Down 31-28 at the half, the Lady Tigers outscored the Lady Red Raiders 20-9 in the third quarter to take over the game. Dawson went on to win Saturday’s opening game of the North Forsyth Tip-off Tournament 69-55. Maddie Anglin and Sophia D’Oliveira lead the way with 15 points. D’Oliveira nearly had a triple-double, as she also had 9 boards and 8 assists. Marlie Townley also came close to a triple-double as she chipped in 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Mariah Benson also had a big game as she put up 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Lady Tigers.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter, with neither team able to gain any separation. At the end of the first quarter, Dawson trailed 19-17.
The second quarter was just as competitive. Dawson went into halftime only down 3 points. Anglin and D’Oliveira each had 8 in the half.
The Lady Tigers opened the second half on a 6-0 run to get the lead back. They also had a 12-0 run late in the third that was halted by a three from Madison County. Dawson took the 48-40 lead into the fourth.
After the teams traded multiple scores to start the final period, the Lady Tigers took over. They sealed the deal with an 8-0 run late in the 4th, as they walked away with a 69-55 win.
The second round of the tournament will take place on Monday at 4 P.M. against Cherokee High School.