The varsity Lady Tigers battled hard with the Rabun County Lady Wildcats last week and lost a tough game at home.
Rabun came away with an 80-71 victory on Dec. 6.
"It was a typical North Georgia girls basketball game," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "Two teams playing hard and physical."
Early in the game, Rabun pressure stifled the Lady Tigers' offensive opportunities.
"We did have turnovers, but we also made them turn it over with better defense. We also were able to get points off of those turnovers," he said.
Emma Brown came up with an early block and points off of offensive rebounds. She also drew a response from the crowd when she faked out a Rabun defender on her way to the basket in the second quarter.
When Dawson got free of the press, Anna Lowe was able to put in 2 points underneath.
"You have to make ‘smart' passes against the pressure they apply, meaning that the ball has to be put in the spot where the defense is not," Sweat said.
After one quarter of play, Rabun led 20-12.
Dawson continued to battle through the second quarter answering as many shots as they could. Kaylee Sticker put in a 3-pointer and Lowe got a big block that was called a foul.
Chloe Bennett added 6 points in the second by driving to the hoop and drawing fouls on three occasions.
Dawson went to half down 3 points at 41-38.
The Lady Tigers jumped out in the third quarter and took the lead after Sticker and Ayers put in points at the line, Lowe scored off her own rebound and Calli Watson drained a 3-pointer.
Rabun's Brook Henricks put in a three of her own before adding another 2 points to regain the lead.
At the end of three quarters, Rabun held a 67-53 lead.
The Lady Tigers made another late push with 5:49 to play on a Chatham drive for 2 points, a Sticker steal and score and another massive block from Lowe.
The spree prompted a Rabun timeout and Sticker came up with another steal and drive that put her at the line where she put in both free throws.
Sticker finished the night with 20 points and Lowe had 13.
Dawson continued to fight while Rabun continued to try and slow the pace on their end.
"We had a lot of improvements from the first time we played them. I was very pleased with the improvements. We just have to keep wanting to get better and work for it," Sweat said.
On Dec. 8, the Lady Tigers traveled to Greater Atlanta Christian for their region opener.
The team lost 66-34 to make them 0-1 in Region 7AAA and 1-7 on the season.
The Lady Tigers faced Lumpkin at home on Dec. 13 but results were not available as of press time.
Dawson will play again at 7 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Fannin County and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 17 at Jefferson.