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WINTER PREVIEW: The Anglin era is set to begin for Lady Tigers basketball
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Abby Samples-Slaton drives toward the paint during a game in last season’s region tournament. She will be an important part of the team’s offense this season. - photo by Rio White

A new era in Dawson County athletics is set to begin, with former Tigers basketball player Will Anglin taking over the helm as head coach of the girls basketball team.

In the nine years since his graduation from DCHS, Anglin remained a mainstay of local sports and has served as an assistant basketball coach and the head boys golf coach.

Now, Anglin will take over a Lady Tigers squad that looks to expand on its first-round state playoff appearance last season.

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Led by senior scoring machine Kirklyn Porter and a rising star in junior Morgan Chester, the team’s roster is nearly identical to last year’s.

Having only lost senior Ella Siuta  — whose younger sister Maddie is now on the varsity roster — Anglin has inherited a tight knit squad that now has the added benefit of his own youthful energy.

All summer, Anglin has been preparing his team for a new-look Region 7-3A that includes longtime girls basketball powerhouse Pickens County.

With the Dragonettes looking to challenge defending class 3A state champion Lumpkin County, Dawson will also be looking to earn their place as a region contender.


What to expect:


Anglin is set to release a high-energy offense that will need to put plenty of points on the board to earn a state playoff berth.

The main rival for Dawson this season will once again be White County, who will also be the most evenly matched team with the Lady Tigers to begin the season.

Those two teams faced off three times last season, with the Lady Warriors winning their region tournament meeting to take the third seed heading into the state playoffs.

This season, Dawson will look to both stave off White County and pose a challenge to Pickens and Lumpkin. 


Who to watch for:


There are plenty of players on the roster who have the potential to lead the Lady Tigers to success.

While Porter is known for her scoring and accuracy from the perimeter, her passing will also play a significant role in the team’s consistency. 

Chester is an efficient player in the interior, scoring frequently in the paint and often rebounding the ball with ease.

Defensively, the length of Jaci Wilson and Heather Burt will also be important in both stopping the opposing team’s momentum and picking up rebounds.

Juniors Abby Samples-Slaton and Kindra Coker are set to provide additional offensive support throughout the season, with both players having improved over the summer. 

Last season, Samples-Slaton showed a willingness to drive into the paint on offense and play with just as much energy on defense. Coker, who was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year last season, will also be an important spot shooter for the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Tigers will begin their season at the Dawson County Tip-Off Classic Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. against Creekview.

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