The Lady Tigers had another up and down week when the team picked up a crucial region win with their dominant performance against the Lady Rebels of Fannin County, but fell to the North Hall Trojans on homecoming night.
"We have had enough ‘up and down' weeks," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "We need to have some ‘up' weeks."
The 69-47 win over Fannin and the 62-41 loss to North Hall takes Dawson County to 8-14 on the season and now 5-5 in Region 7-AAA. The team is in fourth in the region as they head into the final week of regular season games before the region tournament on Feb. 7-8.
"I believe we can win both games next week if we come ready to play," Sweat said. "I want us to play up to our potential. We are one week away from the region tournament. Everybody wants to be playing your best ball when the tournament starts."
In the Jan. 24 game against Fannin, Dawson jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with 5 of those points coming off a Kaylee Sticker 3-pointer in the corner and a put back on a rebound.
Sticker had 21 points in the home contest with 11 of those coming in the first quarter of play.
The Lady Rebels battled back in the second period, the only one period when the team outscored the Lady Tigers. At half, Dawson's lead was still 12 points.
In the second half, Anna Lowe put two in underneath before getting a block two plays later.
Abi Chatham added a three from the top left and with 1:39 in the third quarter, Dawson called a timeout with a 39-26 lead.
Chatham had 16 points on the night and Lowe finished with 13.
Emma Brown found Sticker under the basket late in the third for an easy two, but did not draw the foul.
A foul sent Fannin to the line twice before Brown would pick up a steal just before the fourth quarter.
In the final period, Lowe hit Sticker who passed to Marlie Townley for another easy 2 points.
Calli Watson went to the line followed by Townley on the next two possessions. Townley had 9 points in the game.
During the Jan. 27 homecoming matchup with the Lady Trojans, Sweat said that his girls did not come ready to play.
North Hall started the first quarter with a 17-4 lead.
The Lady Tigers struggled from the 3-point line early with the exception of a Chatham 3-pointer on the left side.
Dawson fought back in the second but went to half down 35-19.
To start the second half, Cadey Ayers picked up an early rebound and on the next Lady Tiger possession Sticker hit Chatham who found Lowe underneath for a quick 2 points.
Ayers followed that with a three.
Sticker had 15 points on the night and Ayers finished with 7 points.
After a Sticker drive that was good for a 3-point play, North Hall called a timeout with 2:29 in the third and a 39-28 lead.
Dawson would cut the lead to 9 points, but could not get any closer down the stretch.
In the final period, Sticker and Ayers would go to the line and Watson hit a three from the left side.
The Lady Tigers played East Hall on Jan. 31, but results were not available as of press time.
Dawson County will host Union County at 7 p.m. on Feb. 3 for senior night.