As Tuesday approached, the Lady Rebels prepared themselves for what was going to be an emotional night. The Dawson County Lady Tigers traveled to Fannin to take on the Rebels for senior night. Both teams were coming from losses their games prior to the matchup and were prepared to put their all into a win.
The seniors put all of their emotions to the side as they stepped onto the court to start the game. Lady Rebel senior, Hope Franklin, led her team in scoring for the night due to her grit on the block with twenty-four points. “Hope Franklin has led us in points, rebounds, and steals for the past two years. She stepped it up tonight and will be tremendously missed,” head coach, Suzianne Pass, shared with the FYN team. Lady Tiger, Kaylee Sticker, led Dawson in scoring with nineteen points. Dawson had a 16-4 lead over the Rebels at the end of the first quarter.
An unlikely candidate came in at the start of the second quarter for the Rebels. Morgan Holt had been out all season due to an injury she acquired last year but was finally cleared to step on the court again. Holt’s hustle resulted in her drawing a foul and contributing one point for her team. Lady Rebel Senior, Morgan Patton, just also recovered from an injury that kept her out of the game for the first part of the season and added six more points onto Fannin’s score. “Morgan Patton has been very injury prone her four years with us. She has gotten the wrong end a couple of times with her ankle and hip injuries. She is the glue that we have been missing all year,” Pass shared about the senior. The Tigers kept their lead over the Rebels at the end of the second quarter with a score of 34-23.
Although the majority of the Rebels points came from Franklin, she was not the only one to make an impact from the block. Lady Rebel, Reagan Henderson, got aggressive downlow by drawing a foul and making both of her foul shots. Senior for the Lady Rebels, Bailey Whitener, got scrappy and played great defense. When asking coach Pass about the senior, she replied, “Bailey Whitener is probably one of the most well rounded child there is. She can go from musical instruments, to golf, to basketball, and she has made a huge difference in our team. She is probably our most improved player this year.” Another senior for the Rebels, Makenzie McClure, also had a good game from the post position where she put three more points on the board for her team. “I have known Makenzie McClure since she was a baby and she has really done well for us. She came off the bench last year and played very well with her non-stop hustle,” Pass shared with FYN. Dawson was showing no mercy on Fannin at the end of the third quarter with a score of 50-25.
“Savada Collins has stepped it up the last couple of years and has done a great job. I have never seen her not hustle on the court. Maddie Johnson has played quite a bit over the four years she has been here. She’s a very good, hard nosed, defensive player who always hustles,” Pass shared about the two seniors. Collins had ball fakes left and right and contributed two points for her team while Johnson added five more points to the Rebels score with her speed. As the clock wound down, the time came for new Lady Rebels to take the seniors spots on the court. One by one, new players were substituted in for the seniors as they had their names announced and fans clapping in the stands. As the buzzer sounded to end the game, the Lady Tigers found themselves with a 60-43 victory over the Lady Rebels. “These six seniors have made a huge impact on our program. They have stepped into some big roles for us over the years and we are so grateful to have had the opportunity to coach them. We have six great kids who are truly going to be missed,” Pass shared with the FYN team.
The Rebels loss puts their overall record at 8-11 while the Tigers stand at 12-8. Catch the Lady Rebels next game on January 30 at 6:00 as they travel to take on GAC!