Neither the Dawson County High School Lady Tigers nor the Tigers basketball program could come away from Johns Creek High School with a win on Tuesday, Nov. 16.
After winning their first game of the season against KIPP Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 13, Dawson County once again put themselves in a place to win their second game of the season against the Gladiators.
With 1:07 left in the fourth quarter, the Lady Tigers held a 47-45 lead, but a banked three-point shot gave Johns Creek the lead with 55 seconds left. The Gladiators made their free throws and held the Lady Tigers scoreless for the remainder of the game.
“I thought we played hard and competed well,” Lady Tigers head coach Eric Herrick said after the game. “We didn’t shoot it well, but still had a chance to win the game. Our effort was good, we’ve just got to make some shots”
It was a breakout performance for freshman Eva Bishop., who had a double-double already halfway through the third quarter. Bishop finished with a team-high 14 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore Morgan Chester also had a double-double in the game, finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds, with a team-high three steals.
“[Bishop] and [Chester] were both really good on the boards for us,” Herrick said. “They were flying around, making plays, dominating the glass and getting us second shots. They’re definitely going to have a huge impact for us this season with their activity level.”
Herrick pointed to shooting woes for his team as a main factor to head into practice with this week. The team made 2 of 21 shots from behind the three-point arc and converted only 7 of 16 free throw attempts.
However, Herrick said the team does not look discouraged, but is eager to get back onto the court.
“Even after this game, I don’t think we’re disheartened,” Herrick said. “ We’re not pointing fingers. We’re disappointed because we thought we had a chance to win it late, but our spirits are still high and feel really good about where we’re at. We enjoy being at practice and being around each other everyday. We’re just going to build off of this.”
The Lady Tigers (1-1) will continue their season on Saturday, Nov. 20 at home during the Roger Slaton Classic. Their first game of the tournament will be against Forsyth Central at 4:30 p.m.
The Tigers basketball team had no answer for the Johns Creek offense, losing Tuesday night’s game 68-44.
Playing their best basketball of the game coming out of halftime still saw the Tigers lose the third quarter by three points.
Senior Tristan Talley and sophomore Trey Harvey both had team-highs in points with nine. Talley also had eight rebounds, a team-high. Senior Jackson Binkley and sophomore Caden Reed each scored eight points, with Binkley recorded five assists, a team-high.
The Tigers (0-2) will hunt for their first win of the season against Chestatee High School on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.