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Lady Tigers drop last two region games
Dawson finishes regular season seeded No. 4
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Cadey Ayers reaches for a rebound during last weeks home matchup against Union County. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County varsity girls' team finished up their regular season play last week when they hosted East Hall and Union County and fell to both teams.

In both games, there was one quarter that would end up being the downfall for the Lady Tigers.

"That's a good way to put it," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "It being that ‘one quarter' we only had single digit scoring resulting in two games being lost."

In the Feb. 3 game with Union County, the Lady Tigers got behind early but fought back to take a 26-21 lead into half.

It was the third quarter that tripped them up.

"We came out flat in the third quarter and Union outscored us 16-6," Sweat said.

Out of the half, Calli Watson hit a three from up top and then Union began to work its way back in scoring on two drives down low and then on a pull up jumper to cut the Dawson lead to 1 point.

The Lady Panthers called a timeout with 52.6 seconds in the quarter and came out of it with a 3-pointer followed by a 3-point play.

After the third, Union led 37-32.

Dawson County bounced back again in the final period, but it was not enough.

Marlie Townley put in two to start the fourth and then Union scored 8 points in a row before Kaylee Sticker got a steal and a score off an inbounds.

She would do it again after a Union timeout.

Sticker led the scoring against the Lady Panthers with 24 points. Watson had 11 and Cadey Ayers added 4 points.

The Lady Tigers lost 53-46.

The Dawson County Lady Tigers faced a tough East Hall team on Jan. 31 at home and lost 54-48.

The region matchup saw the Lady Tigers get a sluggish offensive start and get doubled up early in the first quarter.

The first quarter would be the difference in the game as Dawson fought back for the remaining periods but could not overcome that initial deficit.

The first score of the game for Dawson came off a Sticker assist to Ayers down low.

Ayers would continue to quietly do her job and end the night with a game high 17 points. She scored 12 of Dawson's 18 points in the first half of play.

"She has really been working hard to improve her game," Sweat said. "Her rebounding and defense has been better."

She went around a defender two possession later for another easy two before picking up a defensive rebound, getting out to Sticker who fed her again. She went to the line and put in one of two free throws.

In the second quarter, Chloe Bennett fed Anna Lowe who found Ayers for an assist and Ayers converted on the foul after putting in her shot.

With 2:58 until half, Dawson called a timeout down 19-12.

Out of the break, Lowe would pick up another assist finding Ayers again. On the next trip, Lowe added 2 points.

At the half, the Lady Vikings took a 20-18 lead to the locker room.

The scoring was even in the third at 14 each.

Sticker hit a 3-pointer from up top for the first Lady Tiger lead at 21-20.

Later in the third, Dawson would push it up court from Abi Chatham to Sticker to Ayers who again went to the line.

The next possession Chatham pulled up for what was a long 2-point shot.

Chatham and Sticker both had 10 points on the night and Marlie Townley had 7.

The Lady Tigers are now 8-16 overall and 5-7 in Region 7-AAA.

The team ended the regular season seeded No. 4 and faced Union County again at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Greater Atlanta Christian. Results were not available as of press time.

If Dawson wins, the Lady Tigers would advance to face East Hall at 7 p.m. on Feb. 10 at Union County. The region championship game will be at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Union County.