GAINESVILLE, Ga. — North Hall outscored Region 7-AAA opponent Dawson County 9-3 in overtime Tuesday to claim a hard fought 60-55 win at the North Hall gym.
Coach Chad Pittman’s Tigers (8-8, 2-2) trailed by as much as 10 points in the first half, but a fourth-quarter rally and layup by Cullen Reed with five seconds left sent the game into overtime.
But Dawson County failed to score a single point in the extra period until Joseph Cronan sank a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left.
North Hall scored only one field goal in the overtime period, but hit 7 of 14 free throws to put the game away.
North Hall led 19-10 after the first period and 29-22 at halftime.
Dawson County took a 43-42 lead on Ryan Gallenkamp’s layup with 5:59 left in the game before the Trojans went on an 8-2 run to lead 50-44 with 42 seconds left.
A Jeremiah Crumley layup, a 3-pointer by Reed and Reed’s layup with 5 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Reed was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points. Crumley added 14 for the Tigers. Alden Lewallen led North Hall with 14, followed by Evan Easton with 11.
The Tigers will travel to East Hall for another 7-AAA game Friday.
North Hall (10-7, 3-2) defeated Dawson County 55-44 in the girls’ game. The Lady Trojans led 27-15 at intermission. The Lady Tigers rallied in the third quarter to trim the deficit to 37-32 entering the final period.
But the Lady Trojans outscored Dawson County 18-2 in the fourth quarter, hitting 7 of 10 foul shots and getting three 3-point baskets by Sadie Cleveland.
Taylor Anne Kelley led North Hall with 24 points followed by Cleveland with 22.
Abi Chatham and Calli Watson led Dawson County with eight points each.