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Team effort helps Lady Tigers move forward in Region Tournament
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Abby Slaton drives into the paint during the game against West Hall. - photo by Rio White

10 points each from senior Ella Siuta, junior Kirklyn Porter and sophomore Jaci Wilson helped propel the Dawson County girls basketball team to a 62-13 victory over West Hall in their first-round Region 7-AAA tournament matchup on Tuesday, Feb. 8.


The Lady Tigers began the game similarly to how they did in their previous meeting with West Hall, by building an early lead from the 3-point line. 


While Porter and Siuta would contribute early from outside the arc, Wilson would find success with her good positioning around the rim. Abby Slaton helped facilitate the offense with her confident drives into the paint and precise passing.


With the score at 44-10 at halftime, the rest of the squad was able to contribute to the team’s success. By the end of the game, all but one player contributed to the scoresheet.

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Sophomore guard Anna Ayers looks to quickly pass the ball to a teammate. - photo by Rio White


The win gives Dawson County the opportunity to advance in the region tournament and go up against a familiar foe in North Hall.


Their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10 will be a chance for the Lady Tigers to avenge two close losses earlier in the season.


In order for the scoreline to end in their favor this time around, head coach Eric Herrick has highlighted some areas of needed improvement.


“We need to make better decisions with the basketball,” Herrick said. “They had 22 points off turnovers last game against us…we’ve got to shoot the ball better [as well].”


The second-round matchup between the Lady Tigers and Lady Trojans will be held at East Forsyth at 6 p.m.