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High Schools

ACAC tournament
At Memorial Coliseum
Girls semifinals
Heritage vs. Leo, 6 p.m.
Garrett vs. So. Wells, 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Garrett senior Brandi Dawson set the school’s all-time scoring record in a win against South Adams on Tuesday. She now has 1,266 points.

Railroaders get first-round sweep

Senior sets team’s career point mark in win

– The Garrett girls basketball team made it a dual celebration with a 53-41 ACAC tournament win over South Adams on Tuesday that also saw senior Brandi Dawson become the school’s all-time girls scoring leader.

The record-breaker came early when Dawson hit a jumper in the first to give her 1,244 points.

After the game, there was a small ceremony with former record-holder Kelly (Surfus) Flotow (1,242 career points) presenting Dawson with the game ball.

“It means a lot especially since my team helped me get this,” Dawson said. “They knew that I really wanted it, so they did a lot to help get it.”

Dawson finished with 28 points and has 1,266 career points.

“To do it halfway through the season says a lot about her, but it says a lot about her teammates because she has played on some really good teams,” Garrett coach Bob Lapadot said.

Dawson outscored the Starfires in the first half with 16 points as the Railroaders led 29-15 at halftime.

Class 3A No. 3 Garrett (14-0) advanced to the tournament semifinals at Memorial Coliseum against Southern Wells (7-6) at 7:30 p.m. today.

“We feel very grateful that we have this chance, and we want to go out with a bang,” Dawson said of winning the ACAC tournament.

It will be the Railroaders’ last chance at an ACAC tournament title as they re-enter the NECC next season. Garret has won the ACAC tourney title three times.

“We didn’t want to lose, period, but it means the world to us to go out and win this tournament and leave our name there one more time,” Lapadot said.

After beating South Adams (11-4) 67-35 earlier in the year, the Starfires kept it closer this time around.

But the closest South Adams got was a 37-28 deficit late in the third.

“We saw they were tougher so we knew we had to be tougher also and do as much as we could, have focus and just do what we needed,” Dawson said.

“We knew we were fortunate last time, and we knew if just executed this time we would be fine, and we were. We knew it wouldn’t be a 30-point game, that’s for sure, ” Lapadot said.

Dzejna Ahmetovic had 14 points and Sydney Willis 12 for South Adams.

In the boys game, Garrett beat South Adams 66-56.

Garrett (7-2) will face Adams Central (5-4) in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Coliseum.

The Jets (2-9) handed the Railroaders their first conference loss just three days earlier, 47-40.

“When we left Saturday night, the kids knew that there was a chance,” Garrett coach John Bodey said of the quick rematch with Adams Central. “Our kids were pretty disappointed with the way we played Saturday night. They wanted to make up for it (against South Adams).”

Garrett led 36-19 at halftime, and the lead never got below nine points.

“It was a good first half, but I wish we would have sustained,” Bodey said. “We didn’t sustain very well, and South Adams didn’t quit. We didn’t do a very good job of putting them away when we had them down.”

Justin McCoy led Garrett with 22 points, while Jared Grabau had 20 and Marco Vasquez 13 for South Adams.