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Lady Tigers improve to 5-0
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Guard Karlie Bearden goes up strong for a layup during last weeks game against Chestatee High School. - photo by Ryan Coker Dawson County News

The Dawson County High School varsity girls' basketball team remains undefeated following two big wins last week.

Head Coach Steve Sweat's team picked up victories over Rabun County on Dec. 1, 58-46, and Chestatee High School, on Dec. 4 52-34.

The Lady Tigers are currently 5-0.

This week Dawson County will play two big Region 7-AAA games.

Yesterday, the team matched up against region contender East Hall (5-1) and Friday the team will travel to Banks County (4-1) for a tough match-up against the Lady Leopards.

Both East Hall and Banks County should be serious contenders in the region.

In last week's game against the Rabun County Lady Wildcats (3-3) Dawson County experienced something that they hadn't thus far this season, they went into the locker room trailing at the half, 29-27.

Following the intermission, Sweat's team fought back behind the play of freshman Kaylee Stricker.

She led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 17 points to help them fight back for the victory.

"We found out that we can come from behind and win even on the road," Sweat said.

The Lady Tigers picked up the pace in the third quarter and outscored Rabun County, 15-11, to take a slim 42-40 lead.

In the fourth quarter the Lady Tigers dominated.

Dawson County's pressure defense finally wore down the Lady Wildcats, allowing the Lady Tigers to outscore them 16-6 to take the win.

Dawson County placed four players in double figures.

Stricker led the way with 17 points, Haley Burgess added 12 points, Bearden scored 11 points and Katelynn Simpson had 10 points.

Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were Peytan Porter with three points and Eliza Sillesky with two points.

Bearden had a monster game against Chestatee (3-3) on Friday.

The senior guard recorded a double-double with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the non-region win.

Bearden helped get the Lady Tigers off to a great start. She scored 13 of the teams 17 points in the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers held a 17-8 lead after the first eight minutes and never trailed in the ballgame.

The Lady Tigers extended their lead to 31-15 at halftime, but Chestatee didn't give up.

Coach Web Daniel's team closed the gap to 11-points coming out after halftime and outscoring Dawson County, 10-6, in the third quarter.

Dawson County rebounded in the final quarter to take the 18-point win.

The Lady Tigers defense limited Chestatee to single digits in three of the four quarters.

Stricker also scored in double digits for Dawson County with 10 points.

Also entering the scoring column for the Lady Tigers were: Simpson with nine points, Sillesky added four points and Costley added three points.

Sweat said that his team must not get complacent with their 5-0 start, especially with region play coming up.

"We must be ready and play well or we will get beat. Region 7AAA games are always tough," he said.