The Dawson County junior varsity girls' basketball program got back to the court last week for the first time since mid-December and lost on the road at Union County.
The Lady Tigers were down 25-4 after one quarter of play but fought back through the second half, losing 48-42.
"The JV girls had not played a game since Dec. 19, so we were a little rusty in the first half," said Coach Anne Hyams. "We were slow to react to the pressure, had difficulty generating points on offense, but kept playing hard."
Hyams and Coach Tanya Porter were pleased with the way the team did not back down, reducing a 25 point deficit to only five.
"I believe if we had a couple more minutes, we would have won the game," Hyams said.
Heading into the final period, the Lady Panthers held a 39-21 lead.
Maggie Schandera drove and put in 2 points underneath before adding two more on a short jumper on the following Dawson possession.
Chloe Bennett scored on a fast break and then drew a foul.
Bennett led the scoring with 12 points on the night. Kendall Martin and Rachel Swafford both added 7.
Bennett went to the line again in the fourth putting in one of her two shots before Union called a timeout with 2:24 to play and the score at 46-35.
Just after the break Bennett was able to get a steal and score on the turnover.
Another Bennett basket narrowed the gap to 5 points, but with only a few seconds left the Lady Tigers were forced to foul.
The team played again at East Hall on Saturday for a game that was made up due to weather. The Lady Tigers won 41-36 Bennett had 13 points.
The junior varsity girls and boys will play again on Jan. 20 at Lumpkin County.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21, both junior varsity programs will play in a tournament hosted by Dawson County High School and Dawson County Junior High.
Teams scheduled to play include the boys and girls programs from Lumpkin County, White County, Habersham, Lanier, Gilmer and the boys' teams from Dawson Christian and West Hall.
The tournament will conclude on Jan. 28 at DCHS.