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Lady Tigers fall short against Habersham
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Emma Brown and Anna Lowe defend against a Lady Raider during Saturdays game against Habersham Central. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers varsity basketball team traveled to Habersham Central over the weekend and played a tight game against the Lady Raiders, but were unable to hold on for the win.

Dawson County lost 55-42 on Nov. 26.

"We have got to keep working and improving to find a way to win," said Head Coach Steve Sweat.

Despite a clear height advantage for Habersham, the Lady Tigers were still able to compete on rebounding.

Kati Brady hit a three pointer as the first quarter ended and to give Dawson a 16-7 lead.

Habersham battled back in the second quarter of play, outscoring Dawson 16-10 off of multiple turnovers by the Lady Tigers.

The Lady Raiders put in three shots in a row with three and a half minutes until half to keep it close and a Kaylee Sticker shot just before half sent Dawson to the locker room with a 26-23 lead.

Sticker led the scoring with 10 points.

Habersham came away with multiple steals early in the second half as the momentum shifted to the Lady Raiders.

Coming into the Saturday contest, Habersham's record was 4-1 with significant wins over White County, Franklin County and Johnson.

Habersham tied up the score in the third quarter on a three point shot.

Abi Chatham fired back with a three to regain the lead for Dawson at 31-28.

With a 36-34 lead going into the final quarter, the Lady Tigers were unable to slow the Lady Raiders and Habersham outscored Dawson 21-6 in the last period.

Dawson County finished out last week's Thanksgiving tournament at North Forsyth with a 61-19 loss to Alpharetta and a 58-33 loss to St. Pius.

The team moves to 0-5 on the season.

The Lady Tigers play again beginning at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 against White County at home.

Junior Varsity
The junior varsity Lady Tigers also took on Habersham Central on Nov. 26 and lost a close contest at the last second, 35-33.

According to Coach Anne Hyams, a number of the girls are playing on both the junior varsity and varsity teams to gain more game experience.

"The girls have been working hard at practice and during the games and should continue to grow and mature into a solid group of basketball players for years to come," Hyams said.

Hyams said that fourth quarter turnovers by the Lady Tigers gave Habersham a chance to get back in the game as Dawson held a 29-17 lead after three quarters of play.

"Although we did not come out on top at the end of the game, I am proud of the hustle and intensity that they brought to the court," she said.

Chloe Martin led the scoring with 10 points. Isabella Tinsley added 7 and Marlie Townley had 5 points.

The junior varsity will play White County at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 at home.