Hoops Preview: Dawson County Lady Tigers
A new era begins for Dawson County girls basketball, as Dawson native Will Anglin takes over as the head coach. His attention to detail, passion to win, and his character and integrity will make for the perfect fit, and he aims for this team to achieve the its very best while representing Dawson County.
HEAD COACH: Will Anglin (1st Season)
2021-22 RECORD: 17-11, Region 7-AAA 4th Place, 3A Rnd 1
RETURNING STARTERS: 2. Kirklyn Porter, Morgan Chester
KEY DEPARTURES: Ella Siuta (playing college ball at Johnson University)
KEY PLAYERS: Kirklyn Porter, Calleigh Lamb, Emmagrace McCarron, Morgan Chester, Jaci Wilson, Heather Burt, Abby Samples-Slaton, Anna Ayers, Kindra Coker, Eva Bishop. “Kirklyn and Morgan will play a significant role in our success this season,” states Anglin. “We are excited about our entire freshman class. It’s a great group of basketball-minded kids.”
OFFENSE: Fast-paced motion style offense. Lots of ball screens and allows the defense to create easy points.
STRENGTHS: “We are very balanced offensively,” adds Anglin. “We have a lot of kids that can score the basketball, making it difficult for teams to scout against.”
BIGGEST CHALLENGES: “Region 7-AAA,” exclaims Anglin. “This will arguably be the most difficult region in the state of Georgia. We will be tested on a nightly basis. Our kids will have to be mentally tough to survive this region.”
Point blank, the Lady Tigers are seeking yet another postseason berth. Since the 2012-13 season, this program has been in the playoffs in 9 out of 10 seasons. That includes a state title game run in ’12-13 and 3 Elite 8 trips. The expectation is so high for basketball in Dawson County. Anglin, a former standout athlete who always represents Dawson well, will get the most out of his players. Porter is a next-level talent that will be a force. With the fast-paced offense the Lady Tigers want to run, she’s going to be the hardest player to stop. There are several young players that will probably experience some early growing pains but will be better for it as the season rolls on. Look for Dawson County to be peaking at the right time.
“We expect to compete at a high level night end and night out, and develop an identity of hard-working kids that play together,” says Anglin.