also dished out four assists in the loss.

Lady Tigers' Kacie Bearden also had a big game offensively. She hit five, 3-pointers for 15 points.

Lady Tigers' scorers were: Carly Gilreath - 16 points; Kacie Bearden - 15 points; Allie Costley - 7 points; Ashley Parker - 7 points; Sheyenne Seabolt - 4 points; Morgan Huber - 3 points; Kimberly Wallace - 2 points and Kenna Seitz - 2 points.

Despite trailing 12-11 after one quarter, the Lady Tigers rebounded with a 17-point win over Lumpkin County on Dec. 16.

The Lady Tigers exploded offensively in the second half and scored 31 points to Lumpkin's 16-points to secure the win.

Freshman Sheyenne Seabolt scored in double figures with 14 points to lead the Dawson County offense.

"This was a great win by the Lady Tigers over arch rival Lumpkin County. We have not played in regular season in quite some time. The gym was full and the fans were loud and supportive on both sides," Sweat said.

Also scoring for Dawson County were: Kimberly Wallace with 9 points; Carly Gilreath - 8 points; Kenna Seitz - 7 points; Allie Costley - 6 points; Ashley Parker - 4 points; Hannah Porter - 4 points and Morgan Huber - 2 points.

"It was a great atmosphere to play a high school basketball game in at the ‘Ford' tonight. It felt like old times with Dawsonville going against Dahlonega," Sweat said.

The Lady Tigers will travel to Hiawassee next week to play in the Battle of the States Tournament hosted by Towns County High School.

Dawson will match-up with Murphy, N.C. at 10 a.m. Tuesday.