Following the cancellation of their game with the Gilmer Bobcats due to playoff football, the Lady Tigers tipped-off against Alpharetta in the 2019-20 basketball season’s home opener on Nov. 16 at the Ford Phillips Arena.
After opening a one-point lead in the first period, Dawson County exploded offensively to outscore the Lady Raiders 24-10 in the second period and 20-6 in the third to take a 29-point lead into the final eight minutes of the game.
Alpharetta refused to go down quietly, mounting a furious comeback attempt with 25-points in the fourth, but Dawson County held strong to secure their first win of the young season by a final score of 72-53.
“We were able to get ahead in the first quarter and continued to increase the lead after each quarter for the victory,” Head Coach Steve Sweat said. “Everybody was able to see some action in the game and nine out of 12 players put points on the board.”
Freshman Kirklynn Porter dialed in her three-point shot as she sank four from distance to lead the team in scoring with 14 points.
Seniors Marlie Townley and Sophia D’Oliveira seemingly scored with 13 points each as they took turns driving the net and combined to score on a handful of fast break plays against the Lady Raiders.
Junior Maddie Anglin also found double digits with 11 points followed by fellow juniors Mariah Benson with seven and Bella Henson with 5.
Highlighting this season’s scoring depth for the Lady Tigers, a trio of newcomers to the varsity squad in Avery Herring, Reese Moore and Cydney Cunningham also made their mark on the scoreboard during the match.
Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 19 against the Flowery Branch Falcons. Results were unavailable as of press time.