DAWSON, GA – Saturday, Jan 6, the Dawson County Lady Tigers (9-7, 1-3 Region 7-AAA) hosted the Forsyth Central Lady Bulldogs (7-9, 0-2 Region 5-AAAAAAA) and although this was a non-region contest, the ladies from Dawson County showed up ready to play. This was the second time this season that these to programs met on the hardwood, as Dawson’s varsity girls took a 19-pt victory on the Lady Bulldog’s court on Dec 16.
Not taking their second meeting for granted, Dawson County started the game strong and finished in the same manner, leaving no doubt that the best team won Saturday afternoon. The final margin? A whopping 30 points, the biggest loss served to the Lady Bulldogs this season! Final score: 66-36.
With a dominating 30-pt victory and more than 60-pts on the scoreboard, the Lady Tigers clearly know how to shoot a basketball. Leading the scoring for the Lady Tigers in her first game back from injury was Kaylee Sticker – with 19 points (including four 3 pointers). She was followed by Sophia d’Oliveria with 10 points, respectively.
Dawson County head coach Steve Sweat also had plenty to be proud of in the effort of his girls on the defensive side of the basketball, providing a balanced performance of defensive pressure and accurate shooting offensively.
The Lady Tigers will be at home on Tuesday hosting Union County (11-4, 3-1) in what should be an exciting game for Region 7-AAA. The Lady Panthers are coming off a four game win streak and currently sit tied for second overall in the region (with North Hall). Tip-off is scheduled for 6pm and you won’t want to miss this one. Union County has a reputation for traveling well, so if you’re a fan of your Tigers you’ll want to make it a point to get to the game early and cheer for your varsity girls and boys!
On the boys side, the Tigers (12-4 overall, 4-0 Region 7-AAA) took a tough loss to a strong Forsyth Central Bulldogs team 63-57 in overtime. This was the second consecutive night the Tigers forced overtime against a strong team. Just one night prior to this matchup, the Tigers took the victory over East Hall in Gainesville, 94-91.
Though head coach Chad Pittman was proud of the effort of his team in this game, the Tigers unfortunately did not appear to have the energy to hold off the Bulldogs in the overtime period. They fought hard and played well, and despite the loss they showed everyone in attendance why they are the team to beat in Region 7-AAA.
Dawson County was led in scoring by Jeremiah Crumley with 25, followed by Cullen Reed with 22 and Campbell Reed with 7.
The Tigers will hit the hardwoods again Tuesday night at 7:30 when they host Union County (13-2, 3-1), who’s only region loss came by the hands of East Hall (77-61) on Jan 3.
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.
COMMERCE, Ga. — In checking his list, Santa must have decided the Dawson County boys basketball team had been naughty but the girls had been nice so he delivered the appropriate gifts Tuesday at the Commerce Christmas Tournament.
The Lady Tigers defeated Stephens County 45 to 34 and will move on to play the winner of the Madison County vs. Hebron Academy game Wednesday.
Paced by junior Abi Chatham’s 23 points, the Lady Tigers rallied from an 8-point deficit in the first quarter to post their fourth victory of the season.
The game was tied 18-18 at halftime. Dawson County led 33-30 after three quarters then outscored the Lady Indians by 8 in the final eight minutes. Kaylee Sticker and Cadey Ayers each had 7 points for the winners. Tykia Thompson led Stephens County with 20 points.
Following that game, Coach Chad Pittman’s Tigers ran into a buzz saw in Stephens County.
The Indians scored the game’s first 13 points. Dawson County didn’t light the scoreboard until Cullen Reed sank a 3-pointer with 2:59 left in the first period.
With Chaz Bridges scoring 13 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, the Indians raced off to a 36-19 lead at intermission and were never really threatened the rest of the way.
After trailing by as much as 25 points in the third quarter, the Tigers went on a 12-3 run to pull to within 59-48 midway through the fourth but that was as close as they could get.
Cullen Reed led Dawson County with 21 points followed by Jeremiah Crumley with 20 and Joseph Cronan with 10.
Senior Nunu Walker added 20 points for the Indians and Deundra Singleton scored 16.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County boys turned in their most impressive win of the season Monday, beating visiting Habersham County 66 to 39 in a non-region game. The win lifts the Tigers record to 7-5 heading into the Commerce Christmas Tournament next week.
The Lady Tigers held a 10-point lead when the fourth quarter started, but they couldn’t hold off the hard-charging Lady Raiders in a 51 to 43 loss. Led by Lainey Gosnell, who finished with a game-high 18 points, Habersham County outscored Dawson County 24-6 in the final eight minutes to clinch the win.
Kaylee Sticker led Dawson County with 12 points, followed by Abi Chatham with 10.
In the boys game, Coach Chad Pittman’s Tigers connected on nine three-pointers. Guard Jeremiah Crumley drained three from long range in the first quarter to help Dawson County race to a 21-8 lead.
Crumley, the game’s leading scorer with 16 points, added another 3-pointer in the second period then sank a pair of free throws and layup to help the Tigers open up a 35-19 halftime lead.
With Crumley, Kane Pelfrey, Cullen Reed and Joseph Cronin adding 3-pointers in the third quarter, the Tigers blew open a 53-24 lead and Pittman began to substitute freely the rest of the way.
Reed finished with 13 points, followed by Cronin with 11. Cooper Rowland led Habersham County with 10 points.