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 Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter
This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.
It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.
The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.
With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.
Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.
The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.
Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.
The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!
On Friday night the Fannin County Rebels hosted the Dawson County Tigers. Last season Fannin beat Dawson by a score of 31-15. Last years game was something that Dawson had in their minds as they began the game. The Tigers came into this game hot, after beating Union County by a score of 57-26. Fannin County had a week to recover after playing Greater Atlanta Christian.
The opening kickoff was squibbed by Fannin and Dawson County took possession at the 35 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Tigers QB, Coey Watson, found his receiver, Austin Young, in the middle of the field for a 65 yard touchdown. The Tigers tried to surprise the Rebels by going for two and were stopped short. The Rebels then took control at the 20 on their first possession, the Dawson defense followed Fannin QB, Brad Davis’ eyes, and intercepted the pass around the 30 yard line. The very next play Watson was able to find his man in the end zone. 45 seconds into the game Dawson County had a firm grasp on the game with a 14-0 lead.
The Rebels offense continued to struggle as Senior WR, Cooper Earls had to come out of the game due to injury early in the first quarter. Throughout the first the offense was unable to gain more than a first down, giving Dawson County favorable field position all night. The Tigers would go on to score another passing touchdown and a field goal before the opening quarter ended. At the end of the first the Tigers lead by a score of 24-0.
The revenge minded Tigers continued to take out last years frustrations as the scoring continued in the 2nd Quarter. Coey Watson continued his arial attack during the remainder of the half leading his team on scoring drives four times in the 2nd, all of which ending in a touchdown, two of which were rushing. Dawson running back Peyton Myers would take the ball in from just a few yards out with under 5 minutes left and then again before halftime. At the half Dawson county was leading by a score of 52-0. Because of the score at the half, the mercy rule was applied, which means the clock continuously runs for the remaineder of the game.
The Rebels had a new face behind center at the beginning of the second half, Junior QB, Tyler Norton came into the game. During his first drive he found his receiver for a couple yards but came up short on 3rd down. Dawson County also made a QB change as Junior, Connor Bearden, stepped in. Neither team was able to move the ball during the 3rd.
During the 4th Quarter the Rebels and Norton were finally able to get into the end zone with about 8 minutes left in the game, when Jacob Reece took the ball in from two yards out. During the final minute of the game the Tigers fumbled the football near midfield. The Rebels took possession with under 10 seconds left and Norton was able to find an open man down the sideline and scored as the final buzzer sounded. The game ended with Dawson County winning by a score of 52-13.
The Rebels now find themselves at 0-3 in the region. Fannin County has all but been eliminated from playoff contention.
The Tigers find themselves at 3-0 in the region, placing them just behind GAC in the region standings.
Next week the Rebels head to Lumpkin County to take on the 3-4 Indians.