Lady Tigers cruise to victory, Tigers come up short in OT

Dawson County High School, Sports

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.

*Courtside coverage provided by Luther Kinsey, TeamFYNSports Correspondent
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Dawson County Boys, Girls Teams Beat Lumpkin County

Dawson County High School, Sports

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — The Dawson County boys and girls basketball teams took twin wins over rival Lumpkin County Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers (2-7, 1-1) placed three players in double figures to roll past the Lady Indians 55-27. Abi Chatham led the way with 20 points, followed by Kaylee Sticker and Cadey Ayers with 12 each.

Dawson County led 21-16 at halftime, and outscored the visitors 15-1 in the third quarter and 19-10 in the fourth to put the game away.

Coach Chad Pittman’s boys had a more difficult time in outlasting a scrappy Indians team 58-55.
Lumpkin County’s Zack Pulley was the game’s leading scorer with 18 points. Dawson County countered with three players scoring in double figures. Freshman Campbell Reed led the Tigers with 12 points, followed by Cullen Reed with 11 and Joseph Cronin with 10.

Campbell Reed scored all his points on four 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Tigers opened up a 39-30 lead at halftime.

Lumpkin County rallied to tie the game at 43-43 on a pair of free throws by Jacob Zarate and again at 48-48 on a 3-pointer by Matthew Hayes with 5:26 left in the game. With 3:50 left, the Tigers held a very shaky 53-51 lead and the Indians were still alive but they never scored again.


Dawson County Splits Games in Christmas Tourney

Tigers, Indians fight for loose ball

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.

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