After back to back losses to East Hall and Chestatee, the Dawson County Lady Tigers varsity basketball team bounced back in a big way with a decisive, 64-37, over visiting Union County last week.
It was just what the doctor ordered, according to head coach Steve Sweat. The win propels the Lady Tigers to an 18-2 overall record.
Following the two losses Dawson County fell from the No. 1-ranked team to the No. 8-ranked team in Class AAA.
With the loss to the Lady Tigers, Jim Hughes' Lady Panthers fell to 11-7 on the season.
"Thank goodness, the Lady Tigers were able to get back in the winning column tonight," Sweat said following the Jan. 19 contest. "The girls worked hard after a tough weekend and came out with some fire tonight.
"It was great to get back in the win column. I was very pleased because of the way the girls came focused and ready to play."
The Lady Tigers used their pressure defense to score at will against the Lady Panthers in the first half.
Dawson County went into the locker room at halftime with a considerable lead at, 39-16.
Dawson County seemed to take its frustrations out on Union County, after losing the two games previously.
Sweat's team extended its lead in the third quarter going up, 48-21.
Eleven Dawson County players entered the scoring column.
Two of those players scored in double digits, led by Katelynn Simpson and Kaylee Sticker with 10 points each.
Karlie Bearden and Ansley Costley each had 8 points, Haley Burgess and Eliza Sillesky each had 6 points, Abi Chatham scored 5, Anna Lowe scored 4, Erin Chatham had 3, and Emma Brown and Tabitha Morrison scored 2 each.
Dawson County has three games remaining in the regular season.
Last week's game against Banks County has been rescheduled for Saturday. The game was rescheduled due to last week's inclement weather. A tentative start time has been announced for 5 p.m.
Earlier this season Dawson County defeated Coach Jerry King's team, 75-54, in Homer.
On Friday, the Tigers will host rival Lumpkin County at the Ford E. Phillips Gymnasium.
Sweat's team defeated the Lady Indians soundly, 66-36, in early January.
As of press time Lumpkin County has a 6-15 record and the Lady Indians are 1-7 in Region 7-AAA play. Tip-off will be at 7 p.m.
On Feb. 2, the Lady Tigers will play their last regular season home game. The game against Fannin County will also serve as Senior Night.
Sweat and his staff will honor the following 10 seniors: Bearden, Morrison, Simpson, Burgess, Chatham, Brittany Griggs, Costley, Sillesky and Peytan Porter.
Tipoff will be at 6 p.m.