The Dawson County High School varsity boys' basketball team picked up a much needed win over Franklin County last week in Dawsonville. The Tigers scored 17 fourth quarter points to come away with the 53-39 win.
"The homecoming win over Franklin was important," Burgess said. "I thought our match-up gave Franklin fits, and we got some easy points in the paint."
J.T. Eggert had a big game offensively with 16 points to lead the Tigers in scoring.
Eight different players got in the scorebook for Burgess' team.
Scoring were Jackson Morgan and Dylan Nix with nine points each, Logan Crumley with six points, Cullen Reed added five points, Levi Whitmire had four points, Brody Chester picked up two points and Coey Watson and Brandon Abbott each scored a single point.
Jackson Morgan had two big three-point shots to stake the Tigers to a 14-6 first quarter advantage.
Dawson County outscored Coach Harry Marsh's Lions 10-8 in the second quarter to establish a 24-14 lead at halftime.
Down the stretch, Dawson County rode the offensive play of Eggert, four points, and Nix, five points, in the fourth quarter. The Tigers also converted 5-of-10 free throws to pull out the victory.
KeAndre Morrison led Franklin County in scoring with 15 points.
Franklin County is now 11-12 overall and 5-6 in Region 7-AAA.
The Tigers ended the week with a game at Lumpkin County (8-16; 5-6) against their arch-rival. Dawson County lost the contest, 69-43, after getting off to a slow start in the opening quarter.
Lumpkin outscored Dawson 23-7 to set the tone for the game.
Coach Chris Guthrie's team was outscored 15-7 in the second quarter but still maintained a 30-22 lead.
Dawson County couldn't stop the Indians in the second half. Lumpkin County outscored the Tigers 39-21 for the region win.
The Tigers were led in scoring by J.T. Eggert, for the second time during th week, with 15 points.
Dylan Nix also posted double digits with 12 points, eight of those points came in the second quarter.
Also scoring for the Tigers were Cullen Reed with seven points, Levi Whitmire added five points, Coey Watson and Joseph Cronin added two points.
"Lumpkin came out with a great deal of energy and gained confidence by getting off to such a great start, draining five three-pointers in a row. We were able to get back in the game in the second quarter," Burgess said.
Morgan didn't play in the game due to a leg injury.
Lumpkin had three players in double figures, led by Zack Pulley with 18 points. Pulley connected on five three-point shots. Jack Howard, three three-pointers, and Matt Satterfield had 12 and 11 points respectively.
The Indians had 11 three-pointers in the game.
"We have one week left, with a road game at Fannin then what might decide any chance of a playoff with a home game with West Hall," Burgess said.
Friday's game with West Hall will begin at 8:30 p.m.
It will be senior night for the Tigers.
Dawson County lost to West Hall 50-48 in early January.