It’s been an emotional week for the Dawson County boys. The high came when the Tigers learned they had been ranked No. 1 in the state. The low came Friday after they were beaten for the second straight game, this time 56-42 by North Hall.
The No-8 ranked Trojans improved to 14-1 and 6-0 in Region 7, which sets up a showdown with No. 6 Buford on Tuesday night in Gainesville. Buford handed Dawson County its first loss of the season on Jan. 8.
North Hall’s scoring leaders against Dawson were Ebo Smith and Adam Kelly, who each had 19 points. The Trojans limited Dawson standout Tyler Dominy to three points.
Dawson County (14-2, 4-2) was hurt by the absence of Will Anglin, an excellent outside shooter, who missed his second straight game. Cameron Chester led the Tigers with 11 points and 11 rebounds
The No. 7 Dawson girls bounced back from their loss to Buford with a 55-51 win over North Hall. Carly Gilreath scored 16 and Sheyenne Seabolt scored 14 for the Tigers (14-2). Katie Sayres scored 13 points for North Hall (9-6).
Hubbard scores 31 in North Oconee win
Brooke Hubbard knows a little something about coming through as a rival.
Hubbard scored 31 points to lead the No. 4 North Oconee girls to a 69-37 win over Oconee County. Ginny Channell scored 13 and Hannah Harden added 11 for the Titans, who improved to 13-2 overall and 6-0 in Region 8-AAA.
Oconee County, which was No. 4 in the preseason poll, dropped to 5-8. Brianna Dickens led the Warriors with 14 points, including four 3-pointers, and Morgan Meglio added 13.
Cartersville girls making their mark
The undefeated Cartersville boys get most of the attention at the school, but the girls basketball team is also worthy of some attention.
The Cartersville girls are 9-5 overall and 5-1 in Region 5 after Friday’s 55-50 win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. The Canes have won four straight going into Saturday’s non-region game against Cass.
Three Cartersville players have reached milestones this year. Junior Kaelyn Irby has surpassed the 1,000-point mark for her career. Guard Stefanie Will has broken past the 500-point mark. Center Jazmine Baldwin now has more than 200 points and 200 rebounds.
The real test will come on Jan. 22 when the Canes host region-leading Sonoraville. Cartersville lost its first meeting with the No. 6 Phoenix in December.
Beach girls win 14th game
The Beach girls continue to overwhelm the opposition in Region 1.
As expected, the No. 8-ranked Bulldogs have dominated the league since dropping down in classification. Beach is 9-0 in the region and 14-3 overall.
On Friday Beach had four girls score in double figures and routed Southeast Bulloch 74-30. The team is led by the Spann sisters – Ilyn and Irie. Ilyn had 14 points and seven steals against Southeast Bulloch and Irie had 11 points and five assists. Jada Young had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the game.
Camille Anderson made four 3-pointers and scored 17 as No. 1 Buford whipped West Hall 61-22. Kaela Davis added 15 for the Wolves (11-3). . . . No. 6 Sonoraville improved to 15-1 with a 42-23 win over Adairsville. The Phoenix jumped out to a 17-2 first-quarter lead and was never threatened. Carrie Cheeks scored 10 points as Sonoraville won its sixth straight game.