The Dawson County High School varsity girls' basketball team picked up a big region win on the road against Union County and fell to East Hall by a single point during last week's makeup game.
The Lady Tigers traveled to Union where they won handily over the Lady Panthers by a score of 61-38.
"At Union I was really pleased that we didn't back off when we had the lead," said Head Coach Steve Sweat. "We built on the lead in the second half."
Dawson had an 18-7 lead after the first quarter.
Anna Lowe had a big block after putting in two down low on the opposite end.
Kaylee Sticker went to the line twice in the first quarter, putting in three of her five shots. Sticker had 19 points in the contest.
In the second quarter, Cadey Ayers drove and was fouled on her shot that was good for the 3-point play.
Calli Watson added a 3-pointer and Sticker had a put back underneath on an offensive rebound.
The Lady Tigers held a 33-21 lead at half and did not let up in the second.
Three point shots would not go early in the third, but Sticker went to the line on a drive and sunk both before adding an assist to Marlie Townley down low.
Sticker would also add threes at the end of the third and again in the fourth.
Lowe had a jumper for two before forcing a turnover.
Dawson County outscored Union 15-6 in the final period and picked up the region win.
On Jan. 14, the Lady Tigers traveled to East Hall for a rescheduled game against the Lady Vikings.
It was a battle to the end of the one point loss.
"At East Hall, we battled the whole game, literally," Sweat said. "We took the lead back several times late in the game."
Sticker again led all scorers, this time with 15 points. Watson had 10, three of which came off a half-court shot at the buzzer to end the third period and help the momentum.
Watson got a steal and scored after an Emma Brown drive for two late in the second.
Dawson was down 25-18 at the half, but the Lady Tigers kept it tight in the third.
Sticker picked up a 3-pointer from the lower left side to tie the game at 28 before the Lady Tigers would go ahead on a Watson basket.
Then the Lady Vikings went to the line five times in a row and had a 37-29 lead at the end of three.
Watson put in a 3-point shot and Brown drove for two to cut the lead back down to three points before East Hall called a time out.
Sticker would cut the lead down to one with another three before East Hall went to the line again.
With 2:14 to play, Dawson called for a time out with a three point deficit. Out of the break, Abi Chatham drained a three to tie it at 44.
What looked like it would be an over and back call on Chatham was not called as a Lady Viking got a hand on the ball. The crowd, however, did not agree and East Hall received a technical foul on its bench.
Chatham regained the lead for the Lady Tigers going one for two at the line.
A turnover gave the Lady Vikings the ball and the lead back with 37 seconds on the clock.
The Lady Vikings would go back to the line unsuccessfully before a half -court heave from Sticker would not go. East Hall won 46-45.
Dawson County moves to 6-12 overall and 3-3 in region play.
The team faced Greater Atlanta Christian on Jan. 17 at home but results were not available as of press time.
The Lady Tigers will play on Jan. 20 at Lumpkin County.