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Lady Tigers put in work at summer camps
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Cadey Ayers brings the ball up court during summer basketball practice while Head Coach Steve Sweat looks on at Dawson County High School. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Dawson County Lady Tigers basketball team is in the midst of summer work outs and camp dates and according to Head Coach Steve Sweat this is how the team will find out where they are for the upcoming season.

"The girls are working hard and doing the best they can to help us have a great season next year," Sweat said.

Eight freshmen and a sophomore transfer student have been added this offseason, according to assistant coach Anne Hyams.

The junior varsity and varsity level players started practices just after Memorial Day and will continue a busy schedule through June 23.

"The varsity has been adding new elements to their game at camp and they have picked up where they left off from the state tournament," Hyams said. "They are playing with a lot of intensity, confidence and hustle. The guards are seeing the floor well and the posts are stronger now that we are a more seasoned team."

The Lady Tigers finished last season 12-18 overall and 5-7 in region play. The team peaked at the end of the season with play that took them to the Elite Eight of the Class AAA state tournament.

Last week the Lady Tigers participated in a University of North Georgia camp where they played a total of eight games in three days.

"It is a good test to see where you are and what you need to work on as a team and individually," Sweat said.

Both coaches praised the efforts of the varsity group, saying they played selflessly together.

As practices continue, the teams will attend three more camps before the month is out.

"Although the JV is height challenged, they play with an enormous amount of heart and hustle," Hyams said.

On June 13, Dawson will participate in a Hart County camp. June 15-17 the team will travel for a camp at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the final event will be the Jefferson camp from June 20-22.

The team will wrap up summer practices with their annual trip to Dairy Queen.

"The 2017-2018 upcoming season looks very promising with an extraordinary group of young ladies on both the varsity and JV squads due to their work ethic, great attitudes and talent," Hyams said.