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Tigers take down Warriors
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Coey Watson passes the ball to Cullen Reed during Dawson Countys win over White County on Dec. 3. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

Alumni Night
Dawson County High School is calling all alumni who played basketball for either the girls or boys varsity teams. On Dec. 19 DCHS will host Habersham Central and all former students who were a part of the program will be honored between the varsity games. To get more information, former students may contact Coach Chad Pittman at or Coach Tanya Porter at


The Dawson County Tigers varsity basketball team bounced back and picked up their first home win last week after dropping a game at home to Blessed Trinity.

The Tigers defeated the White County Warriors on Saturday.

It was a total team effort with six players each scoring 7 points or more during the Dec. 3 matchup.

The Tigers won by a final of 61-37 and the team is now 3-3 overall.

Dawson faced Blessed Trinity at home on Dec. 2 and came up short in an overtime game won by last second free throws. The score was 54-52.

"That night was really just a tale of two halves," said Head Coach Chad Pittman. "We didn't play well in the first half. We'd claw back and be right there and then take the next two or three plays off."

Jeremiah Crumley led the scoring with 18 points and Cullen Reed had 16 on the night.

Pittman was pleased with how the team came back to get the win on Saturday over White County.

"I was really happy about the way we came out," he said. "White had beat Lumpkin Friday night by 2 points. We both had grinding games on Friday night so I really felt like whoever comes out to a good start may be able to put the game away."

That team was Dawson County.

Cane Pelfrey went on an early run hitting a 3-point shot from the right wing before putting in a second three from the opposite side of the court.

Ryan Gallenkamp picked up rebounds on both ends of the court before Coey Watson put 2 points in after an offensive rebound.

The Tigers defense applied pressure and Campbell Reed drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the first quarter. Dawson held an 18-10 lead.

"I was really pleased. Had a really good first quarter. Five people scored," Pittman said.

Campbell Reed continued his shooting into the second quarter with two more 3-point shots prompting White County to call a timeout.

Gallenkamp drained a three of his own and White County was called for a walk before Crumley drove and was fouled. He made both free throws.

Crumley scored 7 of his 10 points in the second quarter.

The Warriors would call another time out with 1:29 in the second quarter, but the Tigers were able to take a 33-20 lead into the half.

Cullen Reed sunk both free throws after a foul early in the third and Watson hit a three before Joseph Cronan got things going.

"Coey I thought played really well throughout," he said. "I just felt like we played a fairly complete game.

Cronan followed his missed three for a rebound and added 2 points before hitting a three the next time down.

White County again called a timeout as the Tigers had increased the lead to 42-24.

In the final quarter of play the Warriors received a technical foul on the bench for comments to the referee.

The Tigers continued to pull away after a Crumley three and Cullen Reed two off an inbounds play.

"We got up to 22 at one point and the next two possession we decided we didn't really want to score again. We need to take that next step where you put teams away," Pittman said.

Pittman was proud of the way the team held the Warriors' leading scorer John Ward to only 12 points.
"Everything offensively goes through him. We wanted to hold him to 12 or less," he said.

Dawson County played Rabun on Dec. 6 at home, but results were not available as of press time. The team will travel to Greater Atlanta Christian to play at 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9.

Junior Varsity

The Dawson County junior varsity boys' basketball team had their second game last week and fell to the Warriors of White County.

The Tigers lost at home 51-31.

"I was pleased with the effort in the first half, but we didn't finish strong," said Coach Michael Parker.

Early in the game,Eric Pope, Brody Howell and Chase Walls all had steals, but the Tigers struggled to convert the turnovers to points.

"With this year's JV team, we are in a situation where we are going o have to create turnovers that lead to easy baskets," Parker said.

After one quarter the Tigers were down by three.

The Warriors worked to get the ball underneath and had success with their big men.

Heading to half, White County led 24-18.

Carlos Keller was fouled underneath early in the second half but put in one of two at the line.

The Tigers applied full court pressure out of the half forcing some turnovers, but the team was again unable to convert.

In the third, Dawson struggled with the press and getting the ball inbounds.

Ethan Cameron was able to drive in for 2 points, but White County answered immediately.

The Warriors continued to push the pace, getting a steal and quick put back late in the third to make it 33-26.

With a little under five minutes to play, White County found success on their side when they were able to get points off of turnovers.

"White went on a 16-0 run which essentially put us away," Parker said. "Once we get to the point where we are putting four quarters together, the wins will come."

The Tigers had no points in the fourth until Will Mulberry hit a basket with 4:02 in the game to break the drought.

The team is now 0-2 and will take on Greater Atlanta Christian on Dec. 9.

Middle School Basketball

The Dawson County seventh grade basketball team took down Lumpkin County on Nov. 29 with a 46-13 victory at home.

"The boys played with good effort and I'm pleased with where we are at this point in the season," said Coach Kevin Grigsby. "We have high expectations for our team and I hope it continues to fuel the hard work we will need to put in now and in the future."

Zach Holtzclaw had 19 points in the game.

The Tigers are 4-1 and will face Clear Creek at 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Dawson County Middle School.

According to Grigsby it is an important matchup for seeding purposes in the post-season tournament.

The eighth grade boys' team got a 45-31 win over Lumpkin County on Nov. 29.

The win takes the team to 4-1 overall.

Dakota Sonnichson scored 21 points. Mason Barns added 7, Will Howard had 4 and Branden Swafford put in 6 more points. Max Tierney also got on the board with 5.

The team will play Clear Creek after the seventh grade boys' team at Dawson County Middle School tomorrow.