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Lady Panthers advance to Sweet 16, Dawson girls fall on the road

Only Union County and Dawson County took the court on Thursday evening in the opening round of the state playoffs. For Union, it meant advancing closer to a championship. Dawson fell in a tough loss on the road despite a solid outing.

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CEDAR GROVE 45, DAWSON 39

The Lady Tigers (14-14) closed their season in a 45-39 low-scoring loss at Cedar Grove. Dawson County led heading into the fourth quarter, 35-27 before the home team rallied for the win. The Lady Tigers outscored Cedar Grove in each of those first three quarter, but were held to just 4 points in the final quarter while the home team dropped in 18 for the win. Marlie Townley led in scoring with 13 points, ending her career with a double-double while adding 10 boards. Junior Maddie Anglin had 9 points, senior Sophia D’Oliveira and freshman Kirklyn Porter scored 6 each.

UNION 69, THERRELL 40

The Lady Panthers (22-6) got HUGE production from Ava Hunter when it mattered most. She scored a game-best 27 points in leading Union to a Sweet 16 berth, their first since the ’15-16 season (which is also the last time they were in the playoffs). Kait McCarter had 12, Andelin Hill had 9, and Brooke Dockrey had 8 for the Lady Panthers. The girls never really ran into trouble, getting out to a 16-7 lead after one, and stretching that to 23-7 early in the second. It was 51-29 heading into the final quarter, when Union put the game away quickly.

Feature photo by Todd Forrest

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