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Sweat records 400th win
Ladies take down Indians
Varsity Girls Bball pic
Kenna Seitz shoots over an outstretched hand from a Rabun County defender. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson Community News

Dawson County High School coach Steve Sweat picked up his 400th career win on Saturday with a 47-31 defeat of Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.

It was another milestone in an illustrious career that has spanned more than 28 years coaching both boys and girls basketball in Georgia.

Sweat has coached at several schools; including, Franklin County, Dawson County (twice), Berkmar and West Hall.

"I thanked the girls for tonight's special win," Sweat said. "What they did not know was this win was the 400th victory of my career.

"I have been blessed through the years to have great players, work for and with great people, and have had unbelievable support from my family," Sweat said

Junior Carly Gilreath led Dawson County in scoring against Lumpkin County with 14 points and four assists.

Gilreath was also perfect from the free throw line. She went 6 for 6 from behind the charity stripe.

Dawson County used full court, pressure defense to disrupt the Lady Indians on their home floor.

Lumpkin only managed to score single digits in each quarter except the fourth, where they had 10 points.

First half play was sloppy for both teams. The Lady Tigers were able to build a 7 point lead, 21-14, after 16 minutes of play.

Sweat's team extended its lead to 33-21 after three quarters.

Allie Costley also scored in double digits for the Lady Tigers. She tallied 11 points.

Lady Tigers Kenna Seitz had a big night on the boards for her team. She pulled down 11 rebounds. Seitz also had two points in the win.

"We got back on the winning track tonight with this win," Sweat said.

Lady Tigers scorers: Gilreath - 14 points; Costley - 11 points; Ashley Parker - 8 points; Morgan Huber - 4 points; Kacie Bearden - 3 points; Sheyenne Seabolt - 3 points; Whitney Glover - 2 points and Seitz - 2 points.

Dawson County played host to No. 3-ranked in Class AA, Rabun County on Jan. 6.

The Lady Wildcats are currently undefeated at 14-0.

Rabun County proved why it is one of the top ranked teams in the state with a 75-57 win over Dawson County in front of a big crowd in Dawsonville.

Sweat's team trailed only 18-16 after one quarter.

The Lady Wildcats turned up their defensive pressure in the second quarter and outscored Dawson 26-11 to take a commanding 44-27 halftime lead.

The second half was played evenly by both teams.

Rabun held a 31-30 scoring margin over the Lady Tigers over the last two quarters to come away with the 18-point win.

Morgan Huber had a big night offensively for Dawson. She connected on 4, three-pointers in only five attempts. Huber had a game-high 12 points for Dawson County.

Freshmen Ashley Parker and Sheyenne Seabolt both scored in double figures with 10 points each.

This was the first Region 8A-AA game of the year for both teams.

The Lady Tigers are currently 9-7 overall and 0-1 in region play.

Lady Tigers scorers: Huber - 12 points; Parker - 10 points; Seabolt - 10 points; Gilreath - 7 points; Bearden - 6 points; Kimberly Wallace - 4 points; Seitz - 4 points and Costley - 4 points.

The Lady Tigers will be back in action at 7 p.m. Friday at home against Region 8A-AA foe Fannin County.

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