Dawson County used a ferocious fourth-quarter comeback to claim a 56-53 nail-biting win in a top-10 matchup at Lumpkin on Friday night. It was the second time this season the #8-ranked Lady Tigers edged the #10 Lady Indians in dramatic fashion.
Lumpkin County (17-6; 6-5 in 7-AAA) had a chance to surpass Dawson (16-7; 7-3) in the region standings, but came up just short on senior night, despite forward Mackenzie Pulley eclipsing 1,000 career points on a free throw in the last three seconds of the game.
The Lady Indians held a 47-42 lead early in the fourth quarter before Dawson used a 12-2 run to take control for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Tigers led 13-11 after one and went on a 15-3 run to start the second and go up 30-19. However, the Lady Indians responded with a 6-0 run to close the quarter and trail only 44-39 at the break.
The third quarter belonged to Lumpkin, who outscored Dawson 19-9, including a pivotal 11-3 run to take a 39-37 lead with three minutes left in the third. After Pulley hit a three early in the fourth, the Lady Tigers went on the 12-2 tear, highlighted by nine fourth quarter points by Kaylee Sticker and six by Madison Anglin.
Sticker led all scorers with 20, while Anglin finished with 19 on five 3-pointers. Ashlynn Wistoski led Lumpkin with 16, while Makenzie Caldwell had 14 and Isabel Davenport 10. Pulley finished with seven, the exact amount she needed to reach 1,000 career points.
The win is Dawson’s third straight, and snapped Lumpkin’s three-game win streak in the process.