Dawson County hosted the second round of the GHSA state tournament with a game versus the Westminster Wildcats Feb. 21.
The Tigers took the lead on the first shots of the game and never looked back as they cruised past the Wildcats by a final score of 62-40.
It took just over two minutes for the Dawson County offense to shift into gear, sparked by a pair of free throws from junior Jasper Gibson, that tied the game at the six-minute mark of the first period.
The score remained close through most of the period until the Tigers unleashed a series of 3-pointers that extended their lead to 17-8 after the first eight minutes.
The Wildcats made a determined effort to slow down the pace of the game during the second period, but senior Luke Chism aggressively challenged the lane while juniors Campbell Reed and Tate Adkins continued to put up points from the outside and the Tigers doubled-up Westminster to take a 32-15 lead into the locker room.
The Tigers took advantage of a series of Westminster turn overs to open the second half with an 8-0 run that essentially iced the game as the team went on to outscore the Wildcats 16-4 in the third period to put the game out of reach headed into the final set.
Westminster continued to fight through the fourth period, putting up their best numbers of the night, as Dawson County fielded their backup unit to close out the game and catapult the Tigers into the Elite Eight round.
Chism’s 18 points led all scorers, while Gibson chipped in 8 points in the match. Junior Eli Burruss rounded out the Dawson County scoring with 9 points.
With the win the Tigers extended their season record to 26-4 and the team will continue to play host as they prepared for a third-round contest with Franklin County on Feb. 27.