The Dawson Co. Lady Tigers (11-8, 5-3 Region 7-3A) lost to the visiting Greater Atlanta Christian Lady Spartans (10-9, 6-1 Region 7-3A) 71-59 on Tuesday night. The Lady Tigers were playing without two starters, Sophia D’Oliveira and Mariah Benson.
Maddie Anglin led the team in scoring with 19 points including three 3-pointers. The Lady Tigers had three other players score in double figures, with Marlie Townley scoring 15 points, Avery Herring scoring 11 points, and Kirklyn Porter scoring 10 points.
The Lady Tigers started the game off strong by jumping out to a 15-4 lead in the first quarter. However, the Lady Spartans responded with a 19-0 run to end the quarter with a 23-15 lead.
Despite a strong start to the second quarter from Dawson Co., the Lady Spartans ended the period on an 8-2 run to extend their lead to double digits. GAC took a 35-24 lead into the half.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair, as the teams traded scores. A late 9-2 run from the Lady Spartans allowed them to extend their lead to 54-38 with one period left to play.
The Lady Tigers fought hard in the fourth quarter to close the gap, but it wasn’t enough. A 14-2 run late in the game made the score closer, but Dawson Co. lost 71-59.
Coach Steve Sweat said, “You have to not make turnovers, play good/smart defense, and get the backside rebounds if you want to have a chance of beating them!”
The Dawson Co. Lady Tigers play at home again this Friday at 7pm vs Denmark.