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Tigers fall short against West Hall
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Guard Levi Whitmire attempts to dribble out of trouble during a recent game at home. - photo by File photo

The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team dropped a close 50-48 decision to West Hall last week in Oakwood.

With the Jan. 13 Region 7-AAA loss, Dawson County dropped to 4-16 overall and 1-6 in region play.

Logan Crumley started the scoring for Dawson County in the first quarter.

After a defensive stop, Levi Whitmire drove the length of the floor for a lay-up that gave the Tigers a 4-0 lead.

Crumley finished the game with 12 points for Coach Thad Burgess' team.

Tiger Jackson Morgan scored a basket and converted one of two free throws to extend Dawson's lead to 7-3.

Dawson County continued to score in the first quarter. The Tigers had an 18-10 lead after the first eight minutes of play.

The Tigers opened the second quarter with 10 straight points on scores by Crumley, Cullen Reed and Whitmire to hold a commanding 28-10 advantage.

West Hall scored five points to end the quarter, as Dawson County held a comfortable 30-16 lead.

Following halftime the game began to unravel for the Tigers.

The Spartans Esteban Ulloa scored 17 of his game-high 20 points to push West Hall (3-12; 2-4) to the victory.

Ulloa scored eight points in the last minute of the third quarter to finally West Hall a lead at 38-36.

Ulloa continued in the final quarter. He connected on a three-pointer to open the quarter and extended the West Hall lead to 41-36.

Trailing 50-48 with 7 seconds left, the Tigers missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Dawson County battled throughout the second half behind the scoring of J.T. Eggert.

Eggert scored eight of his team-high 14 points in the final 16 minutes. But despite Eggert's efforts the team dropped the two-point loss.

Completing the scoring for Dawson County were Morgan and Whitmire with seven points each, Reed and Dylan Nix added four points apiece.

Up next for the Tigers will be a trip to Banks County Friday night. The Leopards come into the contest with a 16-3 record overall and are 5-1 in region play. Tip off will be at 8:30 p.m.

Next Tuesday night, Jan. 27 the Tigers will play host to Franklin County at 7:30 p.m. The Lions are currently 9-10 overall and 3-4 in the region.