The Dawson Co. Lady Tigers (14-11, 7-6 Region 7-3A) defeated the East Hall Lady Vikings (9-16, 4-9 Region 7-3A) 52-46 to advance to the second round of the Region 7-3A tournament and clinch a state playoff berth. The Lady Tigers opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to take a lead that they never lost.
Marlie Townley led the way for the Lady Tigers with 22 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks. Maddie Anglin also scored 11 points for Dawson Co.
It took the Lady Tigers a few minutes to get things going. They didn’t score until halfway through the first quarter, but went on a 9-0 run to lead 11-10 after the first quarter.
Dawson Co. started off the second quarter much stronger. They open with an 8-2 run to extend their lead. However, the Lady Vikings responded with a 9-2 run and tied the game at 21 at halftime.
East Hall used a 12-2 run in the middle of the third quarter to seize control of the game. Dawson Co. responded with a late 6-0 run to cut the Lady Viking lead to 37-34 with one quarter left to play.
The Lady Tigers started the fourth quarter on an 11-2 run to gain a solid lead. They held on to win the game 52-46 and clinch a state playoff berth.
Dawson Co. advances to the next round of the Region 7-3A tournament and will play North Hall on Friday at East Hall at 4 p.m.