Last Friday the Lady Tigers traveled to play rivals Lumpkin County and got a big region win on the road.
Dawson won at Lumpkin County 58-48 on Jan. 20 with sophomore Kaylee Sticker putting in 27 points.
"Any win is a good thing," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "Any road win in our region is good. A win on the road, in region, and against a rival is really nice."
Sticker opened the game draining a long 3-pointer and Lumpkin immediately called a timeout.
Anna Lowe had a big block underneath after Emma Brown picked up a rebound and added 2 points.
Sticker and Watson both added another three in the first and Sticker drove to the basket to convert a 3-point play.
The Lady Tigers led 18-7 after one period.
Lowe added another block early in the second and Abi Chatham put in a three after another Brown rebound.
Lowe grabbed another rebound and fed Brown for two more underneath before her next rebound that would get the ball out to Chloe Bennett for a three.
The Lady Tigers were up 30-21 going to half.
Out of half, Lowe put in two right away and Chatham hit Sticker on the outside for a 3-pointer. Sticker would follow that with a drive for another easy two to make it a 9-point Tiger lead.
The Lady Indians fought back to narrow the lead to two near the end of the third.
The lead changed repeatedly through the final period before the Lady Tigers went on a 6-0 run to secure the win.
Chatham drained a three from the top right side and Sticker scored off a steal before stealing it again on the inbounds pass for another quick two.
"The ‘run' at the end sealed the win for us," Sweat said. "I would rather it not be so late in the game, but I will take it at any time to help us get the win. To give that kind of effort when you are already tired was even more impressive."
Brown had 7 points and Chatham added 6 against the Lady Indians.
The Lady Tigers suffered a home loss on Jan. 17 at the hands of a fast and dominant Greater Atlanta Christian team.
"I was not pleased with the GAC game because we did not win and we did not gain any ground from the first time we played them," said Sweat.
The Lady Spartans won 63-34.
Brown started the scoring for Dawson County with a 3-pointer, but not many more would fall early.
GAC outscored Dawson 21-10 in the first quarter as the Lady Tigers struggled from behind the arc.
Calli Watson hit a three late in the quarter and Sticker was able to score on a fast break.
Cadey Ayers also got on the board early with a shot down low.
Ayers and Marlie Townley led the scoring against the Lady Spartans, each contributing 6 points in the game.
In the third quarter things got heated as Brown went to the floor and was hit getting up. The crowd went ballistic and Sweat called for a time out.
Sweat spent most of it talking to the refs.
After three, GAC led 56-23.
Dawson was able to outscore the Lady Spartans in the final period 11-7 but it was not enough.
The varsity girls are 7-13 overall and 4-4 in Region 7-AAA.
The Lady Tigers played Fannin County at home on Jan. 24, but results were not available as of press time.
All of the Dawson teams will face North Hall beginning at 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 for homecoming.
The junior varsity girls took home a 50-27 win over Lumpkin County on Jan. 20 before entering JV tourney play on Jan. 21.
Marlie Townley led the scoring against the Lady Indians with 14 points. Maggie Schanedera added 10 and Kendall Martin and Mattie Grant each had 7 points.
"The girls worked the ball inside better and we were able to capitalize on the high percentage shots under the basket," said Coach Anne Hyams.
In the first round of the tournament, the girls beat White County 46-18 and advanced to the semifinal round where they defeated Lanier 49-42.
"I am proud of the effort that the girls put forth in the game," Hyams said. "We trailed the first three quarters, but had an 18-8 run in the fourth to edge Lanier out by 5 points."
The team will face Lumpkin in the championship round at 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 28 at DCHS.
The JV team will play at 4 p.m. on Jan. 27 against North Hall for their homecoming game.