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Lady Tigers end run for championship
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Goalkeeper Fallan Lacey had 22 saves during Saturdays quarterfinal game against the Westminster Wildcats at home. The Lady Tigers lost 3-1. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Westminster Wildcats put an abrupt stop to the Lady Tigers run for a state championship on Saturday night.

The Dawson County 3-1 loss ended their post season bid to make it beyond the Elite Eight.

Last year's Westminster team also cut the Lady Tiger's post season off in the quarterfinal round when they won 5-0.

"Wow, what a team," Coach Jed Lacey said about the Westminster group. "They had some serious speed. We are fast and we could not run with them."

The game against Westminster (18-1-1) was the antithesis of the Lady Tigers Sweet 16 round game against Central Macon when Dawson ended the game early on the mercy rule.

Dawson County ran circles around the Chargers and the game ended with more than 12 minutes to play at 10-0.

In the May 4 game, Brooke Cagle completed a hat trick with a goal in the first half off a MacKenzie Kimbarl assist and two in the second on Rachael Rajczak and Hope Bennett assists.

Emily Queen started the scoring less than two minutes into that game off a Cagle assist and also put in the second goal at the 17:45 mark.

"It was nice getting a 10-0 victory and no injuries and we got to rest the starters a lot in the second half," Lacey said of the win.

The Westminster game was not as lopsided thanks to the outstanding play in the goal by freshman Fallan Lacey.

"She had so many saves, 22 total. She came up big for us tonight," Lacey said.

Mackenzie Callas had a free kick that nearly went in, just left of the upper 90.

"Then we had two beautifully played corners sent by Callas again. We should have scored on both of them," Lacey said.

The Wildcats did all of their scoring in the first half and the Lady Tigers' defense worked hard to keep them off the board in the second half.

"The girls played their hearts out and left everything on the field. I could not ask any more from them then what they gave. We are so close to bringing a championship home and it will be soon. The girls are ready to get started right now," he said.

"We are going to miss the seniors who helped build this program to where it is today. We have to say goodbye to Tina Libao, Jessie Chambers, Isabella Elliott, Mckenzie Rhoades, Tabitha Morrison and Emily Queen," Lacey said.

The Lady Tigers finished the 2016 season at 16-2-1 overall and undefeated in region play.